Rapper Decl (Kirill Tolmatsky) was born on July 22, 1983 in the family of music producer Alexander Tolmatsky. On Kirill’s 16th birthday, his father offered him to record the track “Friday”, the video for which got into MTV rotation. A year later, in 2000, Decl released his first album “Who are you?” (he included the super hits “Party” and “Tears”), which sold a million copies. With the release of the disc, Decl, even before coming of age, achieved immense popularity – and became one of those thanks to whom Russian rap went to the masses.
Soon, however, Tolmatsky Jr., unexpectedly for many, stopped cooperating with his father and completely changed his style, going underground. The decision hit hard on the size of his fan base, but other rappers began to respect Decl, who had previously looked askance at him as a production project.
In 2007, Decl announced that he plans to stage his death at the age of 35. In February 2019, the rapper died after a concert in Izhevsk – he was just 35.
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