It’s been quite the year for rapper, entertainer, and cultural icon RiFF RaFF, formerly known by the name MTV Riff Raff, and before that the less-obviously-branded Jody Christian. Since last summer, the Houston native best known for his eccentric dress, outlandish antics, and distinctive Texas-infused drawl, has been signed by Diplo’s Mad Decent record label, subject to impersonation by no less than James Franco, and, as of next month, will have released his major label debut album, “Neon iCon,” which will feature appearances from Wiz Khalifa, YG, and Snoop Lion. He’s also been embroiled in a mild racial controversy, stemming from this confrontational interview by Hot 97’s Ebro. After all of that, we knew we had to catch up to RiFF RaFF to get his unvarnished opinion on race, diversity, and the rapidly changing composition of America’s population. If you want to see America’s demographics discussed as they’ve never been discussed before, check out our latest Countdown to 2042.
If you like this interview, don’t forget to subscribe for more like it, including interviews with Timothy DeLaGhetto, George Clinton, and Talib Kweli.