It’s a far cry from the aggressive image portrayed in his music.
“I’m a national traitor/I’m the fifth column/My Russia’s far from yours/You jail people, start wars/But we have soldiers too/A huge army to our rescue,” Joker James— Ponomaryov’s stage name— roars in “No Fun.” As an artist popular mostly among Moscow’s liberal youth, Ponomaryov avoids the cliches associated with Russian rap’s mainstream — fast cars, beautiful women, and blingy lifestyles.
He studied violin at a music school at the request of his grandfather. Timati was featured in the music reality show Star Factory 4 in 2004.
He was part of the group Banda and co-founded VIP 77.
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Some ominous new burger signage has been flying high over the former Plan Check space on Fairfax, showing only a deep black silhouette of a big, dripping burger.
Now they’re jumping to the States and landing on what may be LA’s hottest block, inside the former Plan Check that closed back in January.
The location makes since given the restaurant group’s founding by a popular music label of the same name, Black Star.But last year he decided that rap was a better medium to express his thoughts on Russian politics and society. “It’s better protest music.” “You play 5 songs and then a guy in a mask with an AK-47 climbs on stage and stops the show,” Alexeyev says.The border between acceptable and unacceptable performances “depends entirely on the mood of those Lubyanka guys,” he adds, referring to the security services.Perhaps most interesting is the main spokesperson for the burger company, a rapper named Timati with nearly 14 million Instagram followers who has previously been described as the Drake of Russia.Fans of the rapper have been found lining up for hours just to get a glimpse of him at any new location opening. It seems to be nearly as wild as the company’s backstory.All net worths are calculated through the combination of a robust methodology and a proprietary algorithm.