Kasta

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Каста
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Background information
Origin Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995–present
Labels Respect Production
Associated acts DJ Hobot
Website www.kasta.ru
Members Vlady (Russian: Влади)
Shim (Шым)
Hamil (Хамиль)
Zmey (Змей)

Kasta (Russian: Каста, Russian for caste) is a Russian rap group from Rostov-on-Don. The group is led by MC and producer Vladi. Other members include MCs Shym, Khamil and Zmey, as well as DJ Khobot. Although Kasta is notably influenced by New York rap tradition, especially Wu-Tang Clan, they have always written in Russian.

History[edit]

Vlady, Shim and Hamil all started listening to rap at a very young age. Vlady created his first song when he was just 13 years old. In 1995, he and his friend Tidan (Тидан) made a group Psycholyric (Russian: Психолирик). One year after that Shim joined Psycholyric. In 1997, Psycholyric and other rappers from Rostov-on-Don made a group with the new name Kasta, the successor of Psycholyric (The name Kasta was created by the one of the new participants, Basta, who soon left the group and started the solo career) . Shortly afterwards, Tidan left the group. In 1999, Hamil joined Kasta. Kasta then created a group called Объединенная Каста (Obiedenennaya Kasta) which means United Kasta, due to the fact that the original group was becoming too large. Their first show was in Rostov's famous rap club Duncan and Comanchero.

Formation[edit]

  • Влади (Vladi) — Лешкевич Владислав Валерьевич (Leshkevich Vladislav Valerievich, born December 17, 1978 in Rostov-on-Don)
  • Шым (Shym) — Епифанов Михаил Олегович (Epifanov Mikhail Olegovich, born January 25, 1979 in Rostov-on-Don)
  • Хамиль (Khamil) — Пасечный Андрей Леонидович (Pacechny Andrey Leonidovich, born October 19, 1979 in Rostov-on-Don)
  • Змей (Zmey) — Антон Мишенин (Anton Mishenin, born 21 January 1982 in Rostov-on-Don). In 2005, he left the group Grani after the release of the album Kipesh and joined Kasta.

Members of Объединенная Каста (Obiedenennaya Kasta, United Kasta)[edit]

Западный Сектор (Zapadny Sektor, West Sector)[edit]

  • Кактус (Kaktus)
  • Панч (Punch)
  • Майор (Mayor)

Грани (Grani, Facets)[edit]

  • Тигра (Tigra)
  • Тёмный (Tyomniy)
  • Сям (Syam)

Бледнолицые Нигга'дяи (Blednolitsyie Niggadyai, Pale-Faced Rascals)[edit]

  • Панама (Panama)
  • Кальян (Kalian)

Песочные Люди (Pesochnyie Lyudi, Sand Men)[edit]

  • Псих (Psych)
  • Жара (Jara)

Доброе Зло (Dobroye Zlo, Kind Evil)[edit]

  • Фетис (Fetis)
  • Рока (Roka)
  • Леон МС 161 (Leon MC 161)

Free MC's[edit]

  • Маринесса Покарано (Marinessa Pokarano)
  • Карабасс (KaraBass)
  • Электроник (Electronic)
  • Белый Будда (Belyi Buddah)

Discography[edit]

Tampons[edit]

  • 2002: Громче воды, выше травы ("Gromche vody, vyshe travy", "Louder than Water, Higher than Herbs")
  • 2002: Что нам делать в Греции? ("Chto nam delat v Greciee?", "What do we do in Greece?") [by Vladi]
  • 2004: Феникс ("Dank Kush") [by Khamil]
  • 2005: Кипеш ("Kipesh", "Bustle") [by Zmey and Grani]
  • 2008: Быль в глаза ("Byl v glaza", "Facts to the Eyes")
  • 2010: ХЗ ("kHa.Ze.") [by Khamil and Zmey]
  • 2011: ЖаЗ дуэт ("ZhaZ duet", "ZhaZ (Jazz) duo") (EP) [by Jara and Zmey]
  • 2012: Ясно! ("Yasno!", "Clear!") [by Vladi]

Albums of United Kasta (Объединенная Каста)[edit]

  • 1997: Первый удар ("Pervy udar", "First Strike")
  • 1999: Трёхмерные рифмы ("Tryokhmernye rifmy", "3D Rhymes")
  • 2000: В полном действии ("V polnom deistviee", "In Full Force")

Maxi-pads[edit]

