If anyone that doesn’t know of Russ he’s (according to the internet) one of those artists that people love to hate. Some internet trolls claim him to be corny and annoying at times outside of the good music he makes. They feel he can be a little too preachy at times and that his messages tend to fall on deaf ears. Despite all the negativity that comes Russ’s way he doesn’t let it distract him. This weekend, he will be featured in an episode of Joe Budden’s “The Pull Up.” In one of the teaser videos to the episode, Russ and Budden have a deep exchange regarding the black youth and their current position in the music industry.

After the video was released Russ took to twitter to express his point of view on the subject further.

“The industry, owned and ran by white people, uses young naive financially desperate black kids to perpetuate negative black stereotypes that in turn hold back & further destroy the black community. Black kids are being used as weapons of mass destruction against their own people. As a guest in the house of hip hop, I can’t just come in here and take take take…which is what white people historically do to anything black created. I have to give back to the culture that’s allowing me to take care of myself and my family. I try to do that by shedding light. On music business pitfalls to avoid/other things that I’ve learned that I feel could benefit anybody who’s tryna navigate this industry. I know a lotta time the “how” is harsh, but I want everyone to win on their terms and not get swindled and I hope y’all get that.”

Stay tune as the full interview will air via YouTube this weekend on Sunday at 11AM EST.

What do you think of Russ’s comments do you think the music industry is taking advantage of the black youth?




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