On Krispy Kreme, RiFF RAFF and If Trolling Is a Viable Career Path in Music

On Krispy Kreme, RiFF RAFF and If Trolling Is a Viable Career Path in Music

One of the first meaningful things you can learn about the Internet is the following: don’t feed the trolls. It’s a tip somewhat related to what you should NOT do at the zoo, which is feed the animals. Why? Because a whole shitload of chain reactions can occur and chances are you’re not ready for them. Why would you be? How could you possibly know that you could start a swirling storm of shit by simply replying to someone on the Internet? After all, isn’t the Internet all about communication and broadening our horizons and … you get my point.

But as you have likely realized after spending a few days online, there are some folks who don’t take this shit seriously. Rather, they know exactly what they can gain—your attention!—by using a few choice words. And in 2012, it appears that so-called artists have realized that they can gain both your attention and some decent paychecks by way of embracing the trolling lifestyle. Their income might not come from your typical avenues of record sales and huge label advances, but they have amassed cult-like followings.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to spot a troll, because let’s be honest: we all know folks who are so bizarre that it’s nearly impossible to figure out if they’re serious or not. That leads me to two of my first subjects in this piece: Lil B and RiFF RAFF. It frightened me a bit to list that first artist, by the way, if only because I know the Bitch Mob Task Force is already prepared to take me down.

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  1. Skelly Skell
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:54:00

    any promoted and shared music is for attention. there’s always been less than serious rap. trolling appears to be a viable career path in music. the trouble i see is making music a career path, an offense that expands beyond trolls.

  2. Daman Bahner
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 21:38:00

    In this economy, if you can get paid without slangin, I have no problem with it. Whether it’s hip hop or not is up to the listener. Some of the Three Locos stuff is sorta similar to old Beastie Boys stuff…actually like the We Are Llamas track.

  3. David Reyneke
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 21:01:00


  4. pollo gonzales
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 16:42:00

    dam i really thought krispy kreme was actually retarded like a white fitty tyson…son had me fooled fasho

  5. marc heilbrunn
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 14:19:00

    too many pages

  6. Kevin Merriman
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 13:49:00

    good post. makes me wonder: couldn’t you say that major music labels have been “trolling” the industry to a make a profit for years, though? to be in a position where they can produce a product and say “this is what’s hot right now.” when it never was, or should be, is total trolling to me… with the social media putting more power into the hands of the people though, it makes me think you just get a different, more personal kind of trolling flavor: where it can be more obvious (if it wants to,) more of a “character,” and really, more of whatever it wants to be as long as no labels are involved. also for those same reasons, i think it makes people like Riff Raff harder to figure out.

  7. Đ℞ΞV/
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 12:49:00

    Riff raff is dope. i love his flow and he can rhyme but he is funny. I love, and i mean that i am obsessed with Bird on a Wire.

  8. Andrew Martin
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:00:00

    the baddest of them all*

  9. khal
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:28:00

    krispy kreme is the baddest though.

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