Feb. 13, at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, marked one of emerging rap artist, Russ’, first concerts on his first ever tour, The Real Fans Tour. The 24-year-old from New Jersey began his career by posting songs on SoundCloud in 2011. He garnered little to no fame for the first five years of his SoundCloud activity, but in 2016, his audience started to grow rapidly. With tickets to his concert only $25, and plenty of open space for general admission, this was an easily accessible concert for all his fans. Although he made it on stage almost an hour late, his vivacious persona made up for it and managed to keep the crowd wild.
Not only did he give the audience a flawless performance of many of his most popular songs, but he also devoted time to engaging and speaking with the audience.
“I thought the concert was really fun and the music was great, I loved that Russ interacted with the crowd and made personal connections with everyone,” said Alec Blase, senior.
Russ told stories behind his lyrics, and described his motivation and beliefs. This concert really allowed him to connect with his fans through his music and his words. My favorite part of his concert was definitely when he was talking about believing in himself. He told the audience to never listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t have what you want, “You need to go out, and you manifest it.”
From “Losin Control” to “T’d Up”, he played a little bit of everything. With this being The Real Fans Tour, he made sure to play some of his old stuff to see who the day-one fans are. To his surprise, everyone sang almost every word. Overall, this concert deserves an A-. It was a very well put together performance, one that didn’t feel scripted or over-planned. However, his hour late appearance made it slightly less than perfect.