Meaning of “RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n)” by A$AP Rocky

Alright, let’s break down A$AP Rocky’s “RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n)”. This song’s pretty much about how Rocky has made it big in life, grown, and learned from his experiences. He’s not afraid to cause a ruckus (start a riot) and live life loudly (opposite of quiet). He’s calling out folks who are tired or scared, and he’s not buying into any false bravado or pretense.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for A$AP Rocky's RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n) at

A huge part of this song is flexing his wealth and success – talking about designer clothes, fancy cars, and even a posh house (his crib’s a cottage). Rocky even got time to get romantic, making a shout-out to his partner, and how they’ve reached this point of success together.

He’s also standing up against haters and naysayers. He’s worked hard for his success, and he’s not afraid to protect it. He hints at his street-smart upbringing, and it’s clear that he’s not going back to where he started.

And lastly, there are references to some controversies and clapbacks. A$AP’s challenging those who spread rumors or judge him. But in the end, it’s clear he’s living his life the way he wants to – loud, proud, and unapologetic.

“New collab’ with my baby mom (Woo, woo, woo)”

The phrase above, which can be found in the second verse is one of the highlights of this song. Here, it is obvious he is referring to Rihanna. Two things might be happening here. First, is that it is possible Rocky is talking about he and Rihanna’s second child together. Secondly, he could also be giving indications that he and his baby mama (Rihanna) would work on a song or album together in the near future.

Speculations of Rocky and Rihanna being Married

What actually makes this song popular is the fact that within the lyrics, Rocky deliberately sparks speculations that he might have secretly married Rihanna. He does this in the following lines, which he uses to open the song’s first verse:

My wife is erotic, I’m smokin’ exotic (Woo, woo)

Considering he is referring to Rihanna as his “wife” in this lyric, it becomes understandable why many analysts and fans alike can’t help but wonder if he and his sweetheart Rihanna have secretly wedded each other.

What is the meaning of the title “RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n)”?

The song’s title is apparently derived from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the famous American wrestler. Now, it should be noted that Piper is also famous for his fashion sense. This is why in the song’s post-chorus, Rocky states that he “bought designer kilts, yeah, I Roddy Pipe it“. He is basically saying that his sense of fashion is inspired by this legendary wrestler.

“RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n)”samples “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

A$AP samples Nirvana’s iconic song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” throughout the hook of “RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n)”.


Rock co-wrote and co-produced this song with Pharrell Williams and Tyler, The Creator.

Release Date of “RIOT (Rowdy Pipe’n)”

On July 20th 2023, Rocky officially dropped this song as a single from his 2023 album, “Don’t Be Dumb”.

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