Young rappers have stormed the nation via Soundcloud and are causing a real awakening within the rap community and industry. Names like Lil Pump and Smokepurpp now circulate conversation and cause controversy on what seems like a weekly basis. A repeating issue lies in the fact that both rappers, and ones alike, are frequent users of the drug xanax, and promote it along with lean, or ‘purple drank’, and other drugs. Although many disagree with this sort of thing being inflicted onto already impressionable teenagers, few within the industry have done what they can to put to the trend to rest.
On September 10th someone decided spoke up. After his show, Russ chose to wear a shirt calling out these rappers, and standing up against what they work so hard to spread. As seen in the picture that went along with the caption “After show. Message.” Russ was wearing a shirt that read “How much Xans and Lean do you have to do before you realize you’re a fucking loser.” This shirt was obviously a shot at certain “Soundcloud Rappers” such as Lil Pump and smokepurrp that are exploiting their usage and opinion on the drugs.
At first glance it could be seen as a way the rapper is trying to start a beef to bring in headlines and more listeners, but knowing Russ and hearing him talk in interviews can lead to insight into the real reason he wore the shirt. Outspoken to say the least, the rapper doesn’t hide his opinions or views on anything, even on podcast or radio show. In replying to his own tweet, he addressed the point that he was not down talking the drugs or the people who need them, rather just taking shots at the people who abuse them, and doing what he can to positively influence the youth. Russ had a clear message with his apparel, don’t do drugs because your favorite rapper makes it sound all cool and fun, because as Russ said in his tweet, “your impressionable ass gets addicted”.
Check out one of Russ’ recent tracks that addresses the situation: