XXL: How’s the tour going right now?
Riff Raff: Aw man, just day by day. I don’t want stay I get burned out, but I just zone out and I just go day-by-day and I don’t even look back anymore. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
What’s burning you out?
Just back-to-back doing shit. Just shows and everything. I’m not going to say it gets old, but once I lose interest in something. If it come too easy … I don’t fucking know. I don’t even look in the past. I just keep looking forward. I don’t know what I’ll be doing tomorrow.
You are in a bigger venue this time. You’ve upgraded.
Thank you. Of course, I don’t get nervous and shit. I do arenas and baseball stadiums, whatever. The bigger, the better. I get bored fast.
Your campaign for the Freshman cover has been epic.
I mean, shit. If somebody don’t think I am one of the next top ten people that’s gonna be big, there’s something mentally wrong with you. There’s something mentally wrong and you’ll be lying to not only yourself, but you’ll be lying to the community and lying to society by not having me on a list like that.
You got Neon Icon coming out soon. Is it locked in for next month?
It’s all on Diplo and them [at Mad Decent]. I already did everything I could. The album is done. I got on tracks with all these features, so many features. I did all that. I’m done. If they want to drop the album, drop it. If they aren’t gonna drop it—I mean, I did my work. My verses have been done since December. It’s not even on me no more, it’s on somebody else.
How does it feel to have so many relationships within hip-hop and EDM?
You know, when you have somebody as big as Diplo and Mad Decent, which they are growing also… You look at the Block Parties. All Block Parties. I am part of Mad Decent. If you look at it, it’s growing too. We’re all growing. EDM world is growing. I’m glad to be a part of that. I wouldn’t rather be on a rap label, I’d rather be where I am at. We made a great album. I’m just waiting for it to come out.
You started in this hip-hop world and you evolved from it. Are you at another level now?
I want to be bigger and bigger. I am not just a hip-hop artist. I’m that and more. I am one of the top ten new hip-hop artists. But also, I am one of the top ten new EDM hip-hop artists in that category too. And then you talk about some rocks songs and stuff on there, but people won’t label that until the album drops. They see the different levels of things I go to. Until that album comes out, I can’t really do much more.