I have been slowly learning Russian for a little while now and it's hard. I would like to make everything a little happier by adding some pop or rap music in my target language. Everyday I watching figure skating live streams in Russian so I get exposure everyday with things I enjoy. If you know any good bands/artists please leave names/link in the comments.
Oxxxymiron is one of the most popular and even the most quality russian mainstream rappers, I think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBleNfmkScA
There is a producer Oligarkh, he's not bad. It's EDM and folk music mixture. I like it. https://soundcloud.com/oligarkh_official/12-volya
If you like to listen to instrumental hip-hop, you should check these guys (they are not so famous, but i like some of their beats) : https://soundcloud.com/dubunitprod https://soundcloud.com/nuttkase https://soundcloud.com/dcmbrbeats
Also if you want to listen some pop-songs, you should listen Enjoykin. He makes remixes of popular russian meme-videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/Enjoykin
I like some songs by Павел Чехов, especially "В нашем порту" (video is so-so, but song is good) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKxmTSXj330
Pop or rap? Some samples of what I think to be authentic Russian music (youtube links):
Ленинград — СИЗОнная
Ленинград — Мусор
Владимир Высоцкий — Песня про Козла отпущения
Владимир Высоцкий — Кони Привередливые
Игорь Растеряев — Русская дорога
БГ — Нас с тобою на.....
MOTOR-ROLLER — Песня о войне
Враги сожгли родную хату (исп. Владимир Азязов)
Каскад — Кукушка
Пелагея — Не для тебя, Голубушка, Ой, да не вечер
Yes. And then again, no.
It's useful if it's slow enough/enunciated enough for you to catch the lyrics and words. Absolutely. But if you don't like the songs? You're going to tune it out. I think it's better to listen to the style of music you like - this gets you energized and interested and, while it make take you a very long time to figure out WTF Shnur is singing about (pro-tip - it's booze, women, partying, chaos or cursing. What's not to like?) it's beneficial because if you remove yourself from the vocabulary you start to hear the SOUNDS.
Clearly I'm not Russian but if you want to hear understandable text, listen to a news podcast. If you want to train yourself to hear the sounds, listen to the music you like.
Since it's not here (that I've seen) and it's neither pop nor rap but it's great - shout out to отава ё