  • 2001: На порядок выше ("Na poryadok vyshe", "Vastly beyond")
  • 2002: Горячее время ("Goryacheye vremya", "Hot time") [by Vladi]
  • 2003: Алкоголики ("Alkogoliki", "Alchoholics") [by Zmey and Grani]
  • 2006: По-приколу ("Po-prikolu", "I like it")

Music videos[edit]

  • Мы Берём Это На Улицах ("My Beryom Eto Na Ulitsakh" / "We got it from the streets") (2000)
  • На Порядо к Выше ("Na Poryadok Vyshe" / "Level above") (2001)
  • Про Макса ("Pro Maxa" / "About Max") (2002)
  • Горячее Время ("Goryacheye Vremya" / "Hot time") (OST Антикиллер (Antikiller)) (2002)
  • Ревность ("Revnost'" / "Jealousy") (Влади (Vladi)) (2003)
  • Наши Люди ("Nashi Lyudi" / "Our People") (Live at "Наши Люди '03") (2003)
  • Сестра ("Sestra" / "Sister") (2005)
  • Черви Ненависти ("Chervi Nenavisti" / "Worms of Hate") (Хамиль (Khamil) feat. Песочные Люди (Sand Men)) (2005)
  • Капсулы Скорости ("Kapsuly Skorosti" / "Speed capsules") (2006)
  • Глупо, Но Класс ("Glupo, No Class" / "Stupid, but cool") (Vladi feat. Gustavo) (2007)
  • Встреча ("Vstrecha" / "Meeting") (2008)
  • Радиосигналы ("Radiosignaly" / "Radio signals") (Vladi) (2008)
  • Вокруг Шум ("Vokrug Shum" / "Noise around us") (2009)
  • Номерок ("Nomerok" / "The tab") (Vladi feat. Крестная Семья (Godmother's family)) (2009)
  • Можно Всё ("Mozhno Vsyo" / "Everything's allowed") (Vladi feat. Animal Jazz) (2009)
  • Встретимся У Холодильника ("Vstretimsya U Kholodil'nika" / "Meet me by the Fridge") (Khamil, Iskra & DJ Hobot) (2009)
  • Закрытый Космос ("Zakrytyi Kosmos" / "Closed Space") (Khamil) (2010)
  • Метла ("Metla" / "The Broom") (Khamil & Zmey) (2011)
  • Cамый счастливый человек на Земле ("Samyy schastlivyy chelovek na Zemle" / "The happiest man of the Earth") (Zmey) (2011)
  • Миллиард Лет ("Milliard Let" / "Billion Years") (2011)
  • Выше к небу ("Vyshe k nebu" / "Higher to the sky") (Vladi feat. Песочные Люди (Sand Men)) (2011)
  • Это Прёт ("Eto Pryot" / "It hauls hard") (Khamil & Zmey) (2011)
  • Такое чувство ("Takoe Chuvstvo" / "Such a feeling") (Khamil & Zmey) (2011)
  • Сочиняй мечты ("Sochinyay Mechty" / "Make dreams") (Vladi feat. Уля (Ulya) (Wow Band)) (2012)
  • Пусть пригодится ("Pust' Prigoditsya" / "Let be useful") (Vladi) (2012)
  • Тебе в прикол ("Tebe v prikol" / "Good for you") (2012)
  • Прощание ("Proshchaniye" / "Farewell") (Vladi) (2012)
  • На миг ("Na mig" / "For a moment") (Khamil and Zmey feat. Sand Men) (20??)

Awards[edit]

  • Grand Prix "Rap Music 99"
  • Russian Music Awards 2004 MTV - Best hip-hop, rap project.
  • Muz-TV Awards 2006 - Best hip-hop, rap project.
  • RAMP 2009 - Urbana.
  • Russian Street Awards 2010 - Best Acoustic ("Vokrug Shum" / "Noise around us")
  • "Legend of MTV" 2010 - A decisive influence on the formation and development of modern musical culture in Russia

Interesting facts[edit]

  • There are more than 20 people in Объединенная Каста(United Kasta)
  • Initially, the band they called Fu-Blood-Kasta, which is essentially a "rubber stamp" with the name of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, but in connection with the harmonies of English "Fu-Blood" from the Russian "Фу, блядь" ("Aw, fuck"), was decided to name just a group Kasta.
  • Two tracks of the group, namely the "Duplicator" and "Hot Time" became the soundtrack for "Antikiller".
  • Track "Speed Capsules" became the soundtrack to the game Lada Racing Club.
  • For Michael "Shym" Epifanov entrenched pseudonym Valery Shymanovsky who invented a journalist, based on photos or alias actor.
  • Shim conducts a program dedicated to permaculture (a new way of agriculture)

Gallery[edit]

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