Russian songs so bad they’re good

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Russian hip hop has the same issues that both American hip hop and 7th grade have: oh man, guys, we gotta look cooler than everybody else. Try harder to act cool, чуваки!

Case in point-

 

 

Ugh, I’m so sorry you had to see that. I think this commenter said it best.

Screenshot from 2015-10-22 19:45:28

 

Behold Timati, Russia’s answer to Eminem, Pitbull, and Justin Bieber all in one. (Yes, Justin Bieber, because everyone knows who he is but few actually like him.)

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Can you believe where this photo comes from? www.kremlin.ru!

 

Timati has been rapping for years- you’ve probably heard some of his music, either in Russian or in English. I actually kind of like that Snoop Dogg song but the other song- в клубе- no thanks. It’s way more enjoyable via meme!

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But I commend Timati’s Black Star label for one thing…

Not this weird song.

This song

 

Every time one of my students went to vacation / work in Dubai, all I could think of was this song.

 

Moving on from Timati and his crew, let me introduce you to Ukraine’s Boris Pakhol.

 

 

Pretty disturbing, no? It’s like a really old Justin Timberlake throwing a backyard orgy. This YouTube viewer had a special way of putting it-

Screenshot from 2015-10-22 20:06:26

 

At the same time, it cracks me up. Boris is just so… white and Boris-y. And he’s taking the whole thing so seriously that making this video was either the culmination of a lifelong dream for him, or he’s just having a good laugh at everyone. What do you think?

 

Next up, some funny stuff: coubs of Russians having a good time being Russian.

In da club

Village swag (here’s the actual video/song: Деревенский Рэп. It’s cute!)

Normal reaction to Russian rap

 

And finally, a few… patriotic songs, of sorts.

 

This kid wants you to know- he’s from Russia.

 

In addition to a lot of bad words, this song has the best Russian rap lines ever:

Я кушаю творог со сметаной, борщ со сметаной, сметану со сметаной

каждый день ношу тапки,  каждый день ищу бабки

 

And I really want to know the story behind these guys. Who are they? Do they live in Russia? Why is the song named after two Russian cities?

 

Okay, I leave you with this one final coub (think of it as a music sampler):

Bad music

 

Что вы думаете? Is anything here truly so bad that it’s good? 😉

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