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Russ Samples Lata Mangeshkar’s Iconic Track For His Next Single

New Jersey’s legendary emcee, songwriter and record producer Russ – real name Russell James Vitale – is gearing up for his next single. Titled ‘Can’t Get This Right’, Russ has revealed that the single is slated to drop this Friday. While the ‘Bornfire’ rapper isn’t unfamiliar with releasing independent Hip-Hop bangers, Russ has revisited 60s Indian cinema to find inspiration for the upcoming track.

The young rapper has revealed that ‘Can’t Get This Right’ will sample one of the earliest records by the legendary late singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Titled ‘Lag Ja Gale’, the iconic record was released in 1964 as part of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for ‘Woh Kaun Thi?’ and remains one of the most influential records of Indian cinema. Produced by Madan Mohan Kohli and penned down by Indian poet and writer Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar was 35 at the time. She had established her stature as one of the finest melodic singers from the subcontinent.

Russ shared a clip where he added chords to embellish and accentuate the sample, chopped it on Serato and added drums. The young emcee previewed the upcoming single in the works too. Check it out here.

Russ has often expressed his admiration for Indian music and performed massive live sets in Delhi and Mumbai in October last year. Amidst his performance in Mumbai as part of the ‘The Journey Is Everything’ world tour, the rapper linked up with Indian Hip-Hop royalty & Gully Gang bossman Divine and rap superstar Emiway Bantai.

Look out for Russ’ upcoming single ‘Can’t Get This Right’ this Friday.

Since you’re here, check out Russ’ finest rap records if you haven’t yet.