Pop Quiz: Riff Raff


Aidin Vaziri | A lot of people have a hard time taking Riff Raff seriously, what with his intricately detailed cornrows, diamond mouth grills and tattoos that include the logos of BET and MTV. But there’s no denying the Houston rapper (and possible inspiration for James Franco’s character in the movie “Spring Breakers”) has worked hard for his status as a pop phenomenon. He has released a staggering number of songs and videos in his brief time in the spotlight, and now he has a legitimate album, “Neon Icon,” on Mad Decent, the label of respected producer Diplo. Riff Raff is also on his first headlining tour, which stops at the Regency Ballroom next Sunday.

Q: Is it hard to switch off your brain?

A: If I grow an interest toward something, then I become almost addicted with that situation. My mind is always thinking, “What’s next, what’s next?” If I get a yellow Lamborghini, then I want a yellow Lamborghini private plane and then I want banana pudding to match the color outside the plane and then I want Air Force One to match the banana peels.

Q: For all the criticism you get, it seems as if, at the end of the day, your music and videos mostly just make people really happy.

A: I appreciate that. I just make my songs. I don’t consider other people. I don’t have a wife and kids. I don’t have anybody telling me what to do. Maybe when people see me or hear me it’s a little bit of me inside everybody and they wish they could do what they want whenever they want.

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