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Kirill Aleksandrovich Tolmatsky (July 22, 1983, Moscow - February 3, 2019, Izhevsk) is a Russian rap artist, songwriter, composer, actor and poet, known under the stage names Decl (stylized as Decl), Le Truk and Giuseppe Rigid. He was one of the most influential hip-hop artists in Russia.

In 1999, he began his musical career, recording the track "Friday", the video clip for which was in wide rotation on MTV Russia. On the wave of success, he became a production project of his father, Alexander Tolmatsky, and his business partner, Vlad Valov, the author of texts for the project[10]. His debut album "Who are you?" sold over a million copies and received a high rating from the editors of the portal, who considered it the best rap album of 2000. In 2001, the second album, Street Fighter, was released, which turned out to be less successful than the debut work. At the end of the year, Tolmatsky Sr. stopped cooperating with Valov, as a result of which their "Bad B. Alliance" disintegrated.

In 2002, Tolmatsky began an independent creative activity and began to write texts himself. He took on a new pseudonym "Le Truk" and released the third album Detsl aka Le Truk (2004). The songs "Potabachim", "There is a God" and "Legalize" became famous due to the rotation of video clips for these songs on the MTV Russia channel. After the release of the album, DeTsl broke off relations with his producer father. The next two albums, MosVegas 2012 (2008) and "Here and Now" (2010), the rapper released samizdat under the new pseudonym "Decl". From 2014 to 2018, Le Truk worked on the Decillion trilogy, consisting of three discs: Dancehall Mania (2014), MXXXIII (2014) and No matter who's at the helm (2018).

At the end of 2000, DeTsl became the winner of the Golden Ptyuch '99 award in the Hope of the Year category, as well as the Record award in the Debut of the Year category. He was recognized as the "Breakthrough of the Year" by the magazine "OM", where he was also nominated in the categories "Performer of the Year" and "Video of the Year". For the video clip for the song "Party", the rapper received the MTV Video Music Awards in the nomination "The choice of MTV Russia viewers" (Russian Viewer's Choice). Video clips for the songs "Party", "My Blood, Blood" and "Hope for Tomorrow" became laureates in the Hit Parade-20 nomination at the first Muz-TV award ceremony. For the song "Letter" DeTsl received awards at the "Stopud hit" and "Golden Gramophone" music awards. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Gargoyle award in the Legend of the Year nomination. He was posthumously awarded the title of "Hip-Hop Legend" at the ZHARA Music Awards and a special award "For Contribution to the Development of Hip-Hop Music" at the Muz-TV Awards.

On February 3, 2019, Kirill Tolmatsky died in his dressing room after a performance in Izhevsk from acute heart failure, which was a complication of a disease of the cardiovascular system


Kirill Tolmatsky was born on July 22, 1983 in Moscow. Father - Alexander Yakovlevich Tolmatsky (born May 12, 1960), disc jockey at the House of Culture of the Sickle and Hammer plant, since 1987 - producer, founder of Radio Next (2005), since 2011 - general producer of the A-One TV channel. For personal reasons, in the last 15 years of his life, Kirill Tolmatsky did not communicate with his father[15]. Mother - Irina Anatolyevna Tolmatskaya (born October 14, 1963), medical administrator [16]. He studied in Switzerland and graduated from the prestigious British International School in Moscow. Cyril has a half-sister Anfisa (born April 15, 2009 in his father's second marriage) and brother Fedor


The grave of Kirill Tolmatsky at the Pyatnitsky cemetery

Immediately after the death of Decl, Izhevsk activists came up with the idea of ​​installing a monument to the performer in the city. In June 2019, a graffiti in memory of the rapper was finished on the wall of one of the houses in Izhevsk: next to the realistic profile of Kirill Tolmatsky, there was a line from one of his songs - “Do good, bro”. Subsequently, the art object has repeatedly become a victim of vandalism.

On March 14, 2019, rapper Legalize released a video for the song "Ocean" in memory of Decl.

On April 27, 2019, rapper N'Pans released a video for the song "Mission 35" dedicated to Decl.

On May 19, 2019, the KNARA vocalist released the song “In Memory of Decl aka LeTruk. There is little time left."

On July 22, 2019, in honor of the artist’s 36th birthday in Kiev, the writer Seibyone dedicated a new mural to Decl, thus expressing respect for the artist.

On November 7, 2019, the Premier.One online platform premiered the two-hour documentary “With the Windows Closed. An honest biography of Kirill Tolmatsky” (scriptwriter, director and producer Roman Super).

In 2019, Timati and a participant in the show "Songs on TNT" from his Slame team made a tribute to Decl on the new episode of the show, performing their version of the song "My tears are my sadness." During the choruses, a hologram of Decl also appears - first young, then mature. [Source not specified 547 days]

In the same year, Kirill received two awards posthumously:

At the last Heat Music Awards 2019 ceremony, Kirill Tolmatsky was posthumously awarded the title of Hip-Hop Legend. The musician's parents took the stage to receive the award.

On June 7, at the MUZ-TV Award ceremony, Kirill Tolmatsky was awarded a Special Award for "Contribution to the Development of Hip-Hop"


album "Acoustic" (together with Animal Jazz)
album "Here and Now" and the music award "Legend of the Year"
album «Detsl a.k.a. Le Truk»
July 22, 1983
Detsl was born in Moscow.


Further Resources


Detsl aka Le Truk




November 9, 2017


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