I’ve blogged before about Seryoga and his idiotic raps about “Chicks” and weird teaming with right-wing populist V.V. Zhirinovsky. Well, it seems that the boys are at it again. On his new album "Chronicles of a Dude from the Gomel’ Streets" (Хроника парнишки с гомельских улиц), Seryoga does a duet with Zhirinovsky that remakes and remixes the post-perestroika disco hit “Olya and AIDS.” (You can listen to the original song by Anons and read the lyrics—in Russian—here.)
A taste of the lyrics, translated:
Olya loves Kolya ever since childhood.Which would just be stupid and not so tragic, if it weren’t for, you know, the very real problem of AIDS in Russia. Why these dudes chose to remake this particular contradictorily upbeat, dark, misogynist song, I really have no ideas (and welcome theories). 1980s nostalgia doesn't seem to fully answer the question for me.
Olya loves Tolya, he lives in the neighborhood.
Olya loves Misha, he’s the butcher at the bazaar.
Olya loves Grisha, he has a guitar.
Sleeps, sleeps, sleeps, sleeps Olya
With whomever she happens upon.
But Olya’s never heard about AIDS,
She’s only heard the advert that says
To use rubbers of the brand ADIDAS.
Look guys, this isn’t all some joke.
Remember guys, Olya’s a prostitute.
The girl’s rich and she lives large,
But someone’ll make sure she gets hers.
For the record, Seryoga claims to be Russia's best rapper. This is a sad statement, as I don't sense that he's really very much more talented than (nor is his basic attitude very different from) this parody of gopnik rapper 'tude.