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Fri 6 Jul 17:30 - 18:30


The hardest-working man in hip-hop. There seems to be no limit to the creativity of Russ(ell)(Vitale). Every week between January 2015 and July 2017 the young American of Italian origin posted a new track on SoundCloud, resulting in 87 (!) entirely self-penned songs in a row. There are 16 bonus tracks on his debut ‘There’s Really a Wolf’ (2017). The results of his great zest for work are there for all to see. The album went gold in just four months. His inspiration comes from the greats. As a young boy Russ was drawn to the music of 50 Cent and Eminem, though today his style is more in line with Drake and Kanye West. Belgium is the first country outside of the United States to embrace him, and it has done fanatically. According to De Standaard ‘The American rapper had the Marquee jumping up and down so hard that the wooden floor started coming loose' after his concert at Pukkelpop 2017.

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