Asserting that rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling rather than banning the music.
“If it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it,” the Russian President was quoted as saying in an Associated Press (AP) dispatch from Moscow.
AP reported that Putin is alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth.
But Putin said at a St. Petersburg meeting with cultural advisers Saturday that attempts to ban artists from performing will have an adverse effect and bolster their popularity.
He is particularly concerned with drug themes prevalent in rap.
Putin described it as a path to the degradation of the nation.
He said “drug propaganda” is worse than cursing.
AP reported that last month a rapper known as Husky, whose videos have garnered more than 6 million views on YouTube, was arrested after he staged an impromptu performance when his show was shut down in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar.