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We’re in an age where major label backing (or a lack thereof) can have no bearing on how well a project is put together. And this just happens to be the case on Color Blind, the latest album by DIEMON affiliate Russ.

As you can see, the bubbling wordsmith is taking a “real name, no gimmicks” approach to branding himself and creating thoughtful tunes. From spitting straight bars to displaying an affinity for melody, the 20-year-old proves that he can entertain listeners — awhile telling a succinct tale based on a real life scenario — over the course of 12 tracks.

Russ describes the project as ” the lack of judgment in love and in life,” a description that resonates throughout and will draw strong feelings of empathy from listeners.

And did we mention that he created this entire LP himself; all of it. Lend an ear to an MC you’ll hear a lot more from soon enough. Enjoy.