Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Fyodorov grew up in Germany and England and went on to study English literature at Oxford. The time spent living in England has influenced his rapping style. After graduation, he gravitated towards the East London grime scene, and the gritty urban sound still influences his music today. He first entered Russian rap battles online from his Canning Town home and has gone onto almost break the internet with his competitive rap — one of his most recent battles was viewed 13 million times in just two days. Representing the new wave of Cossack, Maxim Ilinov brings his ancient culture into the 21st century through rap.
Ivan Dremin, aka Face, was brought up in a poor family. He allegedly recorded his first songs with the money his grandmother gave him. The performer was quickly spotted by producers and, already at the age of 20, he released his first studio album Hate Love, which turned him into a real star. In it, Face swears a lot - which he later admits he did for the hype. In , the themes of his songs changed.
Russian hip hop refers to hip hop music recorded in Russia or in the Russian language in former Soviet states like Ukraine , Belarus , and Kazakhstan. Poetry is a big part of Russian culture, which has strong influence on earlier hip hop music. These experiments were not generally recognized at that time. Until the beginning of the s, there were no rap artists in Russia and the Soviet Union. Russian hip hop, just like Canadian hip hop , is inspired by Rastafari music, which hit an upswing during the fall of the Soviet Union.
To be honest, the satire is lost on us. Sorry in advance. Rap royalty Skryptonite shocked Russia last year by announcing a departure from hip-hop altogether. The dancehall-infused track features Adil at his drowsiest, lamenting the hopelessness of a tough breakup over a distant sitar riff. Little Big, as you probably know by now, are the Russian rave group making sure the world gets its regular dose of weirdness. Check out our Little Big feature here.