Cultural critic Boris Kagarlitsky thinks that the economic crisis will have profound effects on Russian culture, if one has any sense of history:
During the crisis of 1968-73, [Kagarlitsky] and his IGSD colleagues point out, punk rock appeared taking some of the energy away from earlier rock music. In other sectors, equally dramatic changes occurred. In film, musical comedies gave way to films about the man in the street not only in Hollywood but in the Soviet Union as well.To which Russian rapper Timati says, "Try again, sucka!"
Given that the current crisis is much worse than most of the earlier ones his group has studied, Kagarlitsky says, “the changes in the area of culture [now] will be more global,” with pop culture and its upbeat motifs giving way to “underground” artists and their very different set of attitudes. One likely beneficiary of that change in Russia, he continues, is rap music.
That is because many rappers “really come from the lower depths of society and [use their performances to] protest against social injustice.” And it is entirely possible, Kagarlitsky suggests, that their popularity will force even pop singers to change their tone in order to “correspond to the spirit of the times."
But in Kagarlitsky's defense, stuff like the clip below is probably what he had in mind: