This is a transcript for the Russel interview in "Rise of the Ogre", which explains all the details of what happened on the day Russel became the host for the ghosts of his gunned down friends.
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Russel Hobbs - Waking the Slumbering Giant
Russel: My first encounter with Murdoc really was when the bag went over my head. He asked me for some obscure 50's records and, er...I turned around to look for it. I was working behind the counter in Big Rick Black's Record Shack, in London's Soho area. I had my back turned to him for just a moment and that's when he slipped the sack over my head and bundled me out of the shop. It wasn't until it came off that I found myself at Kong Studios and that Murdoc Niccals was my assistant. But the music he played me was good enough to keep me there.
Narrator: Enter Russel Hobbs, the Hip Hop Hardman from the US of A. Born in Brooklyn, NYC, on June 3rd, 1975, Russel was properly raised to be considerate and well-spoken, with respect for those around him. If 2D was the looks, Murdoc the brains, then Russel truly was the heart. While Murdoc and 2D were into music, this dude Russel was a musician, whose knowledge of sound spanned around the world.
Trouble, however, had always followed Russel Hobbs around.