US tried to undermine Cuba by infiltrating its underground hip-hop scene

A US government agency spent more than two years trying to fuel political change in Cuba by covertly manipulating the country’s underground hip-hop scene, according to an investigative report from the Associated Press. Documents obtained by the AP show that contractors hired by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) tried to promote certain Cuban hip-hop artists within the country in the hopes of bolstering a youth movement against the communist government of Raúl Castro. But the program backfired, putting targets at greater risk, forcing some musicians to flee the country, and threatening Cuba’s thriving underground rap community.

At the center of the program is a Washington, DC-based company called Creative Associates…

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