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Тимати на Big Love Show 2018 в СПб.jpg
Timati in 2018
Background information
Birth nameTimur Ildarovich Yunusov
Born (1983-08-15) August 15, 1983 (age 36)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
LabelsBlack Star inc. Timati

Timur Ildarovich Yunusov (born August 15, 1983), better known by his stage name Timati (Russian: Ти́мати), is a Russian hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur.


Early life[edit]

Timur Ildarovich Yunusov (Tatar: Тимур Илдар улы Юнусов, Russian: Тиму́р Ильда́рович Юну́сов) was born on August 15, 1983 in Moscow to an ethnically mixed family[1] of Tatar father Ildar Vakhitovich Yunusov and Jewish mother Simona Yakovlevna Yunusova (née Chernomorskaya), he also has a younger brother, Artyom. He grew up in a wealthy industrialist family, saying "I have very wealthy parents", but "I was never spoiled."[2]

He was raised mainly on Mira Avenue in Moscow. His current stage name "Timati" has stuck with him since he was young.[3] Yunusov also lived in Los Angeles for 3 years. At the urgent request of his grandfather, composer and conductor Yakov Chervomorsk, Timur graduated from violin class in music school.[4] He studied at the Higher School of Economics, finished his third year but left to focus on his music career. He later became associated with the YPS squad. His first single came out with Konaldo.


Timati and Vladimir Putin

He became well known to the Russian community from the music reality show Star Factory 4, but before it he collaborated with Detsl. Member of the group Banda (Russian: Банда; lit. "Gang") and co-founder of VIP 77. Former owner of B-Club nightclub, the bar Black October and the stores Ё-Life. He is the CEO of his own label called "Black Star Inc". In 2006, was featured in Heat produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk. In 2008, Timati was featured in a Fat Joe song called "Put U Take It", also featuring German rapper Nox and Raul, produced by Scott Storch, which references Jacob Arabo. In 2008 Mario Winans featured Timati in the single "Forever". In the same year, Timati appeared in the comedy film Hitler goes Kaput!. Timati, in 2009, featured Snoop Dogg in the single "Groove On".

Michael 'Mike' David is currently Timati's UK producer. He is responsible for Timati's collaborations with foreign artists, such as Snoop Dogg and Mario Winans, and much of Timati's Western popularity.

In Summer 2011 he topped the charts in Luxembourg, Poland and Romania with the single "Welcome to St. Tropez" vs. DJ Antoine and feat. Kalenna Harper from Diddy – Dirty Money, shortly after being nominated for the best clip in Russia's Capital Moscow with "I'm on You" feat. P Diddy. The clip was created by Timati's old friend and partner Pavel Hoodyakov in the U.S.

In 2016 Timati gave his biggest solo performance to date in Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Moscow. The concert was attended by 15,000 people and featured a 3D-installation, a car on stage and other spectacular show elements.[5]

On the night of June 21, 2018 Timati and Egor Kreed held an unauthorized mass event in Moscow on Bolshaya Dmitrovka by staging an impromptu performance right on the roof of a car, which caused a major traffic jam on the street.[6] This action was devoted to the opening of Timati's beauty salon. The next day, lawyer Alexander Khaminsky filed an application to initiate a case on this incident in the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tver and the Moscow State Traffic Safety Inspectorate.[7][8][9] The court was appointed on August 1, 2018.[10]

On 7 September 2019 a music video was released in collaboration with another Russian rapper Guf, "Moscow" (Москва) which got more than 1 500 000 dislikes with more than 62 000 likes hence the video became the most hated video on Russian YouTube. The clip was removed from YouTube on 10 September.

Personal life[edit]

Since 2015, Timati has been dating Russian model Anastasia Reshetova. On October 16, 2019 the couple had a son, named Ratmir.

Political activity and views[edit]

Timati calls Ramzan Kadyrov friend and brother[11].

Participated in a political video to support Vladimir Putin during the 2012 Russian presidential election[12].

During the 2018 Russian presidential election endorsed--and was an official supporter of--Vladimir Putin[13].


