Russ: "I Already Know They’re Gonna Kill Me Off..."
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) Over the last several days, Russ has been very open on social media about his thoughts on the music industry. On September 21, the Columbia Records-signed rapper sent out a series of tweets offering advice to aspiring artists.
"All of the people in their little corner of the world tryna turn your dreams to reality..keep goin. It starts and ends with you. The world isn’t gonna crown you until you crown yourself. Stop discussing your dreams with ppl who don’t believe (could be family). Stay focused," wrote Russ.
The "Paranoid" performer returned to the social media platform on Tuesday to post a cryptic note to his 2.1 million followers. He tweeted, "I already know they’re gonna kill me off. Until then I’m lettin these mf thoughts and opinions fly. Opinion is a luxury of life. I’m not trippin bout sh*t."
Later that night, Russ sent out another tweet that read, "All I want for my birthday is some [motherf*cking] peace." The New Jersey-born, Georgia-raised rhymer is set to turn 27 on September 26.
Russ burst onto the Hip Hop scene in 2016 with the "What They Want" single off his platinum-certified There's Really a Wolf album. His second studio LP, Zoo, opened at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart before the project dropped 29 spots in its second week.
In 2018, Russ celebrated making Forbes magazine's "Highest-Paid Hip Hop Acts" list by shading other rappers that did not make the rankings, but the Diemon Crew representative missed the Top 20 on the 2019 tally. His tendency to negatively comment about other people in the culture has rubbed some of the fans and his peers the wrong way.
An anti-drug usage message that appeared to refer to addicts as "f*cking losers" caused some backlash as well. Then Russ continued to call out pill users on Twitter just days after Lil Peep died from an apparent overdose. Those tweets were met with condemnation from SmokePurrp and others.
Russ has also faced negative reactions for saying producers should be blamed for the wack songs in modern Hip Hop. Plus, the outspoken creator suggested accomplished contemporary producers such as Metro Boomin, Southside, Lex Luger, Murda Beatz, and Young Chop don't make timeless music.