Last Night: Riff Raff at Fitzgerald's
For his part, Riff Raff proved to be a capable and magnetic performer, even if he seemed to be rapping as much to the cameras onstage as to the people on the floor. Though his pop-culture-packed rhymes come from the fantastical perspective of a true outsider to the local scene, the influence of the Houston sound remains readily apparent in his music. It's more Mike Jones than Scarface, sure. But so what? Mike Jones was fun.
As Jody rattled off crunked, weirdo cuts like "Deion Sandals" and "Jose Canseco," the fans up front went bonkers, rapping right along with every word without the barest suggestion of irony. Others near the back seemed to content to stand around and gawk, taking in the full spectacle on display.
Between swigs off a vodka bottle, Riff Raff made a point to introduce Swishahouse MC Lil' Mario to the crowd as one of the local fixtures who'd inspired him to get into the game, and he even passed him the mike for some freestyling. He also singled out another Northside fixture in the building, chop star OG Ron C, who apparently managed Riff Raff at one point.
Then, in the middle of the song "Lil Mama I'm Sorry," an interesting thing happened. A fight broke out up font, and Riff Raff stopped the show, decrying the violence and ordering the offenders to "knock that shit off."
"Ain't no fightin' at my shows," he insisted. "That shit don't impress nobody!"