"Who Bob Dylan?" Outtakes From Our Riff Raff Cover Story
Our feature profile on the rapper Riff Raff, published last week, still has the internet doing a collective OMG. Tracing his story from childhood days in a tranquil Houston suburb through community college in northern Minnesota through a rapid ascent in hip-hop (with each step documented by a hastily-obtained tattoo), it's a Gatsbyian tale of a man who has been completely absorbed into his character.
Cover image by Amanda Lopez
Riff Raff himself didn't like the piece -- in a flurry of direct Twitter messages he called this writer a "SNAiL" and insisted "YOUR BODY & MiND COLLECT DUST" -- but it has been extremely well-read, making sense of a cultural figure who is as controversial as he is entertaining. Ahead of the print edition of L.A. Weekly, which drops today, and which features him on the cover -- yes, despite his concerns when we interviewed him, Riff Raff made the cover -- here are some of his most hilarious and oddly-poignant quotes that didn't make the story.
On how he deals with adversity:
"When you have people saying that you're lying or doing this and that, and staying against you, you have two choices: You can either fall under pressure or you can use that as fuel to the fire. So now I'm like a damn Amazon forest but just caught on fire so it's like you can't just throw water at me and put me out. Thats some bullshit ass water right there. It's not that easy."
On the book he said he was working on with Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine:
"It's not happening."
"You have to ask [Korine], I've been lied to so many times."
Do you wish it were happening?
"Yeah of course. I'm sure everybody would've. But when you're dealing with shady people then, you know, you can't get too far."
See also: Our Riff Raff slideshow
On a book he's really coming out with:
"It's not an autobiography. It's um...it's a book. So whatever it's about you'll have to see."
Is it fiction or non-fiction?
"It's not a fiction book, it's whatever I want it to be. It's about whatever I think about. It's like my diary. Like Twitter is like my diary. So my book is like...a diary. It's whatever I talk about. It doesn't have to be anything I don't want to, it doesn't have to be about the world, it doesn't have to be anything, it can just be things that I'm thinking about. It's my world."