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Blacklisted in Russia: A Conversation with Rapper Noize MC
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Please join the Harriman Institute for a moderated discussion and Q&A with the popular Russian rapper Noize MC. In this conversation, we will explore Russian rap as a platform for social and political commentary and as a genre of transgressive poetic and music traditions. We will also encourage questions from the audience. This event is moderated by Mark Lipovetsky and Tanya Efremova and is part of our Contemporary Culture Series.

Ivan Alekseyev, known professionally as Noize MC, is a Russian rapper, singer, and actor. Noize MC is widely known for his politically resonant songs and video clips critiquing corruption, police violence, and public censorship. His band faced major cancellations of concerts after he publicly opposed the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and expressed support for Alexey Navalny in 2019. Following the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, together with the Russian indie-singer Monetochka, Noize MC gave a series of benefit concerts in Europe directing the revenue to Ukrainian humanitarian funds.