Oh yeah, those are my homies. We’re always goin to randomly drop shit. You know? We have other bigger things comin’ out, you know like entertainment-wise. Music is secondary, 'cause we have like TV shows and movies and stuff that are getting scripted.
What type of stuff?
I can’t really talk about it. No, honestly, I can’t. But Three Loco it’s like—it’s beyond the music. The music: we’re gonna randomly do songs. We just did a song a couple weeks ago. You know, we’re always gonna do that. That’s natural.
So RiFF RAFF fans are going to see RiFF RAFF more on TV than we’ve already seen?
Oh yeah, like I have actual shows coming out. Like, not reality shows. Scripted shows, like sitcoms and shit. So it’s gonna be great. Plus workin' with Andy [Milonakis] and Dirt [Nasty], who carry their own, those guys have their own ideas. Those are a couple of guys who like, I can’t predict what they’re gonna do next. You know? Like, I know Dirt has like over a million followers on Vine. Andy is like such a great genius in his own mind, like in the way he thinks and stuff. You never know what he’s gonna do next. And Dirt’s the same way. Dirt is a workaholic! Like, psh, he’s crazy man.
I can see myself from a third perspective. So I know what level I'm on. To be in that elite field of people, it’s just like damn. Top of the food chain.
Those guys, they kinda inspire me. You know what I mean? With their success. I mean like Dirt—people don’t understand, like Dirt Nasty, he’s like, he was a damn VJ on MTV way back, and he’s been in countless movies, you know what I mean? Multi-millionaire. People are like—he’s really slept on. Whenever he drops an album, they’re always like good or quality or funny or whatever the case is, like he’s really a hidden artist that’s constantly, like repeatedly, been successful.
What’s on your iPod right now?
iPod? You meant my iPhone?
I listen to like Violent Femmes, Empire of the Sun, Billy Idol, Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, Madonna. Like I listen to rap so much, when I have time I usually listen to other shit. Little Dragon. I’m tryin' to think of who else I listen to. There’s so many people.
Did you grow up on all different types of music or was it mostly hip hop?
Yeah, that’s why in my songs I sing a lot of the hooks and shit. 'Cause like, certain things that I hear in my mind are a beat. And I might just have a rap beat right there. But if I had other beats—that’s why I like country songs. 'Cause that’s just—that’s in me. But people don’t understand that, so I don’t see how people could call me just a rapper or like “oh you’re tryin' to be this rapper, or da da da.” You haven’t even seen—you don’t even know what my new music is. I mean, I rap songs. Of course. That’s what I do. That’s easy. That given to me. I freestyle, it’s nothing.
You said you’ve been making your own beats?
I made a beat with Clinton Sparks. And there’s another beat I have, I made over in Germany. I made the beat in like five minutes.
Who do you think the dopest rapper out right now is, present company excluded?
Psh, Drake. He’s on it, like he constantly is improving. Every album he has is improving. I mean, I’m not even gonna call him just a rapper, but like Wayne, him too. Man, I can’t just say—I dunno.
So one of the biggest moments of your NYC show was when Action Bronson came out.
Yeah, mean. He’s—psh. Bronson, that’s another person who just on the uprise. Like, man when he does his songs he doesn’t—he remembers all that shit. He doesn’t have the actual song playing. So he does it like memorizes that shit. So that’s work. Then he has like punch-lines and he has a good vocabulary. His shit’s crazy. It’s crazy how I’m around these type of people who are just so, like, so great. So, like, it inspires me. I’m obviously great. You know that I mean? And I know it. I can see myself from a third perspective. So I know what level I'm on. To be in that elite field of people, it’s just like damn. Top of the food chain.
I mean you’ve been in it for a while now. So is it different?
Nah, it’s constantly goin' on.
Constantly improving, man. Everything. You know what I mean? Shit’s crazy. And the fact that I’m not even a rookie yet says a lot. When I drop my album, it’s like, okay, it’s game time. You know? It’s pre-season still. And I’m sellin' out shows in Australia.
Once I drop that album, I’m not droppin' nothin' else 'til I do a video for all them songs. I want all them songs, all them videos to be on MTV.
What’s the craziest place you’ve been to?
Australia was pretty crazy. I was at, I think it’s called the Opera House—the Sydney Opera House. And I sold that out. It’s crazy. I mean I was in France and people didn’t speak English, but they knew the songs. And I’m like damn. So when in the last month I’ve had a couple videos on MTV that’s in rotation. They’ll usually play the Action Bronson "Strictly For My Jeeps," and then they’ll play my "Rookie of the Year 2013." I mean, shit like that is shit you can only dream of. You can’t buy that. That just has to happen.
What do you think RiFF RAFF fans have to look forward to the most? If you had to tell them right now to get amped up about something, what would it be?
Neon Icon, the album. My first big album. It’s gonna be fully produced. Neon Icon. Neon Icon, all day. Once I drop that album, I’m not droppin' nothin' else 'til I do a video for all them songs. I want all them songs, all them videos to be on MTV.
New videos coming out?
Definitely. Every song.