Biography of Basta and Music Career

Published At: 25 January 2021 , 06:39 PM

Biography of Basta

Vasily Vakulenko (Basta) is a popular Russian rap artist, composer, and TV and radio host. The famous rapper proved himself not only in music but also achieved particular success as a screenwriter, director, and producer. Also known under the pseudonym Noggano.

Childhood and youth

Vasily Mikhailovich Vakulenko was born in Rostov-on-Don on April 20, 1980, in a family of military personnel. His parents had nothing to do with the art world, but, noticing that their son had musical talent, they took the boy to a music school.

After graduating from secondary school, Vasily decided to continue his path in the world of music and became a student at a local school, choosing the conducting department. But in his youth, the future rap performer realized that conducting is not useful for him for self-realization. As a teenager, he showed interest in a new phenomenon for Russia in the 90s - rap culture.

Personal life

Basta's personal life has developed happily. He met his future wife Elena by chance. The initiative was shown by the girl herself - a longtime fan of the rapper's work.

Elena is the daughter of the famous journalist Tatiana Pinskaya, who lives in France, and an entrepreneur who sells elite wines. At first, the future mother-in-law, seeing a brutal rapper in tattoos, was horrified, but after reading his texts, she changed her anger to mercy. The woman agreed that the guy is very talented. Basta wrote soundtracks for Pinskaya's documentaries about artists Erik Bulatov and Oscar Rabin.

In 2009, Vasily Vakulenko and Elena Pinskaya legalized their relationship and got married. The couple had children - in the same year their first daughter Masha was born, and in January 2013 - Vasilisa. The birth of daughters changed the artist's life. In an interview, Vasily noted that before his life proceeded only at night, but now he began to notice the beauty of the day, sunrises, and sunsets.

In 2016, Basta had a conflict with the Russian rapper Kirill Tolmatsky, known as Decl. The latter complained about too loud music in the Moscow club "Gazgolder", which belongs to Vakulenko. Basta reacted on social media by posting an angry post regarding such remarks. The posting of the tweet on the microblogging service Twitter led to the start of a lawsuit.

Decl demanded compensation for moral damage for 1 million rubles. As a result, the court decided to partially satisfy the claim - to recover compensation for moral damage for 50 thousand rubles.

The scandal continued a year later, after Tolmatsky continued to speak negatively about the Gazgolder studio on the Internet, to which Basta again could not help but react, calling the musician a “hermaphrodite”. Decl filed a lawsuit, this time increasing the amount of compensation 4 times, and again won the case.

Judging by the rapper's Instagram account, where he posted a photo of his naked torso for everyone to see, Vasily began to struggle with being overweight. Vakulenko told fans that he lost 5 kg, but his goal is to lose 15 kg. Initially, his weight with a height of 181 cm was 95 kg. At the same time, sports training helps the artist to form muscle relief, which was appreciated by the popular trainer Sergey Badyuk.


At the age of 15, the young musician wrote the first rap text, and at 17 Vasily was taken to the Psycholyric group, which was soon renamed Caste. In his native Rostov, Vakulenko was known as Basta Kiryu. During this period, a debut rap track called "City", recorded by Basta, appeared.

The musician celebrated his 18th birthday by writing a new song "My Game". "City" and "My Game" quickly glorified Basta far beyond the borders of his native Rostov. Gradually, the artist's compositions became more and more popular.

Zhelezka, who is also a rapper, began touring the cities of the Black Sea coast of Russia. They went on a kind of musical tour across the Krasnodar Territory and even the North Caucasus, performing at a variety of venues. From time to time they gathered 6-7 thousand fans at the stadiums. But everything did not go the way Vasily dreamed, and the concert activity quickly faded away. The rapper has not performed in concerts for several years.

Basta's creative career resumed in 2002. Yuri Volos, a friend of Vakulenko, suggested making a studio at home, equipping it with the necessary sound equipment. Vasily, who had long missed creativity, quickly restored his old compositions and wrote new ones. But no one remembered rapper Bastu, and finding a producer turned out to be a difficult task.

Vasily later wrote a song about this difficult period of his life under the self-explanatory title "Dumb Labels, No Chances". By a lucky chance, Basta's demo disk got to Bogdan Titomir. The musician liked the compositions of young performers, and he invited them to the Russian capital. In Moscow, Titomir brought Basta and Volos to the studio of the creative association Gazgolder, where the rappers were welcomed and showed interest in them. In the first year of his stay in the capital, Basta created musical material for several discs but decided not to rush, but to release albums with a time interval.