The White Russian

When one thinks of hip-hop production, Moscow is ordinarily not the first place which springs to mind. Nevertheless, from behind the once mighty Iron Curtain comes Dmitriy Pochtarev (aka Dima “The White Russian”), a young man who stepped out of Moscow and into the Golden Era of hip-hop circa 1994.

Having absorbed the sample-heavy production styles of hip-hop’s heyday, it was not until the turn of the millennium that Dima discovered his own knack for creating compelling beats from diverse source material. After a number of years spent honing his craft, Dima founded Uni-Fi Records out of Milwaukee and provided a fertile environment for musicians of all kinds to work on their music.

After pairing up with KingHellBastard and handling production for their sophomore release “Cups & Bottles”, Dima acquired the moniker White Russian as a fitting complement to his heritage and the alcohol- fueled sessions which gave birth to the album. With that record under his belt, The White Russian has gone on to produce, record and engineer songs for artist both local (House of M, KHB, Malicious, DNA, Dana Coppafeel, A-Biz), and nationally known (Action Bronson, MTV RiFF RAFF, Sadat X, Akrobatik, Raashan Ahmad, Stricklin of EMC), all the while continuing to operate the ever-expanding Uni-Fi Records and further his skills as a producer (2nd Place in 2009 Milwaukee Beatdown, and Finals in 2011).

With an ear for unique samples and classic hip-hop beats, The White Russian is a producer with a sonic palette as vast as his homeland.


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