Riff Raff (birth name – Horst Christian Simco) is an American rapper and actor, who has been a member of the group Three Loco. Also, Simco has been associated with Soulja Boy’s S.O.D. Money Gang Inc.
He was born on January 29, 1982, in Houston, Texas, USA.
His father, Ronald, worked as a manager at Walmart and a police officer. He was also a Vietnam War veteran. His mother, Anita, was a maid.
Simco has three siblings.
Horst and his family lived in Copperfield, a suburb northwest of Houston. He said about his childhood:
”I grew up there, but I grew up in multiple cities too. I know a lot of people say, ‘Oh, are you from Houston?’”
”I don’t even say anything about Houston. I’m not saying anything good or anything bad.”
Raff later added:
”I can’t say I’ll represent the average Houston person or something like that.”
While growing up, Christian played a lot of basketball. During high school, he was the shooting guard for the high school’s basketball team.
In 2001, Riff enrolled at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minnesota.
By the end of college, he has grown immense interest in rapping.
Horst started to rap in 2005.
From 2011, he began to be managed by OG Ron C (an American management company executive, DJ, radio personality, and record producer) of Swishahouse fame. Horst also moved to LA.
In the same year, he signed to Soulja Boy’s label S.O.D. Money Gang Inc.
In 2012, Christian released music videos for the Chief Keef collaboration “Cuz My Gear” as well as for the songs – Time and Larry Bird.
Later that year, Horst collaborated with Usher on the album Jody Highroller.
In June 2012, he released a mixtape titled – the Summer of Surf. In addition, the rapper released the album called – ”The Golden Alien.” The album featured tracks that were produced by Obtuse Angle, Freeze Dried, and MikeChekMusic.
In 2013, Christian was arrested after the police officers found weed along with drug paraphernalia in his car. He was released in less than 24 hours.
On November 26, 2013, Simco released the first single for Neon Icon, named – “How To Be the Man.”
In 2016, Riff released his 2nd studio album, entitled – ”Peach Panther.”
On February 9, 2018, DJ Afterthought and Christian released the album – ”Cool Blue Jewels.”
The album had features from:
- Project Pat;
- Young Buck;
- Jimmy Wopo;
- Chevy Woods;
- Wiz Khalifa.
In 2018, a woman filed a civil suit against Horst and DollaBillGates.
It was about an incident which took place in the early morning of August 31, 2014.
She accused them of false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery, sexual assault, and civil conspiracy.
In a court declaration from September 14, 2016, Christian denied the allegations. He said:
“I did not sexually assault [Jane Doe], nor did I have any sexual contact with her whatsoever.”
Simco later added:
“At no time did I force [Jane Doe] to perform any sexual act on me or anyone else.”
In the same year, he was accused of drugging and raping a 19-year-old woman. The incident supposedly happened after a 2013 show.
After the accusations, the booking agency Audiopaxx canceled Horst’s New Zealand and Australia tour, declaring that the company:
“takes these matters seriously and does not condone any of this alleged behavior.”
On April 12, 2019, he released his 3rd studio album, named – ”Pink Python.”
The album featured guest appearances from:
- Killah Priest;
- Chief Keef.
Riff started his YouTube channel on December 31, 2011. The channel has over 194 million views and more than 365,000 subscribers.
He has been in relationships with:
- Bella Elise Rose;
- Bella Thorne;
- Red Lickherish;
- Jill Kassidy;
- Cat Marnell;
- Gianna Nicole;
- Lil Debbie;
- Katy Perry.
”When the world was born, everybody was naked.”
”I can’t talk about other people, I’m not allowed to.”
”Why would I talk about the past when I got a bright future?”
He said about his musical influences:
”I might listen to Duran Duran, I might listen to Sublime, maybe Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
Simco also said:
“Then you might hear me listening to Gucci Mane or Waka Flocka, some Fat Pat or some old Swishahouse like Big Pig, Big Tiger. It’s all types of stuff.”
In the 2013 film Spring Breakers, James Franco’s character was based on Horst’s persona.
He has many tattoos, including the logos for the NBA and MTV.
His father was a patient of post-traumatic stress disorder, a type of disorder which develops in some people who have experienced a dangerous, scary, and shocking event.
An estimated 37 percent of people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are classified as having severe symptoms. According to statistics, the disorder affects about 8 million people in the US.
About 1 in 4 people who are exposed to traumatic events develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Examples of traumatic events include the following:
- chronic sexual or physical abuse;
- being involved in a car accident;
- community violence;
- participating in war;
- violent crimes;
- experiencing natural disasters;
- undergoing major surgery.
Some of the symptoms include:
- being on guard all the time;
- negative changes in your mood and thoughts;
- extreme avoidance of things which remind you of the traumatic event;
- recurrent reminders of the traumatic event.
Riff Raff – Net Worth
Horst earned most of his wealth from his music. In 2014, he recorded his debut studio album, named – ”Neon Icon.” In 2016, Simco released his second studio album, entitled – ”Peach Panther.” In 2019, Christian released another album – ”Pink Python.”
Raff also earned some money from acting. For example, he appeared in One Life to Live and Major Lazer. In November 2017, Horst appeared on the reality show, named – ”The Challenge.”
Moreover, he has a YouTube channel with more than 194 million views (meaning $388,000 in revenue). He also sells merch on different websites. Therefore, Riff Raff has an estimated net worth of $6.8 million.