If Riff Raff didn't exist, pop culture would have to invent him. Gleefully tipping hip-hop's sacred cows, he's as much a meme as a musician and equally talented at being both. On his official debut, Neon Icon, he pours salt on everyone's game (even his own), chopping up styles like an Iron Chef. "Introducing the Icon" sounds like Run-DMC, while "Kokayne" is built around an electric guitar riff and a punk beat. There's slinking trap throughout, but "Time" is a curiously fluid slow jam. Much of the record scans as an inside joke: What's an "Aquaberry Dolphin"? Or a "Versace Python"? Through it all, Riff dares you to take him seriously: "When I wake up, it's a mystery/Every time I open my mouth? History."
Introducing the Icon
Wetter Than Tsunami
Jody 3 Moons (Skit)
Lava Glaciers (feat. Childish Gambino)
Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz
Maybe You Love Me (feat. Mike Posner)
Aquaberry Dolphin (feat. Mac Miller)
The Bloomingdales At Windshire Palace (Skit)
How To Be the Man
Cool It Down (feat. Amber Coffman)
VIP Pass To My Heart
How To Be the Man (feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall) [Houston Remix]
15 SONGS, 47 MINUTES
JUNE 24, 2014
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