He walks the walk after talking the talk.
The least you can say is this: Russ is a rapper that speaks his mind.
In a quote from a recent interview, Russ proclaimed that "blogs don't matter" for artists who are trying to make it on their own. The context being that, five years ago, he spent tons of time sending out emails to different music blogs, trying to get them to feature his music, but to no avail. That, according to him, was 2012.
Five years later, he has definitely made out just fine. His new album There's Really a Wolf has brought him success and respect in the rap game, but many social media users lashed out in protest to his comment that the type of sites he's mentioning don't matter. Russ responded on Twitter this afternoon with several videos describing exactly how he feels. Actually, it's more like putting the haters in their places. Watch them below.
PSA to all the artists out there tryna get on. Yall bloggers can stay in the past. I moved on from 2012 and 2014. You should too. pic.twitter.com/XmaMNzk1mO— Russ (@russdiemon) May 17, 2017
When you do something unbelievable, haters will try and say it's fake cuz they don't have the mental capacity to fathom your success pic.twitter.com/Foyvdof38q— Russ (@russdiemon) May 17, 2017
"Blogs don't matter"— Russ (@russdiemon) May 17, 2017
A lot of bloggers favorite blog pic.twitter.com/OY7ohYf4gb
When some complainants persisted, Russ decided to keep calm.
I'm off all this shit. I got to where I'm at cuz of persistence and good music being dropped consistently in a digestible way for years.— Russ (@russdiemon) May 17, 2017
There are definitely two sides to the story, with bloggers saying that his tone wasn't all right, but his current sales and tour numbers don't lie: in spite of whatever circumstances, Russ is now a force to be reckoned with.