Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. If there's one thing that we learned in , it's that hip-hop is definitely in good hands, courtesy of so many young and hungry stars. The beautiful thing about all the records that made tremors this year were the stark differences in sounds and content. Detroit MC, Tee Grizzley , won the streets over with his honesty and grit, while Lil Uzi Vert grabbed the minds of hapless teenagers grappling with their adolescence. Yeah, the Pi'erre Bourne-produced track was an earworm all by itself, but once Carti peppered the beat with his swagger, he milly-rocked his way into the hearts of the hip-hop world. Proceed with caution, because Carti isn't leaving the block anytime soon. A platinum plaque and a Grammy nomination later, being down and out feels way longer than a week ago. For a song that served as his first stab at production with an assist from Metro Boomin , 21 Savage came up with a multi-faceted gem that sticks out not just for its memorable hook and verses, but for its simplicity -- and the unexpected complexities within it.
In recent years Russia has seen its underground rap scene explode into mainstream music, mainly thanks to the popularity of online rap battles. Fyodorov grew up in Germany and England and went on to study English literature at Oxford. The time spent living in England has influenced his rapping style. After graduation, he gravitated towards the East London grime scene, and the gritty urban sound still influences his music today. He first entered Russian rap battles online from his Canning Town home and has gone onto almost break the internet with his competitive rap — one of his most recent battles was viewed 13 million times in just two days. Representing the new wave of Cossack, Maxim Ilinov brings his ancient culture into the 21st century through rap. Zhaleov proved himself to be a musical force when his debut album, House With Normal Activity , was received to critical acclaim.
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A rap song released by hip hop artists Timati and Guf has become the most disliked Russian-language video on YouTube. More than 1. The song praises the city of Moscow and its regime, mocking anti-government rallies and noting its lack of gay pride parades. It was released on Moscow City Day on 7 September , which was one day before the elections to Moscow's Duma city parliament. Because of this timing, the artists have been accused on social media of being paid by the Russian government to record the song, which they have refuted.