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RUSS – Before They Were Famous – RAPPER BIOGRAPHY

RUSS – Before They Were Famous – RAPPER BIOGRAPHY


Before Russ dropped 11 mix tapes in the span
of just three years, and pulled in tens of millions of views for music videos like Losin
Control, Too Many, Do It Myself, and What They Want Before lighting it up on sound cloud, with
over half a million followers, and hitting number four on the US rap charts with his
debut studio album, There’s Really A Wolf Before he was
living the life of a rap star, selling out shows accross the US and Europe, inking a
deal with Columbia, and, getting some, well, some other perks… Russ grew up travelling all over the country,
before finally settling down in Atlanta. From there, he’d team up with his music friends
and gradually build up a powerful online following by dropping music relentlessly, on sound cloud,
youtube, and his own website. After years of hustling, major record labels
would be knocking down his door, and he would soon be opening for the likes of Vince Stapes,
Waka Flocka Flame, and Wiz Khalifa. What’s going on, guys? Michael McCrudden here, hitting you in the
face with another Before They Were Famous video, documenting the life and career of
Russ prior to fame. I’ve covered other rappers who are big on
soundcloud, like XXXtentacion, and Chance the Rapper. But you guys let me know who you want to see
next! You can do that in the comments, or hit me
up on twitter or Instagram, at McCruddenM. Russ was born Russell Vitale on September
26th, 1992 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Russ was born with a condition called hetero
chromia, meaning his eyes have different colours. In Russ’s case, both his eyes are brown, but
the left one is a much darker. Russ’s mom was a college graduate, but she
didn’t do much with her degree. Instead, his father supported the family,
but didn’t have the same educational background. Aside from New Jersey, Russ also lived in
New York, North Carolina and Kentucky, before finding a more permanent home in Atlanta,
Georgia, when he was 12 years old. Even prior to that, Russ had shown an interest
in hip hop, penning raps in his notebook from the age of seven. By fourteen, he was beginning to produce beats,
and he recorded his first song at 18 years old. Music was in the genes, with Russ’s grandfather
actually teaching him how to play the guitar. But he grew up listening to his parents’ music,
which was not exactly hip hop. They had him listening to artists like Earth
Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, The Mommas and The Poppas, Bruce Springsteen and Luther Vandros. In fact, he’s stated his earliest memory of
music was dancing to country music in North Carolina, when he was 3 years old. Russ’s first introduction to hip hop came
in the form of G Unit’s artists, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 cent. Today, he claims his biggest artistic influences
include Drake, Kanye, J Cole, DMX, and Tupac. But that’s not all. Determined to make it as a rapper and producer,
Russ still a young teen when he formed a musical collective with a bunch of his friends, including
Bugus, Dartlin, Paulo, DJ Adam Golden, Macivan Musa, and John Anthony. The group would be known as DIEMON, which
stands for Do It Everyday Music or Nothing, and Russ would be the in house producer. While Russ’s beats did not have the typical
trap style sound you’d expect from an Atlanta based artist, from the beginning he decided
to bypass the local scene and built his audience online. To put out his music, his crew would create
a website, diemon dot com, which is still in operation today. A youtube channel would follow, registered
on September 19th, 2011. Their first video would be a music video for
El Jefe, a song by Bugus, and produced by Russ. It wouldn’t be long before Russ’s vocals would
also be featured on the channel. The music video for Corleone would drop on
May 30th, 2012. By the time that video was put out, Russ had
already dropped his first two mixtapes, Velvet (Dec, 2011) and Apollo 13 (Jan, 2012). And the music just kept coming. In fact, by the time Russ got on to soundcloud
in October of 2014, he had already released 11 mixtapes. Capitalizing on his ability to rapidly create
music, Russ began to pump out a song every week. Within a year, he had amassed well over 5,000
followers on sound cloud. A year after that, he had amassed over 200,000. At the time of this recording, he has well
over 500 thousand. Needless to say, the labels started calling
around October of 2015. While Russ says he really could have signed
with anyone, he ultimately decided to team up with Columbia. With the backing of a major label, he got
to work on his first studio Album, There’s Really a Wolf. The album would be released on May 5, 2017,
and rock the billboard charts, hitting number 7 on the Hot 200 and number 4 on the US Rap
charts. It would also feature four singles, two of
which would be certified platinum. Today, Russ continues to control his own sound,
producing his own beats, and penning his own lyrics. As for the rest of the story, well, we’ll
have to wait and see, this is before they were famous. My name’s Michael McCrudden, thanks for watching
this video. I got two suggestions for you down here. Hit subscribe and remember to turn on your
notifications so that when I drop a new video, you can be on it right away. Let me know who you want to see next, and
I’ll see you in another video!

