Hip Hop

Hip hop is a broad category of urban music that generally features rap singing, sampled beats, and sometimes other elements such as turntables and beatboxing. Hip hop and rap first caught on in the USSR just before it fell in the early 1990s. By the 2000s, the genre was well established and developing in multiple directions, from underground gangsta to commercially-produced pop hip hop. Today, many of Eurasia’s rap and hip and hop icons are considered cutting-edge globally. The genre is heavily influenced by strong local poetic and bardic traditions as well as generally influenced by Caribbean music, which has been popular in Russia since the before the fall of the USSR.

Languages: Search for hip hop or rap music performed in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, or Belarusian, or in Baltic, Turkic, or Other languages.

Bad Balance

Bad Balance (also known as “Bad B”) is considered the first Russian hip-hop group, something like the Russian answer to Public Enemy. Starting out in 1980s Leningrad as a student breakdance group, Bad Balance—at that time consisting of Vlad Valov (who goes by ШЕFF / SheFF) and Sergey Krutikov (who goes by Михей / Mikhey)—the […]

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