Anyone familiar with Riff Raff’s music “career” has most likely asked the question “is this guy for real?” Well this question is not easily answered due to his unwillingness to speak about his past and the lack of information about him anywhere online dating before his 2009 appearance on MTV’s G’s to Gents, a reality show hosted by Fonzworth Bently (P-Diddys real life butler) which he was a contestant on. After his short roll in the reality series, RIFF gets MTV tattooed on his neck, renames himself MTV Riff Raff and decides to take on rapping which he claims he has never done before. He released his first mix tape ‘the Texas tornado’ in 09 and five more mix tapes within the next year, gaining him a spot on worldstarhiphop.com (which he gets tattooed on his shoulder). This eventually got Soulja Boy’s attention who then signed Riff to his label SODMG, Riff goes on to get SODMG tattooed on him and changes his name once again to SODMG Riff Raff, just to have the label drop him shortly after. A lot has happened to Riff Raff since, he changed his name once again to Jody Highroller, got signed to Diplo’s record label Mad Decent, formed a rap group ‘Three loco’ with Actors/comedians/”rapper’s” Dirt Nasty and Andy Milonakis and was portrayed by James Franco in the movie Spring Breakers.
Riff Raff is a very interesting character who keeps you wondering is this guy a genius that will not break character, is he playing a big joke on us all? Or, is he a very confused individual with a super messed up past that he wants to keep a secret? He keeps himself a mystery to everyone. So what do we know about Riff Raff? This is all i could dig up:
-His real name is Horst Christian Simco (born January 29, 1982) but he changed his name to Jody Christian
-He was born and raised on the north side of Huston Texas but was back in forth between there and Minnesota due to some petty theft under $500 charges
-He’s claims to be 27 years old but is actually 31 according to several other sources
Since there are no pictures of RIFF RAFF taken before the before his appearance on G’s to Gent’s here are a few pics of his family to give you a good idea of where he’s from
Whatever his mysterious past is it will remain unknown for now and I think it’s for the best. This world needs a Riff Raff, a witty, fun loving clown who will do anything for attention and will put himself out there for everyone to judge and question, all in the name of entertainment.
Check out this great Nardwuar VS Riff Raff interview