Riff Raff and the Year of the White Rapper

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Riff Raff is misunderstood, and that's completely understandable. His stream of consciousness is more like a river of codeine, and floating in it are fragments of screw-tape freestyles and designer brands.

Neverthelless, Raff had a great 2012 and has put out a final mixtape, called Hologram Panda, to celebrate the holidays. His standout "Riffmas" carol from the tape? "Peppermint Tint," which showcases Riff Raff's falsetto voice as an ode to the down-South tradition of comparing our slabs to decadent treats.

It's a proper ending to a very confusing year for fans of the eccentric rapper originally from Houston, one that saw him go from MTV's From G's To Gents to signing with Soulja Boi's label to signing with Diplo's label, Mad Decent. Plus, he collaborated with hella white-girl rappers.

But that was just the tip of the Icee chain, according to Riff Raff. He's promising two albums with Mad Decent and more major projects coming up in 2013. For now, we'll take a look back on some of his best-worst cuts from 2012.

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"Bird On a Wire," with Action Bronson
When people started calling him the white Rick Ross, Bronson put his shirt back on. Thank goodness, too, because those nips were too much for TV (see: "Typhoon Rap"). Whatever Action Bronson is doing, he's doing it right and representing for gingers everywhere. All he needed was a little (toned down) Riff Raff, and the song took off.


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"Time"
Here's one of the earlier tracks where Riff Raff shows off his singing voice. He also offers up some deep thoughts. Time goes by, it goes on, and it don't stop. This video was shot while he was signed to SODMG, Soulja Boi's label. It undoubtedly helped secure his fanbase...what with all of the shots of him lying on the carpet with his hair sprawled out.


"Squirt," with Lil Debbie
Riff Raff made a few appearances with the members of the "White Girl Mob" (Kreayshawn, her sister V-Nasty, and friend Lil Debbie) and this was -- believe it or not -- one of the better-worst ones.

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