|Critical Praise for Roach Gigz:
“Here’s to the new age of rap. And Roach Gigz. Who is awesome. – The FADER
Roachy Balboa is one of the most energetically fun rap records released this year. – Pitchfork
Selected as a member of 106 KMEL’s (the biggest Bay Area hip-hop station) Freshmen Class of 2010.
With 2010 still a recent memory, Bay Area favorite Roach Gigz is kicking off 2011 in high fashion, releasing his highly anticipated new project, Roachy Balboa 2. The mixtape is the follow up to Roach’s highly lauded project, Roachy Balboa, released last year, and like its predecessor contains all original production. Closing 2010, Roach released a handful of singles and videos from RB2, including fan favorites “Pop Off” and “Can I Rap,” among others, and with the 18