What are Russian hip hop music

Against the will of the Kremlin Russia in rap fever

In another song, Face sings about having sex without condoms, taking drugs and "giving a shit". Such taboos are particularly popular with young people, especially since Russian laws have for years forbidden swear words at media appearances and concerts. Face explained his popularity in an interview on Youtube by saying that young people like to do whatever he sings about without worrying about the consequences.

A song is produced quickly

According to Face, it took just three weeks to produce its first studio album. For music experts, this is one of the reasons why this type of music is currently attracting so many young artists.

"Rap makes the most money and it doesn't cost an artist much to record a track and upload it," explains Roman Chumakow when he presented his documentary "Beef", which tells the story of Russian rap. For rock you need musicians, instruments and a good voice. For rap, all you need is a computer and a microphone, says Chumakow.

Don't let your mouth shut

The St. Petersburg rapper Semmi UP is inspired by what is happening in his life and the problems in his homeland, which he says he loves dearly. "When I started ten years ago, I would rhyme texts about my first love or about how I stopped my martial arts. Today I see many problems more global and I am interested in what is happening here with us," he says. In one of his songs he sings about "schools and hospitals are closing while at the same time the gorged faces are farting around" - a swipe at the social inequality in Russia.

"For me, rap is freedom," says Semmi UP. For him, the best proof of this was the reaction of the rap community to the cancellation of concerts and the arrest of the socially critical rapper Dmitri Kuznetsov, alias Husky. His colleagues Oxxxymiron, Basta and Noize MC organized a solidarity concert and collected almost 80,000 euros for Husky, which he later donated to human rights organizations. The case made such waves that even President Vladimir Putin had to admit that bans were the worst way to tackle the rap phenomenon. "A great action. That was the proof that we rappers stand up for each other and don't shut up," says Semmi UP.

Today in the East report | 11/19/2016 | 6:00 p.m.