Russell Vitale, known to his fans as Russ, is an American musician. He is a rapper, a hip-hop artist, a record producer, a singer and song-writer. He is also part of the rap group, ‘Diemon Crew’. Russ is famous for the hit songs, “Losin Control” and “What They Want”. Keep reading to find out more about his life, rise to fame and net worth in 2018.
Russ Early Life
Russ is Sicilian by birth. He was born on September 26, 1992. Although his birthplace was Secaucus, New Jersey, he moved around quite a bit due to the nature of his father’s job. He has lived at different points in his life in North Carolina and Kentucky before permanently settling in Georgia.
Interestingly, the artist suffers from a condition called heterochromia. This means that his two eyes are differently coloured. His right eye is light brown and his left eye is dark brown.
Russ Career, Awards & Achievement
Russell recorded his first song when he was just eighteen years old. He did it all from the basement of his home. His first foray into music was not met with great success primarily because his marketing was not right. He spent copious hours in the basement, recording, mixing and producing his songs. He has gone on record to say that the first eleven albums that he produced were all flops.
He soon began to realise his errors and changes his marketing tactic. He eventually started to release one track a week on his Soundcloud. This idea was implemented in 2014. It took him the good part of a year in order to gain enough followers on Soundcloud for him to release his tracks in a commercially viable environment.
In his own statements, Russell admits that in 2016, he was the opening act for less than 50 artists. However, the winds soon turned in his favour when he managed to hire Cara Lewis, as his agent. After this hire, he went on a tour through Europe as well as two tours through North America both of which were sold out.
It was also in 2016 that Russ signed on to Columbia Records. He states quite carefully that the arrangement they have is beneficial to both parties concerned because of his impressive following.
Columbia produced his hit single, “What They Want”, which went on to be in the Top 100 in the Billboard Charts. It also boasts of 48 million streams on Spotify and over 21 million views on YouTube. This is a particularly impressive feat, given the fact that he started off his career with less than a 100 views on the same platform.
His other hit single, “Losin Control” ranked at 83 in the Billboard Hot 100.
It was in 2017, that he finally released his debut commercial album, There’s Really a Wolf.
He also proclaimed himself as the headlining cat in his own tour, called The Wake Up Tour.
Awards & Achievement
In 2017, he was nominated for the Woodie Awards in the category of A Woodie to Watch. Russ is only 24 and he has a long career before him to attain success in award ceremonies.
Net Worth of Russ
His net worth is around $350 thousand. His revenue comes form his music and the royalties that he earns by virtue of his music. His tours also contribute to his wealth.
Russell Vitale has seen hardship and it has been a struggle to reach where he is at today. He worked hard at his music in order to gain the fan following that he has in the present day. He is a star in the making.