Houston rapper Riff Raff recently talked about the delay behind his upcoming Neon Icon solo album and cleared the air on his perceived animated and cartoonish hip-hop image.

While quick to shoot down the media’s image of him, Riff promised his delayed LP would live up to his own standards.

“I’m not, like, ‘comedy rapping,'” outlandish hip-hop artist Riff Raff tells Rolling Stone about his forthcoming record, Neon Icon. “I tried to keep on point as much as possible.” Nevertheless, he’s vouching wholeheartedly for the record, even though the track list is still coming together. “This album is my best work,” he says. “It’s got my best tracks. I got features from the real artists and stuff.” (Rolling Stone)

Riff is expected to rely on some hip-hop heavyweights like Wiz Khalifa and Action Bronson for the new studio project.

As promised, Neon Icon includes guest appearances by a who’s who of artists working in and around the EDM and rap game. Although it’s not clear which songs will make the final track list, Wiz Khalifa pops up on “Versace Python,” Clinton Sparks pipes in on “A Spike Lee Joint” and Action Bronson weighs in on “crazy song” “I Shoulda Won a Grammy.” Elsewhere, Skyler Grey and 2 Chainz are each rumored to have contributed to as-yet-untitled tracks, as are Skrillex, Noah “40” Shebib and DJ Mustard as producers. (Rolling Stone)

Riff broke some unexpected news about his delayed Neon Icon album being pushed back last month.

“SO… i DiDNT WiN A GRAMMY AND i JUST FOUND OUT MY ALBUM GOT PUSHED BACK .. KOOL DAY !! ……… WHAT THE EVERLASTiNG F*CK !!,” Riff tweeted January 26.

“i HAVE NO iDEA WHEN THE NEON iCON ALBUM WiLL DROP, ASK @DiPLO”

“i WANTED TO ALBUM TO DROP TOMORROW BUT @DiPLO GOT A $1,300,000 BUDGET FOR MY ViDEOS & THEY HAVE TO FiLL OUT PAPERWORK SO iTS WORTH THE WAiT”

“THiS NEON iCON ALBUM iS MY BEST WORK & iT HAS TO BE 790 TiMES BiGGER & BETTER THAN ANYTHiNG TO PROVE THAT iTS NOT A JOKE, SORRY FOR THE WAiT” (Riff Raff’s Twitter)

Back in August, Riff spoke on his album facing off against Young Money stud Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album.

“It’s not a competition. It’s my way of doing community service cause I’m trying to save on the environment and the gas money,” he tells XXL during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. “Instead of going back and buying my album a couple weeks later, you might as well go drive and make one trip. Pick up everything. Buy both albums. I’m just being nice to the environment.” Just like every diehard fan, Drake’s last new friend will certainly be picking up Nothing Was The Same in a few weeks. “Of course. I can’t wait for it to come out,” he said. (XXL Mag)

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