Russel Hobbs

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Not to be confused with Russell Hobbs.
Russel Hobbs
Russel Hobbs.jpg
First appearance 1998
Created by Damon Albarn
Jamie Hewlett
Voiced by Remi Kabaka Jr.
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Gender Male
Occupation Musician
Nationality African-American

Russel Hobbs is a fictional musician, and member of the virtual band Gorillaz. He provides the drums and percussion for the band. Like all the other Gorillaz band members, he was created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett in 1998. Russel's spoken voice is supplied by Cass Browne,[1] and he is otherwise played by Remi Kabaka, Jr.[2]

On 9 March 2010, he was voted the third most sexy cartoon musician of all-time by Nerve.com.[3]

Characterisation[edit]

Like all of the other Gorillaz members, Russel was not based on a real person, but was instead conceptualised by Hewlett and Albarn as the personification of the hip-hop aspect of Gorillaz music, to embody the spirit of collaboration with various rappers.[2]

Russel Hobbs provides the percussion for Gorillaz, and he can invoke the souls of dead rappers from the fictional hip hop canon. On the début Gorillaz album, Russel called upon and embodied the soul of "Del Tha Ghost Rapper", a character voiced by and loosely based on American rapper Del the Funky Homosapien.[2]


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