  • 2008 – "The Moor"[14] – producer books
  • 2009 – "Audio of Audi. History of the brand"[15][16] – Executive audiobooks
  • 2010 – "Tatar folk tales" – Executive audiobooks
  • 2012 – "A boy of twelve. Tatar folk tale" – Executive audiobooks


Timur Yunusov, in particular, include:

  • Clothing line Black Star Wear
  • Opened a clothing store Black Star Wear Turkmenistan with businessman nephew of Deputy Prime Minister with Kamran Aliev: www.kyamranaliyewbussness.shop.com
  • Opened a restaurant Black Star Burger
  • Opened a tattoo shop

Concert tours[edit]

  • 2009–2010 – The Boss Tour
  • 2011 – Carrera Tour 2011 [30]
  • 2015 – GTO (with L'One)
  • 2016 – Olimp tour


Studio albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Noviye Lyudi (New People) (2004) – with Banda
  • The Album (2006) – with VIP77


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Groove On"
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
2009 21 62 88 The Boss
"Welcome to St. Tropez"
(featuring Blue Marine)
2010 45
"Welcome to St. Tropez"
(DJ Antoine vs. Timati featuring Kalenna)
2011 4 9 7 3 7 16 2 2011
"I'm on You"
(featuring P. Diddy, Dirty Money and DJ Antoine)
2012 50 62 SWAGG
"Not All About The Money"
(with La La Land featuring Timbaland and Grooya)
32 29 7
"Sex in the Bathroom"
(featuring Craig David)
(with DJ Antoine featuring Grigory Leps)
  • Forever
  • Love You
  • Money in the Bank
  • Top of the World
  • Not All About The Money

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(Sergey Lazarev featuring Timati)
2008 Electric Touch
(DJ Smash featuring Timati)
2011 Twenty Three
"Moscow to California"[25]
(DJ M.E.G. featuring Sergey Lazarev and Timati)
2012 Lazarev.
"8 Days a Week"
(Jean-Roch featuring Timati)
Music Saved My Life
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Russian Music Awards MTV[edit]

  • Best Hip-Hop Artist – 2007 (nominated)
  • Best Hip-Hop Artist – 2008 (nominated)
  • Best Artist – 2008 (nominated)
  • Best Male Act – 2008 (nominated)

MUZ-TV Awards[edit]

  • Best Hip-Hop Artist – 2009 (nominated)
  • Best Hip-Hop Artist – 2010 (won)
  • Best Album "The Boss" – 2010 (won)
  • Best Video "Love You" – 2010 (won)
  • Best Video "I'm on You" – 2011 (won)

Europe Music Awards MTV[edit]

  • Best Russian Act – 2009 (nominated)
  • Best Russian Act – 2010 (nominated)
  • Best Russian Act – 2011 (nominated)


Translation dubbing:

  • 2006: Arthur and the Minimoys
  • 2007: Surf's Up


  1. ^ Kamenev, Marina (January 18, 2008). "The word on the street". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  2. ^ Timati: I'm totally unique! December 25, 2006
  3. ^ Redeeva, Elena (December 25, 2006). "Тимати: Я совершенно уникален!" (in Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  4. ^ Gasparyan, Artur (November 18, 2009). "Тимати: понты юция[permanent dead link]" (in Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets.
  5. ^ "Тимати покорил главный Олимп страны - Музыка Первого". www.muz1.tv.
  6. ^ Алексеева Руслана (July 21, 2018). "После бессовестной выходки Тимати грозит арест". Дни.ру. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "На Тимати и Крида завели дело за пробку в центре Москвы". Московский комсомолец. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Береснев Вячеслав (July 20, 2018). "Тимати и Егору Криду грозит арест". Ура.ру. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Еленин Семён (July 13, 2018). "Тимати и Егора Крида, станцевавших на крыше внедорожника в Москве, могут арестовать на 15 суток". Комсомольская правда. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Искусство или хулиганство? Творчество Тимати и Егора Крида оценит полиция". Вести.ру. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2115795
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PGxy57RBqU
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKxx9euGKh8
  14. ^ "Тимати сыграет в кино Мавра". Кино Mail.ru. September 1, 2008.
  15. ^ "На книжной ярмарке в Москве Audi представит аудиокнигу". 5koleso.ru. July 13, 2009.
  16. ^ "Audi выпустила аудиокнигу про Audi". 5koleso.ru. September 30, 2009.
  17. ^ "L'One: "Не знаю, можно ли об этом говорить — пишем альбом с Тимати" | RAP.RU". www.rap.ru.
  18. ^ "Тимати выпустит новый альбом под названием «Олимп» | RAP.RU". www.rap.ru.
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  20. ^ "lescharts.com - DJ Antoine vs. Timati feat. Kalenna - Welcome To St. Tropez". lescharts.com.
  21. ^ sds
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  24. ^ "DJ Antoine vs. Timati feat. Kalenna - Welcome To St. Tropez - hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch.
  25. ^ "DJ M.E.G. ft. Ñåðãåé Ëàçàðåâ & Òèìàòè "Moscow to California"". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.

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