Freemuse research has demonstrated that rappers with dissenting or politically oppositional views, often expressed through their music, are disproportionately targeted. There is a growing trend of governments prosecuting and persecuting rap musicians across the world. Freemuse is relaunching the “tRAPped” campaign to continue advocating for rappers that have been arbitrary detained, raise public awareness about the specific legislation targeting rap as a musical genre, as well as the systematic persecution that rappers face worldwide.
In their interviews with Freemuse, rap musicians have recounted their experiences with censorship, intimidation, harassment, and prosecution. These narratives demonstrate the blatant violations of the right to freedom of artistic expression of rap musicians across the world.
Cuban rapper Didier Almagro was sentenced to three years in prison for protesting a power cut in Cuba. This followed the musician’s arrest, where he was beaten and denied the right to speak to his family. Join our call for the immediate release of Didier and the dropping of all charges against him by signing this petition and supporting the campaign!