RasKar is the name of the solo project of Sergei “RasKarandash” Poznyakov, the former leader of the legendary Russian reggae-hip-hop band “DaBudz”. RasKar is one of the pioneers of reggae in Russia, a talented author and singjay as well as a highly demanded sound-producer of the today’s Russian urban scene.
RasKar’s sound is a combination of deep dub bass of a soundsystem, fat sound of a rock show, technological power of electronic experiments and saturated message of hiphop lyrics - all these are held together on the solid ideological core of Reggae culture. This unique mixture can’t fit into one genre’s folder, RasKar himself calls his own style “Poom-Psshh” – it is the unity of opposites in music: of bass and treble, of kick and snare, of guitar and synths, of melody and message.
RasKarandash started his musical activity in 1996-97, when he and his bandmate Panda established the group “DaBudz”. First they performed as MCs at ragga-jungle and drum’n’bass parties and raves. Later the duet became well-known all over the country for their legendary radio-shows: “DJMC” - live ragga-jungle sets, “FreeStyle” – the first radio-show about Russian hip-hop that incomparablу influenced the culture and provided a first media-appearance to almost all of the nowadays top Russian hip-hop artists, and “Plan B” – the first radio show about dancehall in Russia.
Beside their mass-media activity, DaBudz developed as a musical collective and in 2001 recorded their first album “Netabak” (“Notobacco”).
At about the same time RasKar founded his own studio and recording label named “Lev Prav” – a phrase taken from headphones that has two meanings in Russian: “Left Right” and “Lion is Right”. Lev Prav has established its reputation as the leading Russian reggae recording studio and label, it has released more than 20 albums and compilations of Russian reggae and independent hip-hop. Among the releases of the label were the DaBudz’ second and third albums, “Shishki” and “Vershki da Koreshki”.
The hit-single “Gromkost’” (“Loudness”) became a visit-card track for DaBudz, video for this song was aired on MTV Russia.
Among the Dabudz’s tracks there are international collaborations with such artists as Ganjaman, Jah Mason and Fitta Warri.
In 2011 RasKar started his solo career. His first single was a collaboration with Noize MC, a top Russian rap-rock artist, the track named “Sam” (“Self”), which became an anthem for Russian Hockey League KHL, and video for this song gained more than a million views on YouTube and stayed for several month in the MTV’s Russian Top 10.
The next RasKar’s single “RasTea” (“Grow”) was dedicated to the Russian growers’ movement.
The video “NANANANANANA” also gained huge attention from the audience, was massively aired on A-One, the main Russian hip-hop/alternative TV channel, and gained over 100 000 views on YouTube.
The first RasKar’s album – “Molody’ye L’vy” (“Young Lions”) – was self-released in October 2012.