Russ (rapper)

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Russ
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Vitale in 2016
Background information
Birth nameRussell James Vitale[1]
Born (1992-09-26) September 26, 1992 (age 27)
Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S.
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitediemon.com

Russell James Vitale (born September 26, 1992), better known by his stage name Russ, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.[2][3][4] He is known for his singles "What They Want" and "Losin Control", which peaked respectively at number 83 and 63 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[5]

His twelfth studio album, There's Really a Wolf, was released on May 5, 2017, and was certified Platinum on April 18, 2018.[6] His thirteenth album, Zoo, was released on September 7, 2018, and peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200.[7] Outside of his solo music, he is part of the Diemon Crew, a rap group.[8][9][10]

Early life[edit]

Russ was born on September 26, 1992 in Secaucus, New Jersey. He is of Sicilian descent.[1] Russ was born into an American-Sicilian family which included him and three other siblings.[11] He has also lived in North Carolina and Kentucky, due to his father having to constantly relocate due to his career, before his family found a permanent home in Atlanta.[12] Russ was taught to play guitar by his father, and over the years gradually learned how to play several instruments.[13] He started writing raps in his notebook at seven years old. He started making beats when he was 14, and was initially producing with his friend Bugus.[14][15] He recorded his first song at 18 years old.[16][17]

Career[edit]

In 2011, Russ appeared on MTV alongside Bugus after Bugus' song "El Jefe" gained traction.[14] From December 2011 to August 2014, Russ released 11 albums and 87 singles consecutively; all free of charge through Soundcloud.[1] Despite this, his music had not gained the attention that he wanted, so he began to release a song a week on Soundcloud for almost three years.[18] After his short enrollment in Kennesaw State University, Russ co-founded his own collective and label, Diemon, with his friend Bugus.[13] Russ had his first interaction with the music app, SoundCloud, in October 2014.[11] Russ released songs which included "Prosper", "Maybe" and "Lean On You" and many others.[13] In 2016, Russ partnered with Columbia Records.[19] He later released the single "What They Want", which peaked at number 83 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20] [21] He then released another single "Losin Control", which peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is currently his highest charting single.[5]

On May 5, 2017, Russ released his twelfth studio album, There's Really a Wolf, which debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 and number four on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[22][23][24] On April 18, 2018, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 1,000,000 units in the United States.[25] Prior to releasing his album, Russ announced on his Twitter account that he would be headlining his tour, The Wake Up Tour, from May 16 to August 5, 2017.[26]

Russ released his thirteenth studio album, Zoo, on September 7, 2018, which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200.[27]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and influences[edit]

His early inspirations were G-Unit, 50 Cent and Eminem.[16][28] He produced beats for around six years before he attempted to record himself rapping.[29] Russ is known for his songs being produced, mixed, mastered, engineered, written, and performed by himself.[30] The only producer he has collaborated with is Scott Storch [18] Most of his songs contain hip hop and R&B elements, while combining rapping and singing on the hook. His style has been described by Uproxx as a "raspy, hardbody rap flow, and lilting, almost drunken singing voice".[31]

Personal life[edit]

Russ has two different eye colors, a condition known as heterochromia; his left eye is dark-brown and his right is light-brown.[16]

Discography[edit]

Diemon studio albums[edit]

List of albums with selected details
Title Details
Velvet
  • Released: December 9, 2011[32]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
Apollo 13
  • Released: January 24, 2012[33]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
5280
  • Released: July 23, 2012
  • Label: Diemon[34]
  • Format: Download
Vacation
  • Released: September 24, 2012[35]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
Straight From Limbo
  • Released: January 1, 2013[36]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
The Edge
  • Released: June 12, 2013[35]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
Color Blind
  • Released: September 2, 2013
  • Label: Diemon [37]
  • Format: Download
Pink Elephant
  • Released: January 23, 2014[38]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
Brain Dead
  • Released: March 24, 2014[39]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
Silence
  • Released: June 11, 2014[40]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download
How to Rob
  • Released: August 18, 2014[41]
  • Label: Diemon
  • Format: Download

Columbia studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[42]
US R&B/HH
[43]
US Rap
[44]
AUS
[45]
CAN
[46]
NZ
[47]
There's Really a Wolf 7 4 4 54 9 29
Zoo
  • Released: September 7, 2018[51]
  • Label: Diemon, Columbia
  • Format: CD, download
4 2 2 43 12 35
Shake the Snow Globe
  • To be released: January 31, 2020
  • Label: Diemon, Columbia
  • Format: CD, download
To be released

Extended playlists[edit]

List of albums with selected details
Title Details
Just In Case
  • Released: December 23, 2018[52]
  • Label: Russ My Way
  • Format: Download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[5]
US R&B/HH
[53]
US Rap
[54]
US
R&B

[55]
US
Rhy.

