(AllHipHop News) Despite being a fairly new artist, Russ is never shy about expressing his thoughts on the state of the culture.
People might think this whole thing called Mumble Rap is running rap. It's not, bro. You know when you should really be concerned? Is if some of that Mumble Rap sh-t is the biggest sh-t in rap. But it's not. Guess what the biggest sh-t in rap is? Motherf-ckers who can rap, and it always will be... I don't care. If you can't rap like that, you're not going down with the best, you're not ever going to be the biggest. You're gonna plateau because that has a ceiling.
Russ also mentioned Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake as examples of acts that can rap. Those three artists have multiple platinum LPs in their respective discographies and are among the most critically-acclaimed Hip Hop performers of the last six years.
However, several acts often associated with the term "mumble rap" have seen significant commercial success in 2017. Migos, Future, and Lil Uzi Vert each reached #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Migos' Culture and Future's Future are among the ten best selling albums of '17 so far. "XO Tour Llif3" by Lil Uzi Vert, "Mask Off" by Future, and "Bad and Boujee" by Migos landed in the Top 10 most streamed singles of the year.
Kendrick dominated both the album and singles lists. Damn is the top sales-plus-streaming album with over 2 million units, and the TDE emcee has five records on the audio streams tally.
Future likely doesn't see himself as one of the contemporary rap stars Russ was speaking about. In a recent interview with Highsnobiety, he declared, "At the end of the day they’re not going to know I’m smarter than them until 10 years, 20 years from now when they’re still listening to me like 'I’m just now getting what he said.'"