We’re getting extra hyped for this Saturday with a playlist
Nothing gets us going better than a pre-concert playlist, a collection of tunes that will prepare you for the best show of the month (or year?). It’s filled with personal favorites, setlist staples and a couple of brand-new tracks, all curated to transport you to a concert hall filled with like-minded people. One of the hottest shows happening this weekend is the Manila leg of RUSS’ The Journey Is Everything tour. So to get ready for a night filled with good vibes and even better music, we bring you our playlist.
We can summarize RUSS’ musical journey as a story of endless and tireless hustle. In a span of 10 years, he released 11 albums and 87 songs all for free—until two of his singles peaked at the Billboard Hot 100. The rest was history. That’s why we’re opening this playlist with the breakthrough and classic: Losin Control. Six years later, this track remains a playlist mainstay for obvious reasons, such as the somber instrumental and equally vulnerable lyrics.
Missin You Crazy
The thing about RUSS is that, aside from donning multiple hats in making music, his lyrics can speak to many. This is probably one reason why the rapper has a large and loyal following wherever he tours. If Losin Control has him empathizing with an ex-girlfriend, Missin You Crazy has RUSS looking back at old memories. Best listened to on nights filled with nostalgia and longing, this song will remind you of simpler times.
BEST ON EARTH featuring BIA
More than the pains of romance, RUSS also knows how to drop some sexy songs to get you in the mood. One of the crowd favorites is BEST ON EARTH featuring BIA. The two make an explosive collaboration, thanks to BIA’s hypnotic flow and RUSS’s laid-back but confident bars. It’ll gas you up and make you feel yourself (and maybe even your lucky SO). So for days you need an ego boost, best believe this is the best fit.
HANDSOMER Remix ft. Ktlyn
RUSS has had many collaborations with many other artists—but another iconic team-up of his is HANDSOMER’s remix with Ktlyn. BTW, this song landed them a Gold certification, so the streams speak for themselves. What makes it so addictive? Maybe it’s Ktyln’s sass that balances out RUSS’ overpouring confidence. Or maybe it’s the music video starring Tiffany Haddish and the GOAT, Snoop Dogg. Either way, we’re playing this on full blast on the way to the Mall of Asia Arena this Saturday.
RUSS is a breath of fresh air in the scene, especially since he wields music not only as an art form but as a means to process his own emotions. He’s vulnerable, not only in the heartbreak sense but also in prioritizing one’s mental health and well-being. In an Instagram post, the rapper narrates that he created Last Night as a task from his therapist to summarize the grief he was processing. As he came to terms with change, grieving his past versions and more, RUSS manages to touch many with his music.
Crank up the volume and enjoy the playlist in its entirety right here:
Tickets for RUSS’ “The Journey Is Everything” Tour happening on November 5 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena are still on sale via SM Tickets.
Art Macky Arquilla