Artist Information for Russ

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Name: Russ

Followers: 5,124,388

Monthly Listeners: 15,282,732

Top Cities:

  • Sydney, AU (233,635 listeners)
  • Los Angeles, US (215,546 listeners)
  • Chicago, US (194,442 listeners)
  • Dallas, US (180,226 listeners)
  • London, GB (168,148 listeners)

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Biography:
Russ Vitale is a melodic rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer with multiple Top Ten-charting albums to his name. During the 2010s, Vitale emerged from the Atlanta-area underground with dozens of independent singles and albums, all of which were made freely available as downloads. Signing with the majors in 2017, he issued his mainstream breakthrough, the platinum-certified Top Ten album There's Really a Wolf. He also cracked the Top Five of the Billboard 200 with 2018's Zoo and 2020's Shake the Snow Globe before releasing the companion albums Chomp and Chomp 2. The hit single "Handsomer" and the EP If Not Now, When? appeared in 2022, and the full-length Santiago arrived in 2023. Numerous singles have followed, including 2024's "That's My Girl"/"Tired." Inspired by 50 Cent and Eminem, as well as the classic rock he absorbed as a youngster, the New Jersey-born Vitale gradually learned to play several instruments, including guitar, which was taught to him by his father. After a short period of enrollment at Kennesaw State, Vitale established Diemon, a collective and label. His prolific output switched between swaggering modern hip-hop anthems and woozy R&B-oriented ballads, with relaxed melodic hooks the common element in both modes. He gradually gained a significant following through word of mouth and exposure from alternative weeklies and major rap publications. In 2015 and 2016, his career really picked up with cuts like "Losin Control," "What They Want," and "Pull the Trigger," which were among his most popular recordings to that point. Russ signed to Columbia Records in 2017 and released his major-label debut, There's Really a Wolf. The album featured the aforementioned singles and debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. It was later certified platinum. As the year progressed, Vitale continued to release singles, including "Prosper," "Maybe," and "Lean on You." He continued his singles series into 2018, leading up to the release of his second full-length, Zoo. Featuring guest appearances from Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg, the album reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200. Album singles "The Flute Song" and "Missin You Crazy" helped boost the album's performance, with the latter track going platinum. Later that year, he issued a trio of Zoo session tracks as an EP titled Just in Case. After releasing a handful of non-album singles in 2019, Russ kicked off a new decade in January 2020 with his third album for Columbia, Shake the Snow Globe. The set hit the Top Five once again, and the single "Best on Earth" with Bia became a chart hit. That October, Russ returned with the non-album track "Paid Off," and he rounded out the year with the Chomp EP. More non-album tracks followed, including 2020's "Take You Back" with Kehlani and 2021's "Ugly" featuring Lil Baby. A follow-up album, Chomp 2, arrived in December 2021 and featured appearances by Ransom, Jadakiss, Mozzy, and others. In 2022, Russ issued the streaming hit "Handsomer," which he followed with the EP If Not Now, When? A flurry of singles appeared at the start of 2023, including the hits "Put You on Game" and "Nasty." The EP Chomp 2.5 preceded the studio full-length Santiago, with guests including Bibi Bourelly, Justin Nozuka, and Rexx Life Raj. "Said It Freestyle" closed out the year. In 2024, Russ released numerous tracks, including "Drives," the DJ Premier collaboration "Work This Out," and the double single "That's My Girl"/"Tired." ~ Andy Kellman


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Top 10 Albums

When I'm With You Album Image When I'm With You
Label: Russ My Way Inc
Release Date: 2021-08-13
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Te Encontré Album Image Te Encontré
Label: Cuatro Siete Tres Music
Release Date: 2023-03-23
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Remember (Remix) (Feat. Hailey Knox) Album Image Remember (Remix) (Feat. Hailey Knox)
Label: DIEMON
Release Date: 2022-01-21
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Rather Be Myself Album Image Rather Be Myself
Label: Russ My Way Inc
Release Date: 2021-06-18
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
CROWN Album Image CROWN
Label: Columbia
Release Date: 2019-09-20
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Throne Talks Album Image Throne Talks
Label: Russ My Way Inc
Release Date: 2020-08-14
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Therapy Music Album Image Therapy Music
Label: Visionary Music Group LLC/ Def Jam PS
Release Date: 2022-05-06
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Can't Be Me Album Image Can't Be Me
Label: Russ My Way Inc
Release Date: 2020-07-24
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
NASTY (Extended Version) Album Image NASTY (Extended Version)
Label: DIEMON
Release Date: 2023-03-31
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Lake Como Album Image Lake Como
Label: Russ My Way Inc
Release Date: 2021-07-23
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0

Top 10 Tracks

3:15 (Breathe) Track Image 3:15 (Breathe)
Playcount: 303,930,680
Duration: 03:04
3:15 (Breathe) Track Image 3:15 (Breathe)
Playcount: 303,930,680
Duration: 03:04
BEST ON EARTH (feat. BIA) - Bonus Track Image BEST ON EARTH (feat. BIA) - Bonus
Playcount: 236,182,987
Duration: 02:40
BEST ON EARTH (feat. BIA) - Bonus Track Image BEST ON EARTH (feat. BIA) - Bonus
Playcount: 236,182,987
Duration: 02:40
CIVIL WAR - Bonus Track Image CIVIL WAR - Bonus
Playcount: 213,353,633
Duration: 02:24
CIVIL WAR - Bonus Track Image CIVIL WAR - Bonus
Playcount: 213,353,633
Duration: 02:24
Seduce (Feat. Capella Grey & Tamae) Track Image Seduce (Feat. Capella Grey & Tamae)
Playcount: 99,852,444
Duration: 01:57
HANDSOMER (Remix) (Feat. Ktlyn) Track Image HANDSOMER (Remix) (Feat. Ktlyn)
Playcount: 86,182,551
Duration: 02:23
3AM Track Image 3AM
Playcount: 79,164,750
Duration: 03:20
Are You Entertained (feat. Ed Sheeran) Track Image Are You Entertained (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Playcount: 66,092,845
Duration: 02:36

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Joey Bada$$ Artist Image Joey Bada$$
Collaborations: 11
Black Thought Artist Image Black Thought
Collaborations: 10
Dylan Cartlidge Artist Image Dylan Cartlidge
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Danger Mouse Artist Image Danger Mouse
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Bugus Artist Image Bugus
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Rexx Life Raj Artist Image Rexx Life Raj
Collaborations: 8
Queen Naija Artist Image Queen Naija
Collaborations: 5
NJOMZA Artist Image NJOMZA
Collaborations: 4
Logic Artist Image Logic
Collaborations: 4
Collie Buddz Artist Image Collie Buddz
Collaborations: 4