The Chinese government has made its much-anticipated return to the recording studio and this time, it’s a rap. And yes, there’s even a video.
While rapper Eminem may not find himself at risk of losing his job, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his ‘crew’ make sure to touch on all the country’s biggest issues in their new single ‘The Reform Group is Two Years Old’.
The cartoon rap song, which refers to Xi as “Big Daddy Xi,” is part of an ongoing plan aimed at young people to highlight government policy and how it’s tackling corruption
Its lyrical mastery includes mentions of smog, the pricing system, government services, the household registration system and, of course, a nod to the founding of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Released to mark the second anniversary of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms, a committee set up and led by Xi, the video contains soundbites of the president mixed with such lyrics as:
“They insist on fighting corruption
They specialize in hitting tigers
Rule the party strictly
Govern the country by law
[The whole country] is overwhelmed with joy.”
A Belarus boy may be fined for daring President Alexander Lukashenko to an ice bucket challenge, reports say.
Dmitry Dayneko uploaded a video of himself doing the popular online challenge and nominating the country’s long-serving president to follow suit.
But he was soon called in to the local youth affairs office and his school in Berezino and told off, the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty reports.
Police said everyone in the video would be fined unless they took it down.
Dimitry says he was told he’d “done something against Lukashenko”. But he says: “It was just a stunt. It’s just a game. We just wanted to start things off, to see what happens, maybe we’d be lucky.”
Belarus’ government keeps a wary eye out for any signs of opposition, and Dmitry says the officials mentioned “getting a call from the capital”. His parents weren’t impressed either, it seems. “They said I was stupid, that I shouldn’t have challenged Lukashenko. That’s all,” he says.
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