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Timati performing live in Gelendzhik, Russia, 2006.
Background information
Birth name Timur Ildarovich Yunusov
Born August 15, 1983 (1983-08-15) (age 26)
Origin Moscow, Soviet Union
Genres contemporary R&B, hip hop
Labels Black Star Records
Associated acts Banda, VIP77, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Mariya, Mario Winans, Scott Storch

Timati is the stage name of Russian rapper, pop-singer, and actor Timur Ildarovich Yunusov (Russian: Тиму́р Ильда́рович Юну́сов), also referred as Mr. Black Star.




Early life

Timur Yunusov was born on August 15, 1983 in Moscow, Soviet Union to an ethnically mixed family[1] of Tatar father Ildar Yunusov and Jewish mother Simona Yunusova (née Chervomorskaya), he also has a younger brother, Artyom. His current stage name "Timati" has stuck with him since he was young.[2] Yunusov lived in Los Angeles for 5 years, and now he lives in Moscow. At the urgent request of his grandfather, composer and conductor Yakov ChervomorskTimur has graduated from a violin class at the four-year music school.[3] Lat[State University - Higher School of Economics]], but dropped out in his third year.[2]. He later became associated with the YPS squad. First single came out with Konaldo


He became well known to the Russian community from the music reality show Star Factory 4, but before it he collaborated with Detsl. Member of the group Banda (Russian: Банда; lit. "Gang") and co-founder of VIP77. Ex-owned B-Club nightclub, the bar Black October and the stores Ё-Life. Also is the CEO of his own label called "Black Star Inc". In 2006, was featured in Heat produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk. In 2008, Timati was featured in a Fat Joe song called "Put U Take It", also featuring Nox and Raul, produced by Scott Storch, which references Jacob Arabo. In 2008 Mario Winans featured Timati in the single "Forever". Timati, in 2009, featured Snoop Dogg in the single "Groove On".

Michael 'Mike' David is currently Timati's UK producer. Responsible for the collaboration of Timati with foreign artists, such as Snoop Dogg and Mario Winans, he is responsible for much of Timati's Western popularity.



  • 2004: Heavens cry (Плачут небеса) (With Ratmir & Dominick Jocker)
  • 2005: New people (Новые люди) (With Banda)
  • 2005: Men's season (Мужской сезон) (With Banda)
  • 2006: When you nearby (Когда ты рядом) (With Alexa)
  • 2006: In the club (В клубе) (With DJ DLEE)
  • 2006: The Heat (Жара) (With Nasty)
  • 2007: Wait (Дождись) (With Uma2rman)
  • 2007: My way (Мой путь) (With Ratmir)
  • 2007: Dance (Потанцуй) (With Ksenia Sobchak)
  • 2007: Carmen (Кармен) (With Lola)
  • 2008: Do not go mad (Не сходи с ума)
  • 2008: Dirty Bitches (Грязные Шлюшки) (With Titomir, Tuman, Geegun)
  • 2008: Moscow never sleeps (With DJ SMASH)
  • 2008: Forever (With Mario Winans)
  • 2009: Welcome to St. Tropez (With Bluemarine)
  • 2009: Groove On (With Snoop Dogg)
  • 2009: Groove On (Remix) (With Snoop Dogg & Big Ali)
  • 2009: Сlassmate (With Geegun)
  • 2009: Love you (With Busta Rhymes,Mariya)
  • 2009: Time (Время) (With B.K.)



  1. ^ Kamenev, Marina (January 18, 2008). "The word on the street". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  2. ^ a b Redeeva, Elena (December 25, 2006). "Тимати: Я совершенно уникален!" (in Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  3. ^ Gasparyan, Artur (November 18, 2009). "[http:ulture/article/2009/11/18/387691_timati-pontyi-i-revolyutsiya.html Тимати: понты юция]" (in Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets. Retrieved 2009-12-24.

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