SINGER and songwriter Kanye West is extending his music to Russia in a debut appearance set for later this year.
Kanye West, now known as Ye, plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Moscow and will hold Sunday Service shows as his musical debut in the country.
His confidant and strategic advisor, Ameer Sudan, said Ye plans to make Moscow his "second home,” adding, “he will be spending a lot of time out there.”
Ye has reportedly wanted to meet with Putin since he debuted the Sunday Service project in 2019.
During his trip, Sudan said Ye is also working on new business deals with Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire real estate developer Aras Agalarov and his son Emin Agalarov.
Although Sudan did not disclose the business dealings, he told Billboard that the new deal would likely increase Ye's wealth to more than $10billion.
Despite ongoing discussions between Russia and the US, Sudan said, “Kanye knows what’s going on more than the average human being, he’s well aware of things.
"And it’s nothing against the United States or to cause conflicts, but Ye is Ye — he can’t be controlled.”
What has President Vladimir Putin previously said about rap and hip hop music?
President Vladimir Putin is a practicer of Christianity and often references the Russian Orthodox faith in his speeches but he has also used this religion to push back against Rap and Hip Hop music.
He had primarily accused the music genre of containing immoral lyrics and said it was up to the government to manage it.
“This is part of culture, this is part of our common culture, so it needs to be treated with great caution," Putin said at the Presidential Council for Culture and Art in St. Petersburg in 2018.
“If it is impossible to stop, then it is necessary to navigate and guide accordingly."
Following his speech, artists scheduled to perform across the country were canceled.
The Russian rapper, Husky, was one of many whose concerts were canceled after it was "checked for extremism," CNN reported in 2018.
But when he moved to a different location to perform, the power was cut and he was arrested after moving the concert outdoors.
Following his arrest, well-known rappers Oxxxymiron, Basta, and Noize MC prepared to hold an "I'm Going to Sing My Music" charity concert in Moscow.
Husky was quickly released from prison before the charity concert took place.
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