Paul Russell press photo

Celebrate This Moment: “Say Cheese”with Paul Russell

Paul Russell is a rising LA-based rapper/singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. Not too long ago, he released a lovely music video for his “Say Cheese” single via Arista Records.

Paul Russell – “Say Cheese” music video

“I wrote ‘Say Cheese’ on my birthday, a couple of weeks after I quit my job and started traveling the world as a full-time artist. The song is meant to feel like a celebration – of life and of the fact that anything can happen. Take more photos so you can treasure those moments forever. So, ‘Say Cheese!’” – Paul Russell explained

Paul Russell’s signature feel-good vibe is written all over “Say Cheese,” which finds the charismatic rapper in Hollywood walking with a dip. He tells someone he calls, Baby, “Fall in love, why don’t you make me? You want a picture then say please.” With 459 unread messages in his phone, Paul adds, “Your ex get cropped if he ever in the pic.”

“Say Cheese” follows Russell’s highly acclaimed, Arista Records debut single, “Lil Boo Thang,” which has been streamed over 250 million times globally.

Paul Russell – “Lil Boo Thang” Music Video

Built around an interpolation of “Best of My Love” by The Emotions, “Lil Boo Thang” lit up TikTok and Instagram to the tune of tens of millions of views. To date, “Lil Boo Thang” has been performed live across the world including appearances on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, France’s NRJ Music Awards, and more. On the radio end, the song landed at an impressive #5 on Top 40 Radio and was the #3 most-played song across all radio formats in 2023.

Paul Russell

Paul Russell press photo

Paul Russell learned how to wail on trumpet in between spitting bars during lunchroom battle raps and later crooning over the ukulele. His musical DNA is just as wildly dynamic as his personality is. During his time at Cornell University, he often DJed at parties. As such, he knows how to get a party popping.

Paul Russell - “Say Cheese” photo

A wide swath of inspirations—from Anderson .Paak and OutKast to Louis Armstrong—impacted Russell’s creative trajectory. He gained traction with a series of early uploads and went viral a few times when he released the independent anthem “Hallelujah” followed by “Ms. Poli Sci,” which generated over 37 million overall streams to date. Russell best describes his boisterous rhythms, ecstatic hooks, and a buffet of R&B, funk, pop, and hip-hop as “cookout music you listen to outside with a bunch of friends.”

Paul Russell – “Say Cheese” single

Paul Russell - “Say Cheese” cover art

We recommend adding Paul Russell’s “Say Cheese” single to your favorite contemporary rap playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, That’s All Folks! Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment – the hot spot for new music and positive entertainment news. Always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E). Contact us on social media via Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, and let us know what’s going on. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, support our merchandise, and become a Patron of Bong Mines Entertainment. Disclaimer: This post contains Apple Music affiliate links. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our site. That little compensation will be used towards keeping this website up and running.

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