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Riff Raff, DJ Benzi, Mattboywhite 

When: Fri., Dec. 21, 6 p.m. 2012
Price: $20, $15 in advance
Not too long ago Riff Raff apparently simply decided he was a rap superstar. Despite the fact that he was only known to the small segment of the population that watched MTV's From G's to Gents and homemade music videos on WorldStarHipHop, he began cultivating a persona based on his supposed extreme artistic and financial success and a sartorial style that only a star could pull off in public. And surprisingly, a growing number of people have decided to go along with the fantasy, including filmmaker Harmony Korine, whose upcoming Spring Breakers features James Franco playing a character based on Riff Raff. Superproducer Diplo also signed on, and in August his Mad Decent label released Riff Raff's latest mixtape, Birth of an Icon. Unlike past efforts, which are full of collaborations with no-name producers, Birth includes contributions from in-demand beat makers such as Harry Fraud, Flux Pavilion, and Caspa. Despite the upgrade, Riff Raff himself remains compellingly unhinged. The mixtape overflows with virulently contagious energy and manically giddy wordplay, which suggests that all the outrageous make-believe is propped up by a scary amount of talent. —Miles Raymer DJ Benzi and MattBoyWhite open.
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