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.

Potap & MOZGI

Alexei “Potap” Potapenko, born in Kiev on May 8, 1981 is a Ukrainian producer, singer-songwriter, composer, water polo player, and vocal coach. He performs in Russian. The son of Lyudmila Potapenko, a world champion diver, Potap was primarily engaged in swimming and water polo as a child. Despite devoting nearly all his free time to […]

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