I created a similar topic about a half year ago, but then, TV producers bumped me from the TV station before the first day of shooting. But now, believe and behold, Seva IS on the loose again, and this time, for real real reals.
In the mid-2008, a video appeared on Russian YouTube fields. The guy who rapped in it called himself "Rapper Syava" and he sang about himself being a part of Russian sub-culture called "gopota", for which there's no equivalent in the English-speaking world; I would translate it as "thugs" or "tough guys". Their main distinctions are a big plastic bottle of beer, cheap cigarettes or hashish, leather jacket, cloth-cap and an occasional knife. As for linguistic side of a subject - yes, nothing more but profanity, profanity, profanity. And there was galore of it in his parody song (the rapper is an actual DJ from the city of Perm').
Soon, he gathered an enormous amount of watching viewers on YouTube, and became a nationwide star. Thugs he parodied in a video didn't get the joke and took it all serious, making a general audience for his concerts.
You won't be offended by any dirty words since they're all in Russian, so here it is, Rapper Syava:
Being from St. Petersburg, a "cultural capital of Russia", and a lead-singer and songwriter of a parody rock-groupe "Glom!", which was created by me as a heavy Al fan (see Avatar), I was looking for a Russian popular single to make a smart parody of, and I couldn't find better than that.
I came out with the idea of "Rapper Seva", a guy from the Philological faculty rapping about Balzac and irregular verbs. Soon I realized that the idea has much in common with "White and Nerdy", and that would be a "parody of a parody"... but then I said, why not? I took a cheap camera, my friend from the Institute of Cinema and Television to shoot it, Weird Al for inspiration, and made this:
I expected some response from the Internet community, but could never even imagine what would happen. My video gained about 200,000 views in a week on YouTube only, I started to get propositions to make a number of concerts for MONEY (!!!), and even had been interviewed twice! It really boggles my mind right now. People even recognize me in the streets! WOW!! And the most exciting news is, the original artist I parodied wants to include our video in his upcoming DVD. Isn't that just sweet?!
You can, BTW, read the interviews right here
. BE FOREWARNED: You won't get neither the video jokes nor the interviews since they're all in Russian, but you can watch the photos and be proud of your devoted alumni.
I do even mention Al in the first one, but you won't find it anyway.
Which is all double-fun for you, I know.
And I, surely proud of myself being so darn cool, want to sincerely thank and hug all the WOWAYers for inspiring and merrying me for all these years, and of course, I wanna thank and hug my elder brother from the far United States, my all-time favorite artist and the first in the list of my mentors, Alfred Matthew Yankovic, mostly known as - Weird Al.
*mods, you can sure move it, since I don't have an idea where it belongs*
"Synonym" is an anthonym for "homonym".