“I go hard like Vladimir Putin…”
Russian head-honcho Vladimir Putin may not be East Coast… he may not be West Coast. No one really knows. But it’s a fair bet he’s not exactly a big fan of Tupac or Biggie.
To be honest, I don’t think he’s much of a fan of the whole Rap/Hip-Hop genre. Case in point: Bro Vlad is coming down hard on Rap in Mother Russia.
As reported by News Corp Australia;
Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap music among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling popular music.
“If it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it,” Mr Putin said.
The Russian leader told cultural advisers at a Kremlin meeting on Saturday that attempts to ban artists from performing will either have an adverse effect and bolster their popularity, however, they have to crack down.
Mr Putin argued that “rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest.”
But he is particularly concerned with drug themes prevalent in rap, saying “this is a path to the degradation of the nation.”
Carefully cultivating quite the cult image for himself, what may be the height of Putin worship would be the 2014 rap homage, “I Go Hard Like Vladimir Putin”. Performed by the duo known an A.M.G., the two “expats from Africa. K. King, who’s from Zimbabwe via London, and Beni Maniaci, from Kenya, both moved to Moscow in the early 2000s to study medicine in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad). After finishing school, the two settled in Moscow to ‘build foundations and make connections,’ as King puts it.”
The two were interviewed by the pop culture website Vocative.com, when K. King was asked for the backstory regarding their tribute to Putin. “You see, in black culture, in Africa, most kids grow up without a father figure or a hero. And so we grew up on legends of real living people. If people from where I grew up in Zimbabwe know my history, they would say, ‘I wanna be serious like K.King.’ So we were thinking, ‘We wanna go hard.’ But like who? [Snaps fingers.] Like Putin.”