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  2. fuck michael mccrudden.

  3. Please let us know something about NEFFEX

  4. Yall go check out Vo from Chicago

  5. before they were famous 6 dogs

  6. More like before he was hated

  7. The underachievers

  8. It's um .. It's pronounced Boo-Gus. But yay for the Russ Love!!

  9. Eminem and Dr. Dre ain't G-unit…. not the first time that you throw out incorrect info… foh

  10. WHAT!!!! He opened for Vince Staples??? Little known fact Vince Staples is a person that is alive..

  11. RUSS IS GARBAGE. RIP LIL PEEP

  12. Did he just say bug us

  13. Russ inspires me to continue to write music .

  14. What is the name of that music running in background?

  15. Don't give a shit what people say, Russ one of the best!

  16. Damn this nigga sucks

  17. Still consistent with not knowing how to pronounce names I see. Lol

  18. Michael what about u next time.

  19. I thought you did "before they were famous" for famous people?

  20. What say he about what means diemon

  21. L. only russ we fuck with is Russell Westbrook

  22. Xavier Wulf the king of SoundCloud

  23. Cuando en español?

  24. Russ takes an l

  25. Do one on Mozzy from Sacramento 916

  26. Russ is ok….his best song is 'Losin Control" easily! I have HIT RRCORDS also on my soundcloud! I'm just waiting for the world to catch up to my greatness! Listen to every track! ▶️soundcloud.com/timeless412pgh

  27. BlocBoy Jb PLZ!!!

  28. Ahora en español por favor

  29. He was a L then, and a L now

  30. I freakin love russ so fukkin much

  31. Do chance the rapper

  32. En españoooollll :

  33. L – Before They Were Famous

  34. I love russ. Russ i love you. If i was younger i would have you xoxo

  35. I'm a fan of russ

  36. Corniest rapper ever LOL

  37. Aye like if you have gone to a Russ concert cause I went one on June 13 2018 in Amarillo tx

  38. 11 mixtapes!!!?????

  39. What high school he went to ???????

  40. had to come to this video to get some dirt on my Russ diss track teehee

  41. Why people think he's white lol

  42. Somehow Russ took a L for this

  43. One day I was looking for a song but i find this amazing singer

  44. RUSS BEFORE THEY WERE DEAD?

  45. Flute song brought me here!!!

  46. DO AN UPDATE FOR RUSS!!!!!!

  47. Where the real russ fans at, if ya know at least 80% of his stuff, and its [boo-gus] btw lol, Russ is just beginning to get recognized fully both by the industry and public, hes my favorite rapper, stop with the 2pac and eminem, thats needless to say, theyre goats of their own stuff, but this is today and rn

  48. Russ has a bright future ahead of him!

  49. Russ opened for Eminem in Scotland in 2017

  50. Hagan una versión en español!!!

  51. Russ is a wave nahh ? Russ is a Tsunami..!

  52. Do michael mccrudden

  53. Man I'm so happy I got to see him in person ❤️😊

  54. Russell 😍😍

  55. It feels like this songs are about my life write when they drooped I was going through it…like god was speaking to me through his 🎶

  56. Shout out to nippsy r.i.p. 3:40

  57. Can u do fredo bang

  58. By the time that all yall hear this he will most likely have more.

  59. you do K Flay yet? she good.

  60. I have a hard time believing he didn’t record a song until he was 18 lol I gotta hear this from Russ..

  61. You missed that fact that this video was produced, mixed, mastered, engineered and written by Russ

  62. Damn it's easy to be famous

  63. Jersey don’t want him lol in my opinion and also in my Opinion Albee Al is the king of Jersey

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