"You can tell the artists who are prepared to blow up" — Russ believes Tommy Richman is more than just a one-hit wonder

Tommy Richman (Image via Instagram/@tommyrichman.png)
Tommy Richman (Image via Instagram/@tommyrichman.png)

Russ (Russell James Vitale) recently praised Tommy Richman's work ethic and explained why he was more than just a one-hit-wonder.

Tommy Richman shot to fame with Million Dollar Baby, which went viral on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The song broke a record by becoming the first song to stay atop the TikTok Billboard Top 50 chart for five consecutive weeks.

Million Dollar Baby is currently just one week away from beating Mitski's My Love Mine All Mine and becoming the song with the most weeks spent atop the list in its history.

On June 17, Russ explained on X why he believed Tommy Richman would go the distance and was not a one-hit-wonder.

"You can tell the artists who are prepared to blow up vs the ones who aren’t. Move like you know it’s gonna happen."

Russ explains why Tommy Richman is not a one-hit-wonder

Russ Vitale (image via Instagram/russ)
Russ Vitale (image via Instagram/russ)

Russ is very hopeful about the success of Tommy Richman's upcoming debut album COYOTE and believes in the newcomer's "urgency" in capitalizing on his moment and not letting it go like many other artists.

In an interaction with fans, the rapper cited the ability to be decisive as one of the key factors in making it big in the industry.

"He’s moving with a sense of urgency and capitalizing on momentum unlike a lot of artists who catch 1 song and parade around for a year and then miss their moment, Kudos to him and his team," tweeted Russ.

He also commented it is easy to understand which artists are ready to 'blow up vs the ones who aren't.'

Mary J. Blige And WanMor Celebrate At Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace)
Mary J. Blige And WanMor Celebrate At Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace)

Russ' comments have come right after an audio clip of Funkmaster Flex went viral where he slammed Tommy Richman and criticized the people who were praising Million Dollar Baby. During a gig at New York's Hot 97 radio station, Flex commented:

"If you’re someone that likes this song, you are a clown. This song… I don’t know what the rest of his songs sound like. I don’t even know who Tommy Richman is. Sounds like a shoe store. Now we’re gonna document this hot garbage. We’re gonna play it now, I know you want to hear it. I wonder if this is big in the club."

The 56-year-old even turned the song off when it played for the second time in the show. According to Flex, the song sounds like someone made it on a casino machine.


Richman's Million Dollar Baby continues to be one of the most viral songs in recent times and has already amassed over 372 million streams on Spotify. His newest release, DEVIL IS A LIE, has gotten more than four million streams on the platform at the time of writing.

Edited by Pradyot Hegde
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