You’d never guess that one of this year’s breakout rappers, Russian Roulette, is a mere 20 years old. He speaks with the candor and maturity of someone who has been in the music industry for several years.
His struggle with getting clean and sober was real, and he credits music for saving him from the throes of addiction. “I was not creative at all when I was using. I didn’t care about music, all I cared about was getting high.” He got his memorable name from his best friend who said he was playing Russian Roulette with his life. Adorned with tattoos, one being a very noticeable pistol on the side of his head, and hailing from Russia, it seemed like the perfect fit.
Rapping with a vengeance and coming out strong. RR is unafraid to tackle tough to handle issues and he never holds back. You won’t hear him talking about apple bottom jeans, or boots with the fur. He covers not only addiction, but other pressing issues about adoption and abandonment.
The thing that makes him stand out is his plan to expand Recovery Recordz with business partner David Atticus. A website and and record label, which title speaks for itself.
“Recovery Recordz is for people who went through something, not necessarily drug or alcohol related, and came out of with something positive they learned from their experience.” RR says of this new venture. His goal is to help young artists who are struggling to be heard, RR has becoming increasingly frustrated with certain aspects of the industry. With what sells, and with what doesn’t.
“I don’t give a fuck if you like me or hate me.” He says unabashedly. “I’m going to speak the truth. What’s selling is fake. There’s no passion. Some artists have millions of fans online, but they’re not getting any message out there. Then you’ll see someone with 2,000 followers on social media that has something very important to say. People are often given voices based on assumption.”
Inspired by many musicians, notably Eminem aka Marshall Mathers, who happened to celebrate his 10th year of sobriety this past week. RR sees his own future loud and clear and wants others to have the same healing experience that he’s had, and as far as he’s concerned music is what has helped him stay clean and sober, and stay alive. Music takes him out of his head. He wants to spread his message and pay it forward.
“Everyone is in the same boat. With Recovery Recordz I can provide a platform for artists who have something important to say.”
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy the spotlight. With his endeavors going in the right direction, it’s only normal to enjoy basking in the glow of his much deserved success which only seems to be growing. He revels in the little things, and he can’t help but get excited when he finds himself on a search engine. Recognition is a pretty fantastic feeling.
“It’s the coolest thing in the world, I understand it’s a fake high. I come up on Google and that’s pretty awesome.”
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