10 best rappers of Russia

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Oh how many copies were broken in the battle for so controversial and a strange genre of music, like Russian rap! Someone considers him unworthy of even mention, someone cannot wake up without pumping rhythms in the car, and someone finds witty in the lyrics and very intelligent expressions. But in one, even the most ardent disputants agree – it’s just indifferent to Russian rap impossible.

The only question is, whom to listen to? There are a lot of performers, and really talented among them can be counted on the fingers. AND therefore, we made a rating of the top 10 rappers in Russia.

Rating of the best rappers of Russia

Nomination a place Executor rating
Rating of the best rappers of Russia 10 L’one 4.1
9 Noize mc 4.2
8 Guf 4.3
7 Oxxxymiron 4.4
6 Face 4.5
5 Feduk 4.6
4 Mot 4.7
3 Algej 4.8
2 Timati 4.9
1 Basta (aka Noggano and N1NT3ND0) 5.0

10th place: L’One

Rating: 4.1

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L’One – by the way, this stage name is derived from his real name Levan – one of the most controversial rappers in Russia. Published and produced on the pretty famous Black label Star, his compositions then fell into the interests of the target audience, then suddenly moved to the wonderful world of the lyrical and romantic reading.

It’s L’One who owns the acclaimed compositions “Everyone is dancing with their elbows” and “Tiger” (yes, yes, the same one, about bro). AND it’s the quintessential music of the Black Star label. But, at the same time as “swinging” and – we will speak frankly – senseless tracks, he releases “Ocean” and “Dream” – compositions about sincere love, which also become hits.

Some critics speak of Levan’s work extremely negatively, calling him a “rapper for girls.” And in their words there is element of truth. L’One tracks are music for modern youth, which literally needs pleasant emotions that can give both evening on the dance floor, and a romantic date. And no negative.

9th place: Noize MC

Rating: 4.2

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Noize MC (Ivan Alekseev) started as a freestyler – and achieved in this “case” of certain success. Although, of course, some critics claim that he cheated, rhyming into verbs and squared. However all this is in the past, because it is of most interest contemporary work of the singer.

Since about 2013, Noize MC began to embed in its Compositions are acute social subtext. One of the most popular tracks “of those times”, which is known primarily for its criticizing reality lyrics – “Goy Esi” (performed, but not released was). In addition, Ivan makes rap intellectual, then basing entire albums on ancient Greek myths (“Hiphopera”), then inserting into compositions excerpts from the work of Brodsky (“No comments”).

And one of the rapper’s most popular compositions is Everything Like People – and completely consists entirely of criticism of modern authorities. It was released in August 2019, during the protest period, and in the lyrics the rapper talked about the actions of the police, and about the deeds government of the country.

Noize MC is the modern rapper behind whose creativity can and should be followed. But it is worth considering that he is able to “rise” on any hype. For example, in 2017, he released almost senseless fit with a “coin” – and thus gathered a horde fans.

8th place: Guf

Rating: 4.3

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In eighth place of our rating – it’s like ninth, but one taller – one of the first rappers of modern Russia is located. Guf, aka Alexey Dolmatov, began his career at the beginning 2000s and since then practically did not leave the info field.

Guf is an amazingly stable rapper in terms of lyrics. how twenty years ago he wrote about drugs, crime, promiscuous sex and the difficulties of life of a simple guy from the area, and now. Unless the issue has changed. Now Guf is not “simple guy from the district, “this is a very successful Muscovite with the appropriate lifestyle and style.

The creativity of this rapper is hardly suitable for the deep reflection. This is music designed to “download” X. “But, if you suddenly want to listen to how rap sounds from a person who is successful and understands his social position – well, There are always tracks from Guf’s and Slim!

7th place: Oxxxymiron

Rating: 4.4

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Oxxxymiron (Miron Fedorov) is known primarily for rap battles. He took part in a huge amount “competition”, and his fight with Purulent became one of the most discussed events of the Russian alternative scene in 2017.

But his solo work is not so much. There are only two full-length albums, and the second (called “Gorgorod”) was released in 2015. After his release, the artist focused on developing his own booking agency, which left in August 2019.

The lyrics of Oxxxymiron are characterized by “academic” – says Oxford rapper college degree. He is not shy use rarely used words and refer to classic cultural phenomena. The rapper’s lyrics can be called topical – but he is not ironic and sarcastic over the situation, but just as if states the facts.

6th place: Face

Rating: 4.5

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Face (Ivan Dryomin) – one of the most prominent representatives modern rappers of a new wave. Inheriting Western style cloud rap and transferring it to Russian realities, adding popular “pumping” trap basses and samples, he at one moment became an idol a huge number of listeners.

However, listening to the “early Face” – not everyone will do if you more than 18-20 years old. Yes, it’s precisely compared the male penis with a burger. And it is this track that you are already tired of hearing from the Bluetooth speakers of schoolchildren.

And in 2018 – just three years after the start of creative activities – the rapper dramatically changed both the image and the musical style. This is no longer “cloud for schoolchildren.” Now face performs political rap. Like other musicians who decided to “hit” in witty social creativity, in his compositions he regularly refers to the classics – for example, quotes Mandelstam. However, it’s still cloud rap with trap bass.

5th place: Feduk

Rating: 4.6

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And here is a rapper who performs music for young people and romantic girls. Feduk’s most popular song (Fedor’s Insarova) – this is “Rose Wine”, a house with a recitative about passionate love.

In principle, almost all the rapper’s work is simple texts about love and other tenderness laid on minimalistic house beat. Therefore, many music critics do not treat him too good. For example, the album More Love released in 2018 called cloying and boring, although they recognize the melody of some compositions.

On the other hand, hip-hop doesn’t always have to be countercultural and acutely social. Feduk – the representative of the new generations of Russian rappers who focus directly on listeners of popular music. And in his work the line between traditional hip-hop and youth pop erased.

4th place: Mot

Rating: 4.7

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Mot (Matvey Melnikov) is another pupil of the Black label Star Before cooperation with Timati, he was practically not known, although he had in his asset feats with L’One and others eminent rappers.

After switching to Black Star, Mot changed the direction a little music. Of course, he is still recitative, but the compositions themselves – This is more pop and club tracks than traditional hip-hop. But this does not stop Motu from being very popular among youth.

Mota’s music can be described in just two words – “easy commerce. “These are not songs that will sink into memory, causing a desire to understand in the deep sense of simple words. These songs are written more for radio than for Bluetooth speakers schoolchildren on the bus. And so a lot of his tracks used in advertising and as a movie soundtrack. You heard them just do not remember.

3rd place: Algej

Rating: 4.8

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Eldzhey (Alexey Uzenyuk) – another representative of the new wave Russian hip-hop – focused on mass, on the popularity of tracks, on the fact that they sound from every iron. Moreover, surprisingly, he is not a graduate of Timati’s label, but rather himself independent artist with his own publishing house.

Mass popularity came to Aljay, who adds recitative for minimalistic electronic house music, in 2016. Then he released the single “Minimal”, which is on the wave The audience’s demand is quite appealing to the audience. In 2017 released the song “Rose Wine”, recorded with Feduk, and she only emphasized the popularity of the artist.

At the moment, Aljay is one of the most famous and popular Russian rappers. He voices films, gives concerts Across Europe, collects millions of sales on every produced single. The texts, of course, are completely “toothless” and about nothing (even about feelings can’t tell normally), but, apparently, just such music is needed by modern youth.

2nd place: Timati

Rating: 4.9

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A man whose name is literally associated with Russian rap. About him You can tell a lot, but it’s better to just walk from Arbat and to Gagarin Square, there slam burger for health Sobyanina.

Timati is not only a rapper, but also a very talented businessman. When he did make music, he was sensitive to the mood. the very stratum of society, which is mockingly called “electorate.” In society, immigrants from Middle Caucasus? It turns out “Lada Sedan Eggplant.” Rap is getting popular among female audiences? Here’s to you. daring? “. In 2006, in the wake of the fame of” new pop music “at he came out with a fit group Uma2rman.

But currently Timati is known not only for music – although the track “Moscow” he will be remembered for a very long time. Is he – founder of Black Star label, which is not limited now music production and production (although rather “growing”) rappers.

The Black Star Inc. group of companies musical included label, clothing manufacturer, electronics manufacturer, network fast food establishments, car wash, beauty salon, radio station, electric go-kart, video game club, barbershop, tattoo workshop … V In general, Black Star now focuses more on lifestyle than on music production.

Timati is also known for a rare among public rappers position. He is a confidant and ambassador of the President of Russia. AND he also has the track “My best friend is President Putin.”

And finally, “in the end.” In 2016, Timati starred in commercials. cough suppressants. Two years later, he released a song from it. single single.

1st place: Basta (aka Noggano and N1NT3ND0)

Rating: 5.0

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Basta – aka Noggano, N1NT3ND0 and Vasily Vakulenko (present artist name) – one of the founders of the Russian rap movement. She began performing in 1997, when this genre was represented mainly by Decl and therefore was not taken seriously. Basta was able to change his attitude towards hip hop by releasing the popular this day the track “My game”.

Basta is a very multifaceted artist. When he performs under the main pseudonym, then performs fairly calm and even lyric compositions. “Mom”, “Slow Motion”, “Our Summer” – these tracks calmly perceived even by people allergic to hip-hop.

Under the pseudonym Noggano, he releases comedic and utterly serious gangsta rap. If the first album contained funny tracks, then the subsequent ones are already thoroughly saturated with crime. How “they do things in the streets,” Noggano knows not from films – he grew up in Rostov-on-Don of the 1990s.

And finally, N1NT3ND0 is a hardcore gangsta rap. Besides hard, bloody texts about crime, it also differs uncomfortable music composed of disharmonious electronic samples.

However, Vasily Vakulenko would not be himself if not for commercialized each of its projects. From Noggano to the people the track “Insure” has gone, from N1NT3ND0 – “Olina Popa”. And that is pretty a peculiar approach. The man who listened to “Olga’s ass”, includes one of the following tracks – and there are drugs, attempts hide evidence, ransom demand and other criminal romance.

Basta is not only a musician. He has his own label. Gazgolder, which before Black Star was one of the main publishers Russian rap and hip hop. He regularly makes commercials, becomes company ambassadors (currently represents Otkritie FC Bank and SKA Sports Club). In general, Basta – rapper who grew up from criminal Rostov-on-Don to one of the most successful Russian alternative brands. Is it worth listening to? Yes. This is the same Russian rap, from beginning to end.


Attention! This rating is subjective, not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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