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Rapper and MTV star Riff Raff comes to Stage West in Scranton on March 19

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From a press release:

Riff Raff, who went from an appearance on MTV reality show “From G’s to Gents” to working with influential DJ/producer Diplo and collaborating with some of the biggest modern rappers, will take his Cranberry Vampire Tour to Stage West in Scranton on Thursday, March 19.

He previously performed in Scranton as part of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.

Opening acts are TBA. Doors at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) open at 7 p.m., and the 21+ concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $20 in advance, are on sale now via Prekindle. VIP meet and greet tickets (includes admission, pre-show meet and greet, tour T-shirt, and VIP laminated tour badge) are also available for $70.

Riff Raff, also known as Jody Highroller and Dale Dan Tony, is a rapper born in Houston, Texas as Horst Christian Simco. His first big break onto the national stage was on “From G’s to Gents,” a short-lived MTV reality series from executive producer Jamie Foxx. While he was eliminated from the show by other contestants early on, his outrageous appearance and attitude got him noticed. He joined Simon Rex and Andy Milonakis to form comedy hip-hop group Three Loco, releasing a self-titled EP in 2012.

He produced his own popular music videos online before briefly working with Soulja Boy. Riff Raff signed with Diplo’s record label Mad Decent in 2012 and released his debut album, “Neon Icon,” in 2014 with contributions from Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Paul Wall, Amber Coffman, Mike Posner, and Slim Thug. It produced hit singles “Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz” and “How to Be the Man.”

His next album, “Peach Panther,” produced the hit song “Carlos Slim” and featured G-Eazy, Gucci Mane, and Danny Brown. In 2019, he teamed up again with his longtime friend and producer Derek Allen, who produced “Neon Icon” with Diplo, and released “Pink Python” with guest appearances from Chief Keef, J-Dawg, and Killah Priest.

On the heels of “Pink Python,” Riff Raff released “Cranberry Vampire” on Oct. 25, which has production from DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia and Diplo.

“With the ’08 energy of Robert Pattison, Riff Raff is back with a brand new project just in time for Halloween titled ‘Cranberry Vampire.’ With 12 tracks in total, the rapper links up with Chief Keef, Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul, Dirty Nasty, Apol, Brandon Bills, and Topanga Jack for the new project. The rapper’s project was led by the single ‘Floor Seats’ featuring Chief Keef and DJ Paul. He and Chief Keef have collaborated a few times this year, actually,” HotNewHipHop reported last year.

Riff Raff’s latest project arrives months after he dropped off [“Pink Python”]. He also teased his foray into electropop earlier this year under the moniker Dale Dan Tony. He released the song ‘Dreamland,’ which was low-key fire, but we’ve yet to receive an entire electropop project from him.”