Vasily Vakulenko was born on the 20th of April 1980 in Soviet Union. Basta is a rap artist, composer, producer, director and actor. He is also known by the name of Noggano and/or N1NT3ND0.
Vasily is born with a military family. Vasily was able to study in a secondary school and music school. And he took Music for his college degree. His first music interest was hip hop. By the age of fifteen, Vasily was able to write and rap. By the age of seventeen, Vasily recorded “The City,” his first track. Then the Vasily wrote “My Game” and as he released it, as he ventured out for his solo career and the song became very popular. He then created the group called Basta Oink and released their recorded song “First Strike.” The song became the breakthrough song of the group. Vasily stated that, the name of the group was inspired by his memory that when he was a child. People bullied him and called him “Piggy.”
In 1996, Vasily participated in a famous Rostov rap movement. He even submitted their song “First Strike” as an entry to this movement. All of the young rappers grouped together forming a bigger group called “Caste.” Like all musicians starting their career, Vasily experienced series of ups and downs.
In 2004, Vasily released his album “Basta 1” with the released of his music video of “Fall.” Unlike other artist exposing themselves in clubs, Vasily refrain from any local rap clubs. He and his new found friend Gufu, made a cover version of his song “My Game.” Vasily was able to become popular by the released of the cover song and his album “Basta 2”. From being a rising star in Rosstov into being a great musician in Moscow, Vasily progressed a lot. He got nominated and won different awards. His second album was a best seller when it was released.
In 2012, Vasily cover songs by Micah. One in particular was the song “Mama” and released with a music video. In 2013, “Basta +” concert was held in Gorky Park.
After the release of his song “My Game,” Vasily confirmed he was addicted to drugs because he suffered depression thinking that nobody wants his music.
In June 2009, Vasily married Elena Pinsk. Then on December of the same year, Elena gave birth to their daughter, Masha. Four years later, January 2013, Elena gave birth to Vasilisa.
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