Staci Russell
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Staci Russell

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Austin, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2017
Band R&B Hip Hop


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"Austin Chronical"

One of those shows was April's Ladies Night at the Scoot Inn, co-organized with AustinSurreal's Matt Sonzala and featuring Jean Grae, Invincible, Staci Russell, Latasha Lee, and Eyeris. Grae, of course, spit an insanely good set, and Invincible, a young MC from Detroit, lived up to the buzz around her whip-smart LP, Shapeshifters. But it was native Austinite Russell who seemed to come out of nowhere, all gospel voice and swagger. Lavezzari remembers randomly seeing her perform a year ago.

"The song I heard her do was 'Holla,' and I looked 'round, and there are niggas and girls dancin' to this song," she laughs. "So I asked Gerald G, 'How can I get a hold of her?' Then I put her on a show. I compare her to Mary J. Blige, y'know? She's got this beautiful, soulful voice, but she puts a hood twist on it. She can do R&B, flip it, do rap."

The 21-year-old Russell just released a mixtape, The Diary Part 1: In the Spotlight, a CD/DVD combo out via Houston's Game 101 Magazine, and Houston's Z-Ro is about to remix one of her tracks, "Spotlight." There's a certain hood charm to Russell, who started singing in church at age 4. Take her single "Holla," a pro-ladies night ode to the brush off: "Doin' my own thing, don't get me wrong, baby. Don't bother running games, 'cause I don't need you buying me drinks." Then "Hang It Up" brings more of that Blige soul, showcasing her church-bred voice, which easily lends itself to country and blues as well.

This Time Just the Girls
"I would equate my style to gumbo because I have a little bit of this and a little bit of that from all around the world," she says. "Now, myflow is Staci muthafucking Russell. I approach everything like a beast."

Then she points to something essential for all ladies if this scene is going to move forward: "My message, it's me expressing the negatives I've encountered in life and still being able to live positive."

It's essential for all women in the genre, since females have the double duty of trying to fit in with the men and transcending that role, and it doesn't help that an increasing number of rap songs have become Seinfeldian in nature: The ones about cars and cash and ass are essentially about nothing.

"You gotta be lyrically inclined to do this," Lavezzari relates, rolling off a list of other Austin talents, including Latasha Lee, who works with Carnival Beats; Miss Prissy; Raphina Austin; and Queen Deelah. "I go out to see a lot of hip-hop, and if there's a woman on the bill, I'll stay just to see what she's about. We've definitely got some females here. They just need to be seen and heard." - AUDRA SCHROEDER

"Warehouse Live"

Houston tx, Sep 30, 2015 - Afton shows


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Staci Russell, who hails from Austin,Tx has been singing since the age of 14. She first started out with Carnival Beats led by owner Salih Williams, Then at age 16, she was in a group called "PICK YA POISON" with Y2JJ & Mr. Fitness. They would wind up producing her first hit single "Holla" that opened up everyone’s eyes and made them wonder who the hell is Staci Russell.

With her angelic, raw hitting vocals, it’s sometimes a mystery what kind of track she will drop next. She can sing like a canary while at the same time dropping bars over a beat. She is simply the southern version of Mary J Blige.

Austin Texas’s "Queen Of The South" has been featured on tracks for artist Chalie Boy, Chamillionaire, Zro, Magno and more.

She has opened up for many platinum selling artist like Ice Cube, Crime Mob, & UGK just to name a few. Staci is now part of a non profit foundation called "CAKE" (Creativity, Abundance, Knowledge, Elevation) that is working to empower women and girls through music.

She is also working on her new album at The Beat Kitchen with TP3 which will be dropping soon!!!

Twitter: @IAmStaciRussell


Staci Russell - HellenKeller

Staci Russell- I’m Ova You

Z-Ro ft. Staci Russell - Top Notch (Remix);=PL50267BC925DEAA5B


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