Cover Story: Riff Raff, Rap Game Lon Chaney Jr.
Who is Riff Raff? Rap Game Stephen Hawking or 21st-century minstrel? Not so long ago, he was just a huge Vanilla Ice fan from Copperfield who may or may not have graduated from Langham Creek High School. One thing is for sure: the former Horst Simco from Houston's northwestern outskirts -- now a tatted-up, fur-rocking, language-bending rap star on the rise who often swears he's an alien -- is very postmodern.
Photo by Amanda Lopez
Riff Raff has done such a bang-up job of obfuscating details about his background that the lines between reality, MTV-reality, and outright fiction are even blurrier than in a certain Robin Thicke song. But he also has a new album about to drop, Neon Icon, which means he's about to be even more visible. So Ben Westhoff, VMG Senior Music Editor and Music Editor at our sister paper LA Weekly, put on his sleuthing hat and started knocking on doors to get to the bottom of who this Riff Raff character really is; read all about what he found out in this week's Houston Press cover story, "Becoming Riff Raff."
In the meantime, no one talks about Riff Raff quite like Riff Raff himself, so Rocks Off put together a gallery of some of his finest recent tweets and a couple of spicy Vines. All caps if you're nasty. (One last note to our younger readers: the late Lon Chaney Jr. was one of Hollywood's greatest horror-film and character actors from the 1930s through the '60s, best known for his title role in 1941's The Wolf Man.)
i USED TO BREAK iNTO THE GYM AND SHOOT JUMPERS AT CY FALLS ... i NEVER GRADUATED HiGH SCHOOL BUT i ENDED UP BALLiNG AT THE DAM MALL— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) September 11, 2013
RAP GAME JUSTiN BiE"BURR"— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) September 12, 2013
MY WORK OUT CONSiSTS OF FRUiT ROLL UPS & FRED FLiNTSTONE PUSH UP POPS— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) September 17, 2013
THiS AiNT NO MiDDLE OF THE MALL WATER SLiDE https://t.co/ADy8xXiVgh— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) September 10, 2013
iM LAZY UNLESS iTS AMAZiNG— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) September 10, 2013
NEW NEFF NEON iCON RiFF RAFF GLASSES WiTH iNTER CHANGEABLE NOSE PiECE iNCASE YOUR NOSE iS ALLERGiC TO PURPLE : https://t.co/mKR1rUgmsC— RiFF RAFF (@JODYHiGHROLLER) September 10, 2013
@JODYHiGHROLLER you right tho nobody likes you they eitha hate you or they love you cuz u a highroller— LA PiSTOLERA (@KRiiBABiiSTACKS) September 9, 2013
More Riff Raff lunacy on the next page.