In April , Riff Raff announced a joint partnership with Stampede Management and BMG, signing a 4-million dollar artist venture agreement for his own label and production company, "Neon Nation Corporation. According to label representatives, the scope of said agreement would include investments from the joint deal in the areas of musical recordings.
The joint deal fell apart in relation to legal disputes over the publication of the film Spring Breakers. Simco was born on January 29, , in Houston, Texas, to Anita Isaacs, a maid, Ronald Simco, a Vietnam War veteran with severe post-traumatic stress disorder , who worked various jobs, including as a police officer and Walmart manager, his mother grew up in Ohio , descending from a family of German and Lithuanian Jews that included several survivors and victims of the Holocaust.
Riff Raff was the second of four siblings.
He and his family lived in a suburb 25 miles northwest of Houston. Growing up he was obsessed with basketball, playing with other children in his neighborhood. By the middle of the decade, the Simcos had moved to nearby Stone Creek , he attended Langham Creek High School , where he was shooting guard on his school's basketball team, before dropping out in his senior year. Shortly thereafter he obtained his GED. After his parents divorced, his father was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and the family moved to Duluth, Minnesota to get his father out of the heat into a cooler environment.
For a time, Riff Raff and his siblings were shuttled back and forth between Duluth and Houston, where their mother remained.
In , he enrolled at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing , where he played on the basketball team for a month and majored in liberal arts. Feeling out of place, he dropped out in and moved back to Houston, where he painted cars in the in-vogue "candy-colored" style and built his new identity. He relocated to Los Angeles and began to take his rapping career seriously.
Riff Raff started rapping in , making homemade CDs of his rapping over other artists' beats, passing them out at various malls in the Greater Houston Area including Katy Mills Mall, he credited his early influences being Texas veteran rappers Devin the Paul Wall. Riff Raff took advantage of social media on Myspace , YouTube and WorldStarHipHop in late , releasing songs, freestyle-videos, sketch clips, which showcased his talent at slapstick and performance art, he did this with the help of his first talent manager, DB da Boss, whose studio provided recording and video services. You couldn't deny his work ethic," going on to say, "Underneath that shell is a intelligent man.
Like many other artists from Houston, Riff Raff spent much of his time selling CDs at colleges and malls alongside other local talent such at Fat Tony and Freestyle Bully. In an effort to get on television he went on many auditions, including for a part in a peanut butter commercial intended for a teenager, he and his friend tried out for P.
When he learned that he had made the cast for the program's second season, before taping had begun, he got a giant MTV logo tattooed on his neck and adjusted his stage name to "MTV Riff Raff". Though he was eliminated from the series on the second episode, he left an impression on viewers through his extravagant way of dressing and funny ad-libs.
Upon the season's debut in early appearance on the show would garner and immediate reaction to him, catapulted his career; the same year actor and rapper Simon Rex noticed Riff Raff after being shown to him by notable producer The Alchemist. Rex contacted Riff Raff after watching one of his freestyle videos in which he revealed his phone number, soon enough the two became friends and began.
Throughout his career he has been affiliated with rapper Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Gang record label serving as Khalifa's hypeman on tour, his first major appearance was on Wiz Khalifa's song "Taylor Gang". Woods has been on more than 20 tours and has released several mixtapes including The Cookout with Khalifa and the Gangland series.
Woods started rapping as a child with friends using instrumentals for background music. After graduating high school, he attended Robert Morris University as an athlete and grew his passion for rapping. Woods became serious about rap when he met another musician who created and distributed his own mixtapes, he began writing and rapping under the name Kev Tha Hustla. Labs, who collaborated with Khalifa. Woods and Khalifa formed a partnership, which led to the formation of the group Taylor Gang in Woods released two mixtapes, The Corner's Correspondent in and Animal in Production was handled by I.
Labs and Sledgren. In September , Woods released his third official mixtape Pilot Shit. Drink a little bit, smoke a little bit. This tour introduced Woods to Khalifa's mainstream audience. In August , Woods released a mixtape, titled The Cookout. The mixtape received positive reviews from XXL, who praised the production, but mentioned Woods was overshadowed by Khalifa throughout the tape.
However, MTV praised his laid back flow.
In , Woods released a new mixtape, titled Gangland, which consisted of dark material influenced by Woods early life on the streets, the television show Gangland. Gangland, produced by Lex Luger , I. Progressing with each release, Wiz's budding sidekick has shown he can hang high without resting on the back of his co-pilot.
On his latest offering, Gang Land, Chevy flies high and gives the world an in depth look into his life as a Taylor Gang aviator. During the tour, Woods announced that his next mixtape would be titled Gangland 2.
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In , he toured on B. Woods released the cover artwork for Gangland 2 in September Woods released his first retail single "30 Deep" via Taylor Gang in April and announced in September that he would release a retail EP, he made two appearances on Wiz Khalifa's third studio album Blacc Hollywood , on "Still Down" and spoke on the intro to the album.
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Through this, he is able to renew elements from old soul and jazz albums. Known as "digging in the crates", this method is best used to bring the sound and emotion he wants to convey in his music. Rashad began taking rapping in the tenth grade, where he and his friends would record on laptops, he spent the next few years recording at local recording studios. On January 28, , he released his first extended play, via digital distribution.
Cilvia Demo was met with widespread acclaim from music critics and debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard On September 2, , he released his debut studio album, The Sun's Tirade , to widespread critical acclaim. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Isaiah Rashad McClain was born in Tennessee, he was raised by his mother, a hairdresser. One day when Rashad was three, his father left. Rashad had ambitions of becoming a preacher, until his stepbrother lent him a copy of OutKast's ATLiens in junior high, his mindset shifted.
Shortly after, Rashad started spending most of his time rapping. Rashad first began rapping in tenth grade, while he and his friends would record on laptops. After high school, he went to Middle Tennessee State University , his friend who went to school for music production introduced Rashad to a friend who had a recording studio. As it turned out, the man happened to be his cousin and he let Rashad record there for free.
Once his cousin moved on to a different job, Rashad bounced around a couple of local studios, he lived wherever he could record. In December , Rashad begun getting attention from various record labels, most of which he showed no interest in, he released many free singles on Soundcloud teaming up with well known producers such as MF Doom and Flying Lotus , which helped increase his reputation. However, the label did not release an official statement. Over the following months the label and Rashad remained coy about the signing, not confirming anything. However, he revealed.
To celebrate the signing announcement, a music video for a new song titled " Shot You Down " was released, it was his first new song released in over a year.