MUSICEYES & EDGE

IN THE GREENROOM WITH RUSS

MUSICEYES & EDGE
IN THE GREENROOM WITH RUSS
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It’s a trademark rainy Portland night when EYES & EDGE sat down with RUSS backstage at the Roseland to catch up on his Yung God Tour. The future superstar carried the same swagger that he had at the Skype Studio hours earlier - shoutout to WE 96.3 for having us. Making our way down to the greenroom after watching a smooth soundcheck to prepare for the horde of sold-out fans, we had a brief interview session to see where he was at in his career.E&E: We see you rocking the toothpick. What flavor?Russ: Tea tree mint. They are so great. As a kid I was always biting my nails and chewing gum. So, a toothpick is epic for me because I can chew on it and it tastes like tea tree mint! I love them so much we put them on my rider for this tour. E&E: Do you have a sponsorship for the toothpicks yet?Russ: We’re working on it!E&E: If not music, then what?Russ: NBA. 100% My jumpshot is top three in the country.E&E: You’ve had a busy day so far. Is that an average day for you going to radio stations on tour?Russ: Yeah, for me because I am trying to take over radio. You gotta get up, go do radio, not that much time between that and soundcheck. Then before you know it the show happens and it’s like oh fuck, guess I never got that nap in!E&E: Dream venue?Russ: Madison square garden. I’m going to sell it out next year - put it on record.E&E: Would you ever outsource your production?Russ: I don’t see myself doing that. Never say never though.E&E: Where are you finding new music? On SoundCloud?Russ: That’s what is fucked up! I don’t even do that anymore. I don’t search for new music anymore. I don’t know why. I think it is just way different now.When I was seventeen there was still that discovery aspect. Everyone is so out in the open now that it is not as exciting. By the time you find someone, they are probably already on. Music is so accessible. Before there was no Instagram, no Snapchat, no Twitter, no Vine. Now, people are blowin up these random social medias. Before it was just Two Dope Boys that put me on to people.E&E: Do you ever get scared that the radio may overplay your song and ruin it?Russ: No, I completely want them to ruin all my songs because that means it is a complete smash! Go ahead, play the shit out of it. I’m trying to make my songs all in the club like shit you are born with knowing. Like you are born with the DNA of knowing who Snoop Dogg is.russ1E&E: Have you ever been starstruck by anyone?Russ: Hmmm.. Everyday when I get up and look at myself in the mirror. *laughs*Nah, but ummm… who have I been around that I was starstruck by… No, I haven’t really met anyone big enough yet. I don’t really be kickin it with people like that. We were are the BET awards and that shit was hella normal with DJ Khaled.It is more like you get starstruck if you feel somewhat not worthy or not in the same field. When you are doing all these things yourself, you have a lot of shit to be proud of too. Then it’s like... what’s up? A lot of stars that people might think I may be starstruck by aren’t doing what I’m doing so, who the fuck are you? Know what I’m saying?Definitely going to get starstruck around Eminem, Kanye, DMX and Fifty. The shit I was listening to when I was like seven! You know what I’m saying? I wouldn’t get starstruck from people blowing up now but people you grew up with? Damn.E&E: So, that is what you grew up with?Russ: Yeah, that was my introduction to hip/hop. Eminem, Fifty, all the G-Unit shit. A lot of the hip/hop content, like I didn’t get into Jay Z until senior year of highschool. Obviously, I knew who he was but Jay Z’s lyrics and shit for a seven year old it is hard to understand. High level mental shit. E&E: Do you have any thoughts on rappers like Lil Yachty not knowing what people like Fifty were saying?Russ: Nah I don’t think that is an issue at all. At the end of the day, it is just not from his time. What is he eighteen? He is my lil sister's age. I don’t expect my sister to be quoting Biggie and Tupac. Listening to Kanye is even old to her!Like Drake is gonna be old to people, isn’t that wild? J. Cole, like oh damn those are the OG’s in hip hop now but they got it. They are still new to me. It is all perspective though.E&E: Do you have a get away spot?Russ: The studio.E&E: So that studio time really is an escape for you?Russ: Oh bruh, it is like, put it like this - if you have a habit, or a routine, say you are one of those people goes to the gym twice a day, five days a week, for five years. If you take the gym away from them for four months they are gonna literally lose their minds. Scratching their neck, fiending, they don’t know what to do with themselves.E&:E: So do you find studio time on the road?Russ: That is the other thing, it is hard to do that because I am trying to preserve my voice. I don’t want to be going in at the studio screaming and vibing. E&:E: Portland gets a fair amount of artists coming up from LA to escape for a while.Russ: Portland is fresh as fuck, especially in the summertime. Epic. Amazing.Photos by: TikiInterview by: Johnny, Holly & Tiki