After his awkward foray into hip-hop last November, Vladimir Putin
stands to win an award for his efforts. Muz TV—Russia's version of
MTV—has nominated him for its "Event of the Year" award. This is as good
a time as any to look back on the speech Putin gave extolling the
virtues of hip-hop culture:
Street rap may be a little bit rough but it contains social meaning.
Graffiti becomes a real elegant art. Break dance is something special.
It is really a promotion of a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to imagine
break dance being combined with alcohol or drugs. When people perform
with acrobatic elements it really calls for respect.
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