I think it’s safe to expect a new drop from Russ every week at this point, as the Atlanta multi-talent has liberated a song or video at this frequency all year. His latest, the Jake One and Mario Luciano-produced “Rather Be Myself,” sees him continuing to stand tall in his own space, remaining free of worries about critics or fellow competitors:
“I play forever dawg, I’m focused on longevity, I try to run my race, and not care about who’s ahead of me ‘cause, comparison is the recipe for depression and questionin’ your integrity, hope I don’t let it get to me but, some days are easier than others, caught up in the numbers, make you greedier than others, so I try to just detach before my ego gets attacked, and starts to plan out its response. and do some shit I can’t take back...”
The accompanying visual for “Rather Be Myself” keeps things fairly simple, as the TeoShotThis-directed clip sees Russ performing the track while showing off his game room, which sees pool and ping-pong tables, a fancy chess board, and some art that pays tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle and other legends that have come before the independent star.
It’s been more than a year since Russ drops his third album SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE, peaked at the top five of the Billboard 200 during its first week out. Following that saw the well-received EP CHOMP, which featured contributions from Ab-Soul, DJ Premier, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, and more.
Press play on Russ’ new video below. As previously reported by REVOLT, March of next year will see Russ back on the road for his “Shake The Globe” international tour, which will land in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Europe. If you’re interested, you can head to Russ’ website to pick up your tickets.