Fighting Corporations With Art And Success, DIY Singer Russ Follows Prince’s Mission | MSNBC

Rapper, singer and author Russ discusses music, creativity, business and independent thinking in a wide-ranging discussion for “Mavericks with Ari Melber,” a series of interviews with leading artists, musicians and cultural icons. The two also discuss Russ’ marijuana business and related advocacy; his views on hip hop’s relationship with mafia films; controversies in the music industry from unfair contracts to alleged fake streaming; and several references to Russ’ lyrics also arise over the course of the conversation, filmed in Atlanta. Melber also reports on how Russ’ artistic and business approach extends on the critique and vision of earlier artists, including Prince and George Clinton. (This is an excerpt from an installment of "Mavericks with Ari Melber." The full interview can also be found on YouTube.) (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ).

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  1. Honestly would have never guessed he was white🤣. Brothers gonna hate, with that hair he talking all the women

  2. I do not understand.
    Are you saying not everything in the USA is absolutely perfect and the way it should be and fair and good for everyone?

  3. Shout out to George Floyd on sixteen months of sobriety. It took some tough love but he did it. Say his name liberals🖕.

    1. Shout out to Derek Chauvin on taking one for his team, everytime he is taking a shower. Say his name redhats.

  4. This is how it’s done! Hard work, no labels. The record industry is just another form of slavery. For every cent you make someone above you is baking fistfuls of dollars or there would be no reason to keep you under contract.

  5. Congrats to Russ on his self-made success. If it weren’t for corporations, you likely never would have heard of rap, funk, rock, jazz, swing, blues, or even gershwin or tchaikovsky for that matter. You’d likely still be living in the agoraphobic technophobic Dark Ages under Catholic totalitarianism. just saying. The market is your friend no matter who says otherwise. Incidently, the message presented to you in this video was brought to you by the corporation MSNBC and all of its parent corporations as well as the corporations that made the device you are watching it on… and the corporation that you bought it from, etc.

  6. Ari is so cool, he can handle the toughest political, economic, and social issues better than most talking heads and THEN he does insightful interviews like this that really show the depth of his talent as an interviewer

  7. Russ insists you need to be somewhat “delusional” about your ambition, and people who see him now don’t realize he was always like this — he “got success because he had confidence,” he says, not the other way around…

    Was glad to get the time with him in Atlanta to have this conversation for our Mavericks series. #PeaceofMind

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