In 1998, Pasha Kalachev transitioned from Moscow, Russia to New York. Forced by this new culture to learn English at an accelerated rate, he developed a keen affinity for English literature but still immersed himself in Russian poetry. It appealed to Pasha’s growing obsession with lyricism, which transformed to a substantial appreciation for hip-hop music. Poetry on a beat became his escape.
Russian rap music flowed through Pasha’s headphones as he attended art school, earning a degree in Menswear Design. His passion for writing poems never ceased. After working for a corporate company that left creatively stifled, he began to search for his true artist. Adopting the NYC hustle, he became an actor but still felt he wasn’t contributed to the world in any impactful way.
Feeling a loss of identity, he left home, traveled through Europe and began writing short-form nonfiction and poetry guided him back to the root of his creativity. After arriving back in NYC, and starting work on a novel, Pasha became an active member of the underground poetry scene. Still enthusiastic about hip-hop, he decided to write a 3-track EP in English.
Just like that, the fire ignited. In a union of lyrical poetry and rap, Glass Hamlet was conceived. A casual hobby became Pasha’s life. From that point on, all he wanted to do was write the music which ultimately became his first album. A year later, in the production stage of his first album; he finally had a project he was thoroughly proud of, with which he could push the boundaries of the rap genre to a more intellectual direction.
“This journey has been chaotic and the track is wet. Yet, we continue.”
Aka Glass Hamlet