Russian Hip Hop

Russian Hip Hop Artists and Bands

Here is a list of all the Russian Hip Hop artists that we have material for, so far.

By clicking on a name, you get access to the artist's page with their complete discography, along with the list of all their Russian cyrillic lyrics, phonetic transliterations, English translations, guitar chords and tabs, as well as some useful links and some information on the artist.

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About Russian Hip Hop

Russian rap is quite similar to old school rap in North America. The artist is concentrated on rapping, not as much as on the rhythm or the beat. Because of the limited resources of the artists the beats are often produced using music programs like Cubase as opposed to having a DJ spin records. Bootleg versions of these programs can be purchased from black market street vendors for only a few dollars or downloaded from the internet. The first more or less known pioneers of Russian rap was a group called Malchishnik (lately know as Delfin), but the recognition of the rap genre came with the rise of a Moscow team Bad B.,with their album "Naletchiki Bad B." being released in 1994.

Only a few Russian rap artists have achieved commercial success: Detsl, Bad Balance/Bad.B, Kasta and the Belarusian artist Seryoga, who combined original rap with the native Russian satiric song genre chastushka which some critics consider a new branch in the rap genre: rap-chastushka. Although most of rap fans believe he does not belong to the Russian rap scene, the musician won the nomination for best Russian rap in 2005 on the RMA (Russian Music Awards). Numerous Russian hip-hop musicians hold full time jobs or are enrolled as full-time college students, making rap their part-time hobby.

Info from: Wikipedia's article on Russian Hip Hop

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