Riff Raff (rapper)

Riff Raff
Riff Raff performing in 2011
Riff Raff performing in 2011
Background information
Birth nameHorst Christian Simco
Also known as
  • Jody Highroller
  • MTV Riff Raff
  • Dale Dan Tony
  • Brendan Hallihan
Born (1982-01-29) January 29, 1982 (age 39)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2005–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitejodyhighroller.com

Horst Christian Simco[3] (born January 29, 1982), better known by his stage name Riff Raff (often stylized as RiFF RAFF),[4] is an American rapper.[5] He was originally managed by Swishahouse co-founder OG Ron C.[6] After being associated with rapper and producer Soulja Boy's imprint S.O.D. Money Gang Inc., Riff Raff was signed to DJ and producer Diplo's record label Mad Decent from 2013 to 2015.[7]

Simco was formerly a member of the rap group Three Loco along with Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty, who reunited on his Balloween 2016 Halloween mixtape performing "Bitches in my Driveway". The trio premiered a Christmas parody song, "Ho-Ho-Loco", in the TBS Surprise! Instant Xmas Carol special.[8]

His debut studio album, Neon Icon, was released in 2014 via Mad Decent.[9] In April 2016, Riff Raff announced a joint partnership with Stampede Management and BMG, signing a four-million-dollar artist venture agreement for his own label and production company, "Neon Nation Corporation". According to label representatives, the scope of said agreement would include investments from the joint deal in the areas of musical recordings; publishing; performing musical acts; talent scouting for the territories of the world, and film production. The joint deal fell apart in relation to legal disputes over the publication of the 2012 film Spring Breakers.[citation needed]

In February 2018, Riff Raff announced on his Instagram that he signed to Beartrap Sound owned by singer Blackbear. The deal was for a reported $500,000 along with a Beartrap Sound pendant and chain set with 10 Ct. weight of VS1 diamonds. The announcement also includes an album entitled "Pink Python", released in fall of 2018.[10]

  1. ^ "Exclusive: Riff Raff Wants to Be EDM Justin Bieber". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Platon, Adelle (April 5, 2016). ""Riff Raff Teams with Stampede Management To Launch Neon Nation Corporation Label, Debuts 'Carlos Slim' Single: Exclusive"". Billboard. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Weiss, Jeff (May 24, 2012). "Is Riff Raff Serious?". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference xxl was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Winslow, Mike (June 19, 2012). "Houston Rapper Riff Raff Signs With Diplo's Label". All Hip Hop.
  6. ^ Martinez-Belkin, Neil (August 9, 2012). "Riff Raff, "Bringing the Rice Out" (XXL Exclusive Online Feature)". XXL.
  7. ^ Maness, Carter (May 10, 2012). "Riff Raff Signs To Diplo's Mad Decent Label". MTV.
  8. ^ Goble, Corban (August 14, 2012). "Three Loco – "We Are Farmers" (Feat. Diplo) Video". Stereogum.
  9. ^ Fleischer, Adam (May 20, 2014). "Riff Raff's Album Has An Official Release Date…And A Baby On The Cover". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  10. ^ A, Aron (February 5, 2018). "RiFF RAFF Signs $500K Deal With Blackbear's "Beartrap Sound"". hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved February 5, 2018.

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