Neon Icon

Neon Icon

by RiFF RAFF
     
 

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As of 2014, it was still unclear whether Texas rapper Riff Raff was a performance artist or a ketamine casualty freakshow supernova pimped by superstar DJ Diplo. One clear opinion was that he was talentless a-hole who fed on the lowest common denominator of indie hip-hop. For that button-up crowd, Neon Icon will hold no sway, although theSee more details below

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As of 2014, it was still unclear whether Texas rapper Riff Raff was a performance artist or a ketamine casualty freakshow supernova pimped by superstar DJ Diplo. One clear opinion was that he was talentless a-hole who fed on the lowest common denominator of indie hip-hop. For that button-up crowd, Neon Icon will hold no sway, although the ever-shifting music, the endless supply of quotables, and the wonderful mashing of indie beats, oddball lyrics, ICP theatrics, and stadium-party rap hooks beats up on the "talentless" argument hard. Houston drawling like his jaw got busted over a DJ Mustard production of twerking electro, Raff paints a perfect self-portrait with "Here's the white Eddie Murphy," all while "floating through the air, Mary Poppins" in effort to show the listener "How to Be the Man" ("How to be the boss/How to come through with seven coats of gloss"). With Wiz Khalifa drifting along, "Versace Python" mixes Timberlake-on-SNL-styled sexy and the kind of pill-popping psychedelica that fuels Marijuana Deathsquads and such, then Riff and Childish Gambino team for "Lava Glaciers," a good audio guess of what UGK would sound like if the duo loved teapots and shrooms. "Maybe You Love Me" ("Hot like five saunas, my shoelaces are iguana") sounds as if it was stolen from an unheard Harmony Korine and Lady Gaga session, and somehow Mike Posner is blended into this sick and slick wormhole, and while it's nice to think that James Franco is behind it all, the deep-drilling knowledge of Honda hatchbacks, mallrats, Ralph Lauren Polo wear, and Jordans (or "Jawwdinz") suggests otherwise. A Kool Keith and Vanilla Ice mixtape, some blotter acid, and a strip club might produce the same effect, but why take the risk? With Neon Icon it's just as easy to tune in, drop out, and twerk.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2014
Label:
300 Entertainment
UPC:
0863592000090
catalogNumber:
543708
Rank:
18083

Tracks

  1. Introducting the Icon  - RiFF RAFF
  2. Kokayne  - RiFF RAFF
  3. Wetter Than Tsunami  - RiFF RAFF
  4. Jody 3 Moons (Skit)  - RiFF RAFF
  5. Versace Python  - RiFF RAFF
  6. Lava Glaciers  - RiFF RAFF
  7. Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz  - RiFF RAFF
  8. Maybe You Love Me  - RiFF RAFF
  9. Aquaberry Dolphin  - RiFF RAFF
  10. The Bloomingdales At Windshire Palace (Skit)  - RiFF RAFF
  11. Time  - RiFF RAFF
  12. How to Be the Man  - RiFF RAFF
  13. Cool it Down  - RiFF RAFF
  14. VIP Pass to My Heart  - RiFF RAFF
  15. How to Be the Man  - RiFF RAFF

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