Hubert Lagin Quiros was born in Caribbean and grew up in France but for the last ten years he has been living in Vilnius. ‘I didn’t choose Lithuania. Lithuania chose me’ he says when we meet after the urban dance class that he teaches. Hubert is also producing electronic and hiphop music as Highleef. He’s one of the only black people in Lithuanian hiphop community. We talked how his race affects his life in Lithuania, why race is important in understanding urban culture and why there is a difference between appropriating the culture and passing it to the others.
‘The responsibility I have is to keep the culture as authentic as it should be. Everyone is like ‘I’m hiphop, I’m wearing a cap.’ No bro. It’s like me saying ‘I’m Lithuanian, I’m eating cepelinai.’
‘I was in taxis that play hiphop music now. When I came here, they played Russian music’
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