Interview: Riff Raff

What does it mean to “bring the rice out?” Bring the rice out has several meanings. In simple terms, you maximize your potential, you take advantage of everything. You don’t take shit for granted. You go 110 percent. Or, rice could be cocaine. I might fuck myself up commercially by saying this, but I really don’t care because I don’t think people really like me anyway. Like, bring the coke out. Where the rice at? Also like, Random Intelligence Chasing Excellence. See how that spells rice?

Does managing your career stress you out? Is your life stressful? It’s not. I haven’t worked in like five years, so it can’t be too stressful. Nothing’s more stressful than standing, working at a car wash waiting for the next car to pull up, and then all you’re doing is waiting for your next break. The shit that stresses me out is maybe anxiety. Like, Damn, I got this and this and then I gotta do this, and then I gotta fucking check this and get this information to this person, record this song today. So yeah, it’s stressful, but life in general is stressful.

You and Andy Milonakis are friends, and you mentioned Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Are you a comedian as well as a musician? I mean, I’m about having fun. I’m not about what other people say. I’m not about like, this is gonna make you look good, this is gonna make you respected. I care about the here and now. I care about what’s in front of me. Am I having fun or not? That’s all I care about. I just do what I want. If you wanna say that I make music, say I make music. If you wanna say I make bullshit music, say that. If you wanna say all I do is just wake up at two o’clock in the afternoon everyday and just drive around in a van, say that. Everybody’s trying to be more serious and more gangster, but that shit sucks. No disrespect to them, but that’s not the crowd I want. Women in the crowd, people getting drunk and I can see smiles on people’s faces, that’s the crowd I want to be in. Me, Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty have an album coming out, too.

Diplo produced your song “Rice Out.” Will you work with him again? I’m doing an album with Diplo! He hit me up. It was destined for us to start working together. He doesn’t have a net around him. The album might be called Jody Highroller. We have close to 20 songs. Some of the beats are some hip-hop, some are electro house. It’s going to be as weird as the fact that it’s Riff Raff and Diplo doing an album. We’re doing it in the studio, on the spot. And he’s rapping on most of the songs. He raps in the same area as me, we say rap game such-and-such a lot. We’re meeting up today in LA to do some more stuff, and we did a song in Austin at SXSW, where I met Mystikal. So Mystikal is gonna be on that album, and Action Bronson too.

And you’re also working with Harry Fraud? We got a mixtape coming out right before the summer. It’s called Neon Vibes. Harry Fraud’s young and he’s not super professional. We can hang out and just do shit. I don’t always get along with people who are super professional.

Last year you signed to Soulja Boy’s SODMG label. What’s the status of your relationship with him? We’re still friends and we still talk. He put me on. I’m always gonna support him no matter what. I don’t care if we get into an argument. I’m a fan and we have a video about to drop. But I don’t need him to hold my hand. I’m supposed to go with him on this tour, but so much shit has picked up right now. I got all these other shows.

What’s your favorite kind of sushi? I like California rolls, but then I like chicken teriyaki rolls. They aren’t in every place, but also shrimp tempura rolls. Andy Milonakis showed me sushi, cause I never ate it before. At one point in time I was eating sushi like five days a week. Recently, I’m like almost over it.

Do you wear contacts or are those your real eyes? These are my real eyes.

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POSTED April 6, 2012 7:00PM IN MUSIC INTERVIEWS, MUSIC NEWS Comments (8) TAGS: , , , , ,




  1. harmony says:

    this is probably the first riff raff interview where he is coherent and not speaking in tongues. makes me respect him alot more. dude is working hard, and a adequate role model for art students and critics, rich urban suburban hipsters, and piggy bank back pack-drifter misters. all fudge snacks aside, riff raff is carving a name into an always fading facade that is fame. get your fortune cookies.

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  3. Ben says:

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

  4. Nyquil says:

    I fully respect the Raff

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  7. lilrizq says:

    Riff Raff ain’t that bad, some of the stuff he puts out is okay… now look at this music video i edited for my homie.

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