I tried posting the audio earlier today, but the file was too large, and there wasn’t anything uploaded on Youtube yet. Then Riff decided to release this fucking ridiculous Christmas-themed video for one of the smoothest songs he’s ever been featured on. I mean really, what can I even say about this? I want to shed tears of joy.
Jody Highroller’s long-delayed collaborative mixtape with Dame Grease, the producer who crafted some of the best New York rap records of the last twenty years with everyone from DMX to Max B, has finally dropped. Hologram Panda maybe the most focused full-body of work Riff’s ever done, and songs like the above track (which employs a Manson-esque hook), as well as mixtape standout “Peppermint Tint”, find Riff exploring new sounds while still keeping his trademark absurdity. Download Hologram Panda here
my homie Adam and his cameraman Chris Longs caught up with Riff Raff last week for a new music video for a Cisco Adler-produced banger which should be dropping soon. This is the behind the scenes footage where Riff Raff explains some of the lyrics behind his classic “Freestyle Dentist”, and also does some bunny-hops. In case you were wondering, yes, Riff Raff is totally insane. Look for that video on No Jumper
“here we go again in my life all alone again I got no wife/I got no kids no one to come home to, no one to cook for me and when i’m sick, it’s a catastrophy my days are slow, and my nights are cold and to go asleep, i gotta keep this TV on my ex still call me private she ask me if I’m doin’ fine but she has a daughter (how am I gonna be fine if the baby ain’t mine?)”
Riff Raff SODMG & Soulja Boy - Versace Bentley (SODMG, 2012)
To combat the rumors of Riff Raff’s SODMG allegiance being a hoax, it appears that Soulja Boy has finally decided to start recording with his most valuable asset. Versace Bentley is the first in the line of many songs scheduled to come about as a the result of this new union, and a joint album, Freestyle Heavyweights, is in the works. Maybe Soulja can help Riff Raff focus? That’s all that Riff is really missing right now.
Versace Bentley is obviously freestyle, but both sound good. Hearing Soulja’s quirky adlibs run over Riff Raff’s rap is a bit awkward, but entertaining enough. The minimal beat allows for Riff to flex heavily. Soulja is hot like Pensacola.
Riff Raff and his good friend Kid Sister hooked up once again, this time for one of the best Christmas songs ever conceived on Kid Sister’s label. Gathered around a mall Santa, Riff waxes scriptures of Johnny Bravo and Herman Cain, with his baby Jesus swag turnt to the max.
Riff Raff SODMG - Golden Streets (Riff Raff Records, 2011)
Undoubtedly one of the standouts from Riff Raff’s uneven, unfinished Sour & Gunpowder, Golden Streets finds Riff at his most somber (and sober, I take it). The depressing vibes this song gives off were immediately evidenced the moment that beat kicks in, and the “life of a hustler, life of a player” chorus is said in such a downtrodden manner that Riff Raff has never expressed before. It’s really strange to hear Riff Raff’s inflection change so drastically, and that’s why this song just hits so damn hard.
Like Gucci’s Neva Had Shit, when an artist who is traditionally known for little more than being a goofball suddenly gets serious and kicks knowledge, it connects so much thoroughly than artists who spend the majority of their career making tracks in the same vein. Golden Streets shows that Riff Raff is capable of being a character with more dimensions, despite the fact that he chooses not to. Which makes it all the more interesting, because frankly, why doesn’t he?
Again, Riff Raff’s name is listed as “MTV Riff Raff” in the beginning of the video. Can Riff Raff just stop this SODMG charade and sign with Mad Decent? Diplo has his interests in mind far more than Soulja does.