Russ Vitale (born September 26, 1992), better known by his stage name Russ, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is one of the fastest growing artists of 2016. He is part of the DIEMON Crew, a rap group.His SoundCloud page has garnered over 40 million listens since its inception in 2014. In 2016, Russ signed to Columbia Records. He later released the single “What They Want.”
He is of Sicilian ancestry. He has also lived in New York, North Carolina and Kentucky. Russ started writing raps in his notebook at 7 years old and started making beats when he was 14. He recorded his first song at 18 years old.
His early inspirations were G-Unit, 50 Cent and Eminem. At the end of August 2016 Russ became known in the Polish media. His clip ‘Losin Control’ (from February 2016) was accused of being a plagiarism of the clip ‘The Fib’ (released in September 2015) created for the song of Polish electronic music group Rysy. The alleged similarities relate to the script, characters, film techniques, shots and scenes.
“A triple threat of the finest order, all we wanna know about Russ is if he can dance too. A singer, producer, and rapper, the Soundcloud God in the making drops singles like Donald Drumpf at Magic City. Although ATL is his origin, Russ was born in New Jersey, and spent his childhood living in various places all over the States. This constant motion and rich body of influences has clearly made a monster out of Russ Vitale. He’s an independent artist with enough hustle to make the rap game afraid for dear life. Selling out shows worldwide on his own, Russ has already gotten co-signs from the likes of Kylie Jenner and Waka Flocka Flame. Manifest destiny.” ( HNHH.com )