[56]
BEL
(Fl)
Tip

[57]
BEL
(FL)
Urban

[58]
CAN
[59]
NZ
Hot

[60]
"Goodbye" 2014 Pink Elephant
"Psycho"
"Willy Wonka"
(featuring Paulina and Jafé)
2015 Non-album singles
"Too Many"
"Pull the Trigger" There's Really a Wolf
"What They Want" 83 33 21 12 50 70
"Someone to Drink With" Non-album single
"Losin Control" 62 28 7 8 There's Really a Wolf
"Do It Myself"
"Inbetween" 2016 Non-album singles
"Yung God" 43
"Waste My Time"
"We Just Haven't Met Yet"
"Psycho Pt. 2"
"Ain't Nobody Takin My Baby"
"The Journey" 2017
"Me You"[63] 30 16 20 There's Really a Wolf
"Wife You Up" 16 16 Non-album singles
"Maybe"
"Flip" 2018
"Some Time" 12
"Basement"
(featuring Jessie Reyez)
23
"Back to Life" 30 39
"The Flute Song" [A] [B] 30 47 31 90 Zoo
"Missin You Crazy"[66] [C] [D] 16
"Nobody Knows" Just In Case
"Aint Goin Back" 2019 Non-album singles
"All I Want"
(featuring DaVido)
"Civil War" 33 92 Shake the Snow Globe
"Paranoid" Non-album singles
"Summer at 7"
"Rent Free" 24
"Best on Earth"[67]
(featuring Bia)
69 32 15 4 Shake the Snow Globe

Notes

  1. ^ "The Flute Song" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[64]
  2. ^ "The Flute Song" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[65]
  3. ^ "Missin You Crazy" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[64]
  4. ^ "Missin You Crazy" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number six on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[65]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Album
"Perico"[68]
(Dakota featuring Russ)
2016 Non-album single
"Issues"
(PnB Rock featuring Russ)
2017 Catch These Vibes
"Lil Arrogant"
(IDK featuring Joey Bada$$ and Russ)
2018 Non-album single
"Bank"
(Collie Buddz featuring B Young and Russ)
2019

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles
Title Year Album
"KiKi" 2014 Non-album single
"The King"
"Boomerang"
"No Matter What"
"February" 2015
"Got It Good"
"Hoe Love"
"My Baby"
"Out of Tune"
"Lonely In Time Square"
"Shootin Up"
(featuring Bugus)
"Brand New"
"99"
(featuring Paulina and TOTEM)
"If I Died"
"Reminder"
"Single Parent Anthem"
"Brooklyn Freestyle"
"Your Favorite Rapper"
"Piranha Freestyle"
"Bugatti Stranger"
"Lapped"
"Dr. Suess"
"Keep It Moving"
(featuring John Anthony)
"Like That"
"Straight from Saudi"
"Juice & Sauce"
"First One"
"Here I Am"
"Always Knew"
"Titanic"
"The Formula"
"Down for You"
"Try It" 2016
"Moonlight in Atlanta"
"The Otherside"
"Confidence"
"Lost"
"Manifest"
"Tsunami"
"Let Me In"
"T'd Up"
"DiMaggio"
"Unavailable"
"Whenever"
"Off the Strength"
"Exposed"
"10 Year Freestyle"
"Gone"
"Look"
"Overdue"
"For the Stunt"
"Fallin' Too"
"Sideline Number" 2017
"The Best Party"
"Used to You"
"Take It All in"
(featuring Rexx Life Raj)
"Keep on Goin"
(featuring Bas)
"The Game"
"Think Twice"
"Prosper"
"Lean On You"
"Alone" 2018
"Since I Was Broke"
"Sore Losers"
"Dangerous"
"Don't Fall For It"
"September 16"
"Tell Me Why"
"Serious" Zoo
"Crown" 2019 Non-album single
"ON 10"
(featuring Rexx Life Raj)
"Old Days"
"Grammy Bag Freestyle"

Other charted & certified songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
R&B

[69]
"Cherry Hill" 2017 19 There's Really a Wolf
"Ride Slow"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2017 Woodie Awards Woodie To Watch Nominated[71]

References[edit]

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  47. ^ Peaks in New Zealand:
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  56. ^ "Russ – Chart history: Rhythmic Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  57. ^ "Russ Discography (BEL Ultratop/tip)". Ultratop. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  58. ^ Peaks in Belgium:
  59. ^ "Russ Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  60. ^ Peaks on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart:
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  65. ^ a b "Russ - Chart History: Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  66. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Crossover Radio Music News, Charts, Top Songs, Stations". AllAccess. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  67. ^ "BEST ON EARTH - Single by Russ & BIA on Apple Music". Retrieved October 23, 2019 – via iTunes.
  68. ^ "Perico (feat. Russ) - Single by Dakota on Apple Music". apple.com. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  69. ^ "Hot R&B Charts (May 27, 2017)". Billboard. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  70. ^ "American single certifications – Russ – Cherry Hill". Recording Industry Association of America". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  71. ^ "Winners & Nominees by Category - 2017 Woodies - MTV University". MTV. Retrieved 2017-05-09.

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