Anthony Russo on Gambino Mob, "The Mafia Takedown," Cooperating with Feds (Full Interview)
In this VladTV exclusive, Anthony “Hootie” Russo sat down to detail his time as a crew member of the Gambino crime family. After describing his upbringing as a first-generation immigrant growing up in the largest mafia area in the world, Russo admitted that he wanted to be a “street guy” at five-years-old and started selling drugs before his teen years.
As a teenage drug dealer, Russo became affiliated with the mafia and explained why he chose the Gambinos over the Bonnano family. Russo also described a failed attempt at expanding his cocaine operation and explained why he was never a made man. He went on to detail his prescription pill operation and his time behind bars before describing the aftermath of the “The Mafia Takedown,” which was the biggest one-day bust in United States history.
I never heard of this guy until today and seems a standup guy, who I’m going to follow and support his cause. Until I feel otherwise by his actions but he seems sincere and deserves a chance, not a killer, not directly anyway but I’m sure his drug dealings costed life’s, but those customers made their decision’s voluntarily.
“Baseballs bats. Regular street stuff”????
@1:09 “when the immigrants first came here they were frowned upon. Especially the Sicilians. Ya know they would take them out to the swamps and hang them”
Yet Italians are the most racist people, especially to those of color. SMH.
And his hustle is that of POC
U can’t recreate the Irish and Italian culture, and the accent.
Everybody talking bout how they like the mafia guys over the rap guys..lol..all the mafia guys get to the end of their storys and tell how they snitched..great job professional criminal!They created the RAT term..and they wear it very well.
who’s this goon
Hoodie has his own YouTube CH everyone should check him out !
Gosh Ny is loaded with Rats – I like this kids swagger, but man stop snitching.
You guys think he is a rat?
Funny because those 7.5 were going for$ 5-7 a piece back in 2006 or 2007
Nics from over on Bushwick and Broadway!! Lol. Logwood Video,,DeKalb Video,,they had the long yellow bagged nicks over on Cornelia at the door. The jars of Hydro from the Rasta’s over on Weirfeild at the "Health Food Store" lol. The early 90’s Man those were the days!!
I could also listen to them for the most part! Just got to try and "keep that snitching aspect" out the back of my mind! Especially with my Philadelphia mafia and "Skinny Joey" Merlino and the way he went down…I can’t get over how much "snitching" went on back in the day bc they really did fantasized the life and cutting ✂️ the tongue out for that ????
Hootie got on dem Ye’s
Could Play a drinking game with this guy Vlad saying “OK”
Stop Glorifying Rats !!
Why the phuck did he make him take his glasses off and why the phuck did AR listen??
I think this interview, plus Pennisi mentioning Alite at Mafia meetings should put to rest this BS that John Alite was a hang around nobody. John Alite might be a tough guy to like, might do way too much name dropping and the baseball bat sales are fucking ridiculous, but John Alite is a stone cold killer and hit man who was used to do work and did it. John is getting goated in to verbal nonsense. He needs to keep show going and do what he was doing he has great show. Hootie is also amazing and we all could listen to him for hours on end. Which I just did. Lol
This guy is both criminal and master of the legal system ????????????????
This man will look 19 until he turns grey
Scraping the bottom we are!????
That’s pretty amazing at 5 years old he wanted to be a street guy! Who even knows what a street guy is at 5 years old??? Lol
Dead ass accurate , I grew up in the Rockaways in the 80’s a bridge across from Howard Beach. Neighborhoods protect themselves from strangers, unheard of now.
The life may be dead but the people are still alive
Maybe,? But Hootie with no back up ain’t as scary. It’s the unity that makes organizations strong. Triad’s, Unions, twins etc.
I don’t know why you keep saying that…it makes no sense.
Vlad is the best interviewer hands down, he’s not putting himself in the video, he doesn’t have a whole hip hop opening with 3 minutes of him dancing and carrying on like a mamaluke, he has a diverse format of guest’s and topics. He’s going an interview and never tries to put himself in the mix, no gimmicks or nonsense. AND THAT WHAT MAKES VLAD THE BEST OUT THERE, ALL USE GUY’S FROM THE LIFE AND THE STREETS WITH YOUR OWN PODCASTS CHASING THE SAME NUT AND REHASHING THE SAME OLD BEEFS IS TIRED ALREADY AND IDC IF YOU ARE A RAT OR NOT, IF YOU DID YOUR TIME OR NOT, IF YOU KILLLED SOMEONE YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO PROFIT FROM EXPLOITING A BOOK OR PODCAST. I THOUGHT THERE WAS LAW’S AGAINST THAT AND PROFITS WENT TO THE VICTIMS FAMILIES??? AS A FORMER 6 YEAR VETERAN AND POLICE OFFICER, I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE AND YOU SHOULD BE WORKING IN A FACTORY FOR 10 BUCKS AN HOUR, SO WHEN THEY SAY THEY CHANGED, PAID THE PRICE, FOUND JESUS, OR WHATEVER, YOUR FULL OF SHIT. BUT YOUR ALL GREAT STORY TELLER’S AND ENTERTAINING AND THAT’S WHY I WATCH YOU. BUT LIKE JOHN ALITE SAYS, AND HE’S THE ONLY ONE, HE’S A PIECE OF SHIT AND TRYING, AT LEAST TO HELP HIS OWN SON AND OTHER KID’S AND FOR THAT I CAN RESPECT WHAT HE’S DOING, I DON’T RESPECT HIM OR ANY OF YOU. I RESPECT THE COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS AND 9-5ERS, YOU CAN’T CHANGE WHAT YOU ARE AT YOUR CORE. I’M 1ST GENERATION ITALIAN FROM QUEENS AND LONG ISLAND AND BACK HERE AFTER MY 28 YEARS ABROAD SERVING MY COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY EVERY DAY IN AND OUT. I APOLOGIZE FOR GOING OFF, I DIDN’T INTEND TO BUT THERE IT IS.
funny how a guy who not made.. can say that a made guy knows nothin… lol
@Vladtv, that’s a chump move putting words in people’s mouths when it comes to that life… you know specifically what Mike franzese said and you continue to twist and promote the language dangerously… that’s a low life thing to do… you have 5 million subscribers… you don’t need to resort to Bush league tactics for views…
Pauly from jersey shore
Queens ozone park home sweet home????????????
Love these videos
I remember the doctor’s that were put away, the doctor’s that were stripped of their license!!!! The guy who was my grandma’s nurse was family!!! He use to call my grandma his mom!! And my grandfather his dad and when we found her was apart of that drug operation was shocking to say the least!!!!
What he said about immigrants is facts.
"I was trading and selling dart guns, bb guns, baseball cards as a kid"
Most kids were. Stop it. You borrowed your friends toys and they forgot to get it back. You all watch way too much tv.
Grease all snitch
He looks like a snitch
This guy is the least believable mobster that’s been interviewed
Another low level. Alite may lie with everything last breath but at least he is amusing
Usually most gangsters, old timers anyway don’t pay taxes and are not eligible for a social security check?? Lol
Social Clubs are big with these mob guys.
"no one would even trade baseball cards with the guy"
Respect the rules America….that means its laws by the way… I am not sure why we glamorize the mob because the buy expensive suits…as my grandfather who went to WW2 for this country said, " there is no right way to do the wrong thing."
The Feds baselessly threatened Hootie with murders and career criminal because they knew he was the softest of the bunch & he would fold on the actual mobsters ???? ????????????
It’s a very messed up system that has the ability to choose how to lump crimes on whom it pleases.
Is there fucking ANYBODY who does NOT talk to the FBI or cooperate?? ANYBODY??? Interestingly, you don’t see cooperation from, say Russians; Albanians; or cartels. Why? Because those groups actually really will kill you; your family; and anyone that reminds them of your family….
If they only had an arrest warrant they can’t kick the door in… rat doofus ????
Keep making this interviews more pro! ????????