Dissident rappers trigger lyrical battle for Cuban hearts and minds

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It is one of communist Cuba’s most hallowed slogans, deployed by Fidel Castro in the 1959 revolution and repeated countless times since: “Patria o Muerte” — Fatherland or Death. So when a group of Cuban rappers, some living abroad, launched a lyrical challenge to the sacred phrase, subverting it to “Patria y Vida” — Fatherland and Life — and calling time on the revolution to a chorus of “It’s over”, the Havana government mobilised to defeat the insurgents, including with their own musical riposte. The rap pulls no punches. The video opens with an image of 19th century Cuban hero José Martí that burns away to reveal George Washington, another revolutionary. “No more lies, my people demand freedom, no more doctrines,” run the lyrics.

It is catchy but given this:

it's suspect. I don't trust it.
 

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He should have Drake or 21 Savage do a verse next time....it may catch on more
 

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What, you mean assholish U.S. privateers trying to covertly win over Cuban hearts and minds with slickly produced propaganda? Why, I never!
 

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