May 08, 2013 2:50PM

RiFF RAFF Is Coming to Sydney (And This Is Why You Should Care)

You'd be a damn fool to miss this hip hop cyberstar live in concert at the Opera House.
Via @jodyhighroller's Instagram

In what is great news for anyone who wanted to be/bone James Franco in Spring Breakers, the guy who his Alien character is probably (definitely) based on is coming to Sydney! That guy being none other than RiFF RAFF — either the most serious human or biggest joke of a human in hip hop.

RiFF RAFF will play as part of Goodgod's curation for Vivid Live at the Opera House. Yes, you read that correctly — RiFF RAFF will be playing at the Opera House. Refer to exhbit A for complete line-up and details:

Because RiFF RAFF is such a complex character, let's break down his rise to internet viral cyberstardrom and why you should be very interested to be at his once-in-a-lifetime Sydney show.

2008
RiFF RAFF begins unleashing DIY videos on the internet. 

2009
Appears on MTV's From G's to Gents.

Gets the MTV logo tattooed on his neck.

2010
Begins to release pro videos, the internet is definitely interested.

2011
Signs to Soulja Boy's label S.O.D. Money Gang Inc.

2012
Starts Three Loco, the self-proclaimed 'Holy Trinity of hip hop', with Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty. They create cinematic masterpieces.

Releases a song with Harry Freud and Action Bronson called 'Bird on a Wire' which hits one million plays on YouTube within months (it later comes in at number #27 on Complex's best songs of 2012).

RiFF RAFF's account gets terminated by YouTube for infringement of user agreement terms, the internet becomes a cold and dark place once more.

Tells Fuse that James Franco's character in Spring Breakers is directly based on him. "The role I would have played would be like a drug dealer, or the friend of a drug dealer, Gucci Mane... James Franco was in the movie, but I was supposed to be in there also. Now James Franco is playing me." James Franco denies this, telling GQ, "Of course Harmony and I looked at some of Riff Raff's videos as inspiration, but he was one of a number of people we looked at." 

Has a mad beef with Soulja Boy, signs to Diplo's label Mad Decent, starts getting noticed for his insane/genius tweets.

Releases his Summer of Surf mixtape, which includes ridiculous lyrics such as, "With tactical airbrushed golden skin, unblemished physique/Rap game Dawson's Creek" (from 'You Never Know') and, "My sandals are perpendicular" (from 'Tatted Like A Biker Boy').

Releases his debut album The Golden Alien, has incredible cover art.

Appears on the cover of Sneeze magazine with Harmony Korine, further fuelling the Spring Breakers controversy.

The internet presents us with a gift in the form of this RiFF RAFF text convertor (it's a great tool to liven up inter-company emails).

Releases a Christmas-themed video which features the ATL Twins.

2013 — The Future

Comments to XXL magazine about the Spring Breakers controversy, saying, 'YOU CANT BE A WHiTE RAPPER WiTH TATTOOS AND HAVE BRAiDS AND COLORED BEADS WiTH COLORFUL CLOTHES & BE SURROUNDED BY WHiTE GiRLS iN NEON BiKiNis & AN ALiEN TATTOO ON YOUR ARM & GOLD JEWERLY & GOLD GRiLL iN YOUR MOUTH AND NOT EXPECT PEOPLE TO RECOGNiZE RiFF RAFF ……….. THATS LiKE SAYiNG iF YOU SEEN A THiN LiGHT SKiNNED DUDE WiTH A PERFECT JERRY CURL iN A RED & BLACK LEATHER JACKET, A WHiTE GLOVE, AND PATENT LEATHER SHOES MOONWALKiNG BACKWARDS BUT NOT EXPECT FOLKS TO RECOGNiZE MiCHAEL JACKSON HAHAHAHAHA. *Court Adjourned…Closes Versace Briefcase and rides Segway to the parking lot with 15 tan golden bronze white girls in bikinis and gets in the Hologram Benz with Harmony Korine."

Releases a video called 'Rap Game James Franco'.

Posts photos of himself with Drake and A$AP Rocky on Instagram. Reveals he'll be working with them, as well as Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, YG, Snoop and Future, on his upcoming Neon Icon album. 

Collaborates with Harry Fraud and Earl Sweatshirt on 'Yacht Lash'.

Someone who is good at life immortalises RiFF RAFF's tweets through sticker form (and you can buy them on Etsy).

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