Review: Russ made his presence known in Toronto

(By: Nick Baxter)

American rapper Russ lit up the stage in Toronto, that’s for sure. The Danforth Music Hall was sold out on Nov. 7 to see the rapper perform one of the many shows on his Yung God North American Tour. The confidence he carried with him throughout the show made for an electric performance. His belief in himself is ultimately what made his set worth watching, and the crowd was loving every second.

Russ Vitale, originating from Atlanta, GA, now has the world to call home after blowing up in recent months.

After signing with Columbia Records earlier this year, Russ released his chart-topping single “What They Want,” and the rest is history. You can’t blame the guy for being very openly self-confident, even arrogant at times, when he writes, raps, sings, and produces his own songs all while being one of the hottest new artists of the year. Not only that, but the timeline of his SoundCloud page looks like it never ends. The page has gathered over 36 million listens since 2014. This guy is dedicated and proud, and it showed on stage in Toronto.

Russ made it clear to the crowd that he disagreed with the way mainstream hip-hop has evolved. He said a lot of artists are talentless these days and that “real talent and real fans are the only things that are gonna last, and that’s what I have.” His rebellious attitude toward mainstream society seems to be what makes him appealing to today’s youth, and a very young crowd it was at The Danforth Music Hall.

Despite the chip on his shoulder, Russ showed he can also be gentle. In the middle of performing a song, Russ told his DJ to cut the beat and he asked a girl in the front row if she was feeling alright.

Russ then handed her one of his water bottles and made sure she wasn’t too intoxicated.

“Don’t get too drunk guys,” he yelled. “We’re here to have a good time and I want you guys to feel as good as I do up here.”

Russ also emphasized that he did not want anyone fighting at any of his shows. He promoted good vibes throughout the show and that seemed to mix very well with his enthusiastic sound.

Don’t worry; he proved he can slow it down too.

With no opening act, all eyes were on Russ and he delivered. The Yung God North American Tour comes to an end on November 25 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as he finishes the rest of his time on the road in the U.S.

(Header image taken at New York City tour stop via Russ on Twitter)

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