Born as Horst Christian Simco in Texas on January 29, 1982, this rapper goes by the stage name of Riff Raff. This artist began his career in the music industry in 2005 and has worked as both a solo artist and as a member of the rap group Three Loco. Due to his success in music, this rapper now (as of 2019) has an estimated personal net worth of $6 million. So, how did Riff Raff accrue this wealth? Despite now having a successful career in the music industry, music was not something in which Riff Raff showed talent as a youngster. In fact, he was a talented basketball player and was on the basketball team when he attended Hibbing Community College in Minnesota. He did not enjoy college life and dropped out after just one month. He then got a job painting cars in candy colors.
Beginnings of Rap
Riff Raff did not start rapping until 2005 when he began making homemade CDs of his work using the beats of other artists. He then started releasing his songs online, using platforms including YouTube, Myspace, and WorldStarHipHop. This gave him the opportunity to showcase his work and attract more attention to himself. Riff Raff also sold his CDs at colleges and malls in an attempt to establish himself in the music industry. Furthermore, he went on many auditions to try and get himself on television, which he hoped would raise further awareness of his music.
In 2009, producer the Alchemist introduced Riff Raff to Simon Rex, a comedian, actor, and rapper. Rex and Riff then formed a duo called Riff Raff and Dirt Nasty. They then became the trio Three Loco when they were joined by comedian Andy Milonakis.
Riff Raff continued to pursue a solo career as well as performing with Three Loco. He signed with the S.O.D. Money Gang Inc. label in 2011 but left within a year. He then collaborated with Fraud and Bronson to release the music ‘Bird on a Wire’, which was played one million times online within two months. By early 2012, he had released several more music videos and collaborated with some established artists. In July 2012, he independently released the album ‘The Golden Alien, and this was followed shortly after by the release of a mixtape ’Birth of an Icon’.
By this point, Riff Raff’s career had begun to take off and he released more mixed tapes and appeared on MTV in 2013. Also, in that year, he released the singles ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ and ‘Mr. Popular’. He also featured on East Movement’s single ‘The Illest’. Another single he released later that year was 'How to Be That Man’, which was the first single from his upcoming album ‘Neon Icon', which was released on June 24, 2014.
The following year he released a collaboration album ‘Galaxy Gladiators’ with Action Bronson. He also released his solo album ‘Neon Icon’. In 2015, he completed his Vans Warped Tour and Andy Glass, the bassist from ‘We Came as Romans’, played bass for him.
By 2015, Riff Raff was an established artist. He released the single ‘Spaz Out’, which was the lead single on his ‘Peach Panther’ studio album, which was released later in the same year. During this year, he also collaborated on the singles of many other artists. The rapper then expanded his professional horizons in 2016 when he partnered with Stampede Management to found Neon Nation Corporation. This company was set up to invest in music and movie talent from around the world.
Riff Raff continues to enjoy a successful career in the music industry. In recent years, he released the 2018 album ‘Cool Blue Jewels’ and the ‘Tangerine Tiger’ mixtape in the same year. His latest release is his third studio album ‘Pink Python’, which was released on April 12, 2019. This featured guest appearances from Killah Priest, Chief Keef, and J-Dawg. He continues to write his own work and has made plans for his future releases.
Although Riff Raff has made most of his net worth of $6 million from his work in the music industry, an accumulation of record sales, downloads, and tour tickets, he has also made some money from his involvement in the film industry. He has an undisclosed role in the 2019 action adventure movie ‘Sonic the Hedgehog.' This film is directed by Jeff Fowler and was co-written by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller. Starring in this movie is James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, and Natasha Rothwell.
So, how does Riff Raff spend his fortune? He lives in a $2 million Las Vegas mansion, which he has nicknamed ‘Codeine Castle’. He also has a penchant for jewelry. He once posted a video tour of his home on WorldStarHipHop. In the video of his home, Riff Raff showed of jewelry to the value of $500,000.
In his personal life, things haven’t gone quite as well as his career and he has been involved in some legal controversies that have impacted his career and his potential earning capacity. Most recently, it came to light in May 2018 that two allegations of sexual assault had been made against the rapper. The first alleged incident took place in Melbourne in 2013 when a woman says she was drugged and raped by Riff Raff. The second woman then came forward accusing him of repeatedly touching her while making suggestive comments after he had invited her onto his tour bus. Following these allegations, Riff Raff canceled his concert in his tour of Australia and New Zealand.
According to The Fader, a third woman came forward in November 2018 accusing him of raping her at a brothel in Nevada four years earlier. She intends to sue the actor for $12 million. If she wins the case, Riff Raff will no longer have a personal net worth of $6 million.
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Memorable Riff Raff Quotes
- Sometimes I say some things people may think are just outlandish, but I'm going to have the last laugh
- Why would I talk about the past when I got a bright future? What kind of money is the past gonna make me? Everyone wants to know information. Now, if you wanna know information, if you want history, you're gonna read a history book. The past ain't gonna make you no cash.
- I don't view myself from the past present or future tense i like to think of the world from my own personal point of view at whatever time i feel that is relayed to me in conjunction with my well being to progressively grow successfully financially as well as mentally.
- I'm the most underrated, most hated, greatest of all time. I constantly have people who quit their jobs just to go on the internet and try to stop me at any and all costs. People flag my videos thousands of times.
- A lot of people aren't familiar with me, but it's not my job to make people familiar with me. There's millions of artists out there. I'm just gonna do what I wanna do, and if people feel the stuff that I'm doing, then great.
- Cause everything I've done - there's no smokescreen. Everything the people have seen me do, they've literally seen me start from the bottom and rise to the top. So there is no falling down once you've done the stuff I've done.
Written by Liz Flynn
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