American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and author from Atlanta, Georgia, Russell James Vitale, better known by his stage name Russ, has released his new album, “CHOMP 2.”
Born September 26, 1992, he is best known for his singles “What They Want”, “Losin Control” and “Best on Earth”, which peaked respectively at number 83, 63 and 46 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Russ’s early inspirations were G-Unit, 50 Cent and Eminem. He produced beats for around six years before he attempted to record himself rapping.
Russ is known for his songs being produced, mixed, mastered, engineered, written, and performed by himself. Most of his songs contain hip hop and R&B elements, while combining rapping and singing on the hook. His style has been described by Uproxx as a “raspy, hardbody rap flow, and lilting, almost drunken singing voice”.
After signing to Columbia Records, Russ released his twelfth studio album, There’s Really a Wolf, on May 5, 2017; it debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200 and number four on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
On April 18, 2018, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 1,000,000 units in the United States.
Russ released his thirteenth studio album, Zoo, on September 7, 2018, which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200. On November 12, 2019, Russ published his first book, It’s All in Your Head. On January 31, 2020, he released his fourteenth studio album, Shake the Snow Globe, on Russ My Way Inc/Columbia Records. It peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard 200.
On June 30, 2020, Russ announced that he completed his deal with Columbia Records and is now an independent artist. On November 17, 2020, he released an EP titled Chomp. It features guest appearances from Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Benny the Butcher and Ab-Soul, among others.