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Russ
Birth name Russell Vitale[1]
Born (1992-09-26)September 26, 1992 (age 25)
Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website diemon.com

Russell Vitale (born September 26, 1992), known by his stage name and mononym Russ, is an American hip hop recording artist, singer-songwriter and record producer.[2][3] 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.[4] He is part of the Diemon Crew, a rap group.[5][6][7] His debut Columbia studio album There's Really a Wolf was released on May 5, 2017, and on April 18, 2018, it was certified Platinum.[8]

Early life

Russ was born on September 26, 1992 in Secaucus, New Jersey. He is of Sicilian descent.[1] 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 Georgia.[9] He started writing raps in his notebook at seven years old and started making beats when he was 14.[10] He recorded his first song at 18 years old.[11][12]

Russ has two different eye colors, a condition known as heterochromia; his left eye is dark-brown and his right is light-brown.[11]

Career

From December 2011 to August 2014, Russ released 11 albums and 87 singles consecutively; all free of charge through Soundcloud.[1] In 2016, Russ partnered with Columbia Records.[13] He later released the single "What They Want", which peaked at number 83 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[14] [15] 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.[4]

On May 5, 2017, Russ released his first Columbia 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.[16][17][18] 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.[19] Prior to releasing his album, Russ announced on his Twitter account that he would be headlining his own tour, The Wake Up Tour, from May 16 to August 5, 2017. [20]

Musical style

His early inspirations were G-Unit, 50 Cent and Eminem.[11][21]

He produced beats for around 6 years before he attempted to record himself rapping.[22]

Russ is known for his songs being produced, mixed, mastered, engineered, written, and performed by himself.[23] 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".[24]

Discography

Columbia studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[25]
US R&B/HH
[26]
US Rap
[27]
AUS
[28]
CAN
[29]
There's Really a Wolf 7 4 4 54 9

Diemon studio albums

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

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[4]
US R&B/HH
[42]
US Rap
[43]
US
R&B

[44]
BEL
(Fl)
Tip

[45]
CAN
[46]
"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 70
"Someone to Drink With" Non-album single
"Losin Control" 62 28 7
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[50]
There's Really a Wolf
"Do It Myself"
"Inbetween" 2016 Non-album singles
"Waste My Time"
"We Just Haven't Met Yet"
"Psycho Pt. 2"
"Ain't Nobody Takin My Baby"
"The Journey" 2017
"Me You"[54] 16 There's Really a Wolf
"Wife You Up" 16 Non-album singles
"Some Time" 2018 12
"Basement"
(featuring Jessie Reyez)
23
"Back to Life”

As featured artist

List of singles as featured artist
Title Year Album
"Perico"[56]
(Dakota featuring Russ)
2016 Non-album single
"Issues"
(PnB Rock featuring Russ)
2017 Catch These Vibes

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[57]
BEL
(FL)
Urban

[58]
"Down for You" 2015 Non-album single
"The Otherside" 2016
"Yung God" 113 43
"Manifest"
"T’d Up"
"Overdue"
"The Game" 2017
"Maybe"
"Prosper"
"Think Twice"
"Lean on You"
"Flip" 2018
"Alone"
"Dangerous"

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
R&B

[59]
"Cherry Hill" 2017 19 There's Really a Wolf

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2017 Woodie Awards Woodie To Watch Nominated[61]

References

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