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Irina Smelaya (born December 21, 1991), better known by her stage name Tatarka (from Russian "татарка" — female Tatar) is a female hip-hop artist from Tatarstan in Russia. Her songs are written in Tatar language and English.[1]

Music and vlogging[edit]

Tatarka was born in Naberezhnye Chelny. Currently, she lives in St. Petersburg and is a vlogger. Her Youtube blog named “Tatar Days” (in Russian:Татарские будни) has almost a million subscribers. She is married to Ilya Prusikin, the vocalist and frontman of the Russian pop-rave-band Little Big.[2]

“Altyn” (means Gold in Tatar language) is her first song, which was launched in 2016 and praised her in the Russian music scene.[3]

Now Tatarka is working on recording her debut album. It is known that the album will be in two languages, Tatar and English[4].

Personal life[edit]

July 6, 2016, the wedding of Ira Smelaya and Ilya Prusikin took place.

On November 26, 2017 she gave birth to her son Dobrynya from Ilya Prusikin.


  • «Altyn» (2016)
  • «U Can Take» (feat. Little Big) (2017)
  • «Pussy Power» (2017)
  • «Au» (2019)
  • TBA - soon (2019)

Video Clips[edit]

Title Year Notes
Altyn (Gold) 2016 At the end of 2016, Tatarka released her debut video for the song "Altyn", in which the singer dances in front of cars, wearing the clothes of the popular designer Goshi Rubchinsky. During the first week of its release, the video gathered over 3 million views, and was included in Afisha's "100 great clips of the year" of 2016. The genre of the song can be described as cloud-rap, as well as being primarily in Tatar language. The music video promoted Samsung's new phone at the time - the Galaxy S7 Edge, and the music video itself was shot completely with this phone.
U Can Take (feat. Little Big) 2017 This song marks Tatarka's first collaboration with other music artists. The song is also written in Tatar, with the part of Ilya Prusikin, Irina's husband, being performed in English. The clip "U Can Take" was filmed in Thailand, while the artists were on vacation. On its first day of release, the video collected more than 2 million views.
Pussy Power 2017 After recognizing her popularity among the foreign audience, Tatarka produced this song completely in English language. Tatarka has assured that her album will be in both English and Tatar language. Evident in the song's lyrics and music video's theme, Pussy Power presents a strong pro-feminist commentary.
Au 2019 This song recorded in Tatar language. The clip was filmed in Uzbekistan, in Tashkent, Khiva, Chirchik and other cities[5].

Watch also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tatarka - Tatar Hiphop". Way to Russia. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "I'm a Beautiful Golden Flower". Blue Bardot. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "8 Emerging Russian Rappers You Need To Know". highsnobiety. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Tatarka: "Мои конкуренты — Rihanna, Nicki Minaj и Beyonce"". (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  5. ^ Узбекистана, Repost uz-срочные новости. "Little Big Family сняли клип для Tatarka в Узбекистане: как проходили съемки, для кого и почему у нас – эксклюзивно для Repost". (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-06-29.