Two years since announcing his improbable-seeming signing to Mad Decent, RiFF RAFF has finally returned from the near-dead with an actual album, NEON iCON, premiered today via Buzzfeed. The record is jam-packed with collaborations, featuring Diplo, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mac Miller and Childish Gambino. Most shockingly, Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors collaborated with Riff on “COOL IT DOWN,” one of the Diplo-produced tracks which has the makings of a RiFF RAFF classic, if that’s possible. In a completely different direction is “ViP PASS TO MY HEART,” a Daft Punky collaboration with Los Angeles producer DJA. NEON iCON is interspersed with “skits,” too, like “JODY 3 MOONS,” which is kind of a rap-game Major Tom á la David Bowie going off on a tangent befitting of James Franco’s supposed Spring Breakers riff on RAFF himself. The album’s a name-dropping heap of confusion, and though it’s unclear how self-aware it is, NEON iCON will have you cackling, then maybe um…actually liking it. Stream it below, followed by our 2012 FADER TV interview with RiFF RAFF and his alter-ego Jody Highroller.
Stream: RiFF RAFF NEON iCON