It all started with a Twitter clash between rapper Talib Kweli and Russian hip-hop artists SD and I1. Kweli, 44, accused the Russian hip-hop scene of being racist and supporters of the Nazi movement, while sharing a pic featuring some of the country's most well-known rappers. In the said photo one of the musicians was spotted demonstrating what could be perceived as a Nazi salute.
Kweli's reaction provoked a conflict with many of the country's rappers and caused a massive response from their fans. Some of them even started trolling the artist for his verbal assaults by posting fake pics allegedly featuring Russian artists with swastika attributes and Nazi-related paraphernalia. The rapper did not appear to get the humour and promised to "end" the careers of those alleged Russian Nazi artists on the hip-hop scene.
btw this is russian rapper oxxxymiron back in the days pic.twitter.com/6hbyDN875e— M A (@mertviykarlik) February 25, 2020
Following the trolling, Kweli even reposted a scene from the Russian anti-fascist satirical comedy "Hitler Kaput", featuring another Russian hip hop star Timati, while accusing the artist not only of racism but also of blatant imitation.
This isn’t photoshop and dude isn’t in Black Star.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) February 25, 2020
RT @asgusev77: @IlyasFreez_ @TalibKweli @nomorkoving @sdthaking @L_Dime @I1Official @style_if Ever heard of photoshop? Jesus Christ, wtf is wrong with you. The word Black in “Black Star” doesn’t even mean the color of skin. pic.twitter.com/baAFynngYO
"I’m currently being trolled by Russian rap fans in droves posting straight up Nazi propaganda. The Russian hiphop scene is extremely racist. It’s being led by racists like @sdthaking and @i1official”, Kweli wrote on Instagram.
His Twitter battle still continues...