Meet Dangeruss, the Rapper Who Actually Inspired James Franco's 'Spring Breakers' Character

Meet Dangeruss, the Rapper Who Actually Inspired James Franco's 'Spring Breakers' CharacterJames Franco and Dangeruss

On Dangeruss’ appearance in the film:

"We have a scene in the movie where we’re on the beach. And they had a stage set up out on the beach, and they had five hundred people out there, extras. And James and I are singing the song together. The scene is him and I, we’re kind of going back and forth on the song, he had the first verse, I had the second verse. We ran it all day, we probably did like forty or fifty times we sang the song, you know what I’m saying. And it was crazy because we had the earpieces in. So the crowd, they couldn’t hear the actual beat. All they heard was us singing. We could hear the beat in our earpieces. So it was kind of strange, but it worked, you know. That shit worked."

On Riff Raff claiming credit for the character:

"I heard about it. My initial reaction was...See, the way James’ appearance is in the movie, you can’t really dispute that that’s kind of Riff Raff’s style. Had it been based on me completely, 100%, James wouldn’t have dressed like that. He dressed kind of strange in the movie, for me, for my liking. He’d have looked a lot cooler if I would have had a part in that, which I believe I could have, but I didn’t take the initiative to say, “hey, don’t wear that goofy-lookin’ shit,” you know what I’m saying. As far as—you know, he got the braids, I got dreads, I got big dumb dreads, dreads is a whole—you know, dreads is a lion in the jungle type shit, he had braids, which is like a deer. His appearance, I can’t take credit for that, and I wouldn’t want to.
"But his actual character, as far as being a gangster, i told him a lot about how to do that. I’m like, look: You tote guns—I had a gun on me at the time when he was hanging out with me, you know what I’m saying, I keep one on me for my own personal reasons, you know, as far as how shit go in the hood and this and that. Just the lifestyle. Stuff like that. And like I said, I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t know exactly what the outcome was. Riff Raff had no part in the movie at all, as far as I know. The only thing that I can say that that character played the part in was maybe Harmony Korine used his appearance, his clothes and shit, but other than that, i know for a fact that he had no parts in the movie, he didn’t speak to anyone about the movie, he had nothing to do with it, you know what I mean. Gucci Mane said that, in a recent interview I was reading, Gucci Mane even said that. I know for a fact that he ain’t have nothing to do with the movie itself. He had no parts in the movie, he had no say-so. The most credit he could get is saying, you know, this dude is dressing like me. Which to me, I don’t understand why they would even want him to dress like that."

On meeting co-star Gucci Mane:

"Gucci Mane probably one of my favorite artists ever. I was rocking with Gucci back when he was not even—people didn’t even like him. Back before he came out with “So Icey” and all that. I was always a fan of Gucci because I could relate to what he was talking about, and I could tell it was real, you know. So I was always a big fan of Gucci. I met him at Hollywood Nights, the strip club for a scene that they did. I didn’t get a chance to really talk to him too much. I wish I would though, but I’m not a groupie-type of dude, I’m not gonna be all on a dude’s nuts, just trying to be all, “hey your music...” and everything, I approach him like he’s in there, the man. I got to speak with him for a couple seconds. Like I said I’m not a groupie type of guy. As much as I like his music and I would love to work with him, it’s just me, man, I just can’t be all up on him. I’m a big fan of Gucci Mane, he’s one of my favorites ever."

On the neighborhood’s response to his growing profile:

"It’s all 100% love, man. I could call 50 real street niggas right now and they’ll tell you “boy that’s my nigga, Dangeruss, man I’m proud of that nigga,” you know what I’m saying. I get posts on Facebook when I post something, you’ll see comments, “hey man, the city proud of you, cuz,” and these are certified street gangsters, man. I’ve received no hatred at all. Because everybody that know me, they know that I’ve dealt with everything that they’ve dealt with, and then some. Because I had to earn stripes that some of these dudes ain’t have to earn.
"There was a point in my life when I was young, when I felt I had to prove myself. I’m talking about 13 years old. And I really probably didn’t have to. But I chose to, just to let these motherfuckers know, hey this shit is for real, man. You know what I’m saying? So from a very early age I established that I was certified. And for anybody that knows me personally will tell you that everything is 100. There ain’t no cuttin’ corners. And I don’t think anyone would be foolish enough to hate on me publicly, knowing me. And knowing the people that associate with me. I’m sure there’s people that might be undercover hating, I don’t know. But if they are, they have enough intelligence to keep it to theyself.
"Because like I say, man, I put in work, I’ve received probably as much if not more harassment from the police, for being me. The police don’t like me because I’m a white guy in the hood. I can get pulled over all the time, just for driving. I done had my car torn apart for nothing, for nothing. Just torn apart and then they don’t find nothing, and then they’re like, “alright, go ahead.” And I’m like, what about my car, you done torn my car to pieces! You ain’t gon put the shit back together? So everybody understand that I’ve done been through it all.
So everything is love, man. I get a lot of love, a lot of respect, a lot of love, man. If anything, I’d say that they happy, they happy because they know that if I was to make it, then I’m going to give back, I’m going to put the city on, I’m not going to disappear and get a bunch of money and forget where I come from. And they understand that, and that’s why they support me. And they push me. They share my interviews that are online. The shit’s all love, man. All love."

On concerns about the film’s quality:

"I can’t lie. There’s a part of me that believes that it’s not going to be as real as it should be. A lot of it has to do with the way he was dressed in the movie. You would never catch a gangster dressing like that. And the way he talks in the movie, you can kind of tell it’s not real, it’s not authentic. Harmony Korine could have found me and put me in James’ role. I love James Franco, that’s my dog. He called me the other day, two, three days ago, he called me, just checkin’ up on me. I love James. But if Harmony wanted that real, Harmony should have came and when he found me, he should have been like, you know what, tell James I’m gonna get him on something else, we need this guy. I think Harmony knew that. That’s why he wanted me to be a part of it so quick.
"But if I had more time to really school James on that shit, I feel like it could have been better. So yeah, I do have some concerns about that, because I told him what to do, I told him how to do it, but I wasn’t there to be like, naw, that ain’t right. Here, this how you do that. And have him do it. So when I get credit for his actual character, I kind of have to take a blessing and just hope he listens to what I told him. Because like I say, I wasn’t at every single shoot to be like, “hey James, we don’t do that. We don’t do that." [laughs].
"But I have faith. I have faith in James, I have faith in Harmony. I think it’s going to be a good movie. I don’t take nothing away from the movie. I believe it’ll be a great movie. But as far as the question, yeah, I have mixed feelings. I just hope for the best, because, you know. We’ll see what happens."

On how things have changed for him since the film:

"There’s been a couple of articles, ten to twelve articles online. Every couple days I’ll google it, Dangeruss, Spring Breakers. And some of them are good, some of them are bad. You’ve got the Riff Raff fans out there, they fully support him, you know what I’m saying. They’re badmouthing me. They don’t know me, so I don’t take offense to it. Like I say, my views on YouTube have jumped. They say any exposure is good exposure. I don’t believe that 100%, but there is some truth to that, you know what I mean? So yeah, it’s definitely been a lot of ears that have heard my name. A lot of mouths that have talked about me. I’m fortunate for it and I appreciated it. I still do. I just hope for the best, you know? I just hope the right ears can hear me. And I can take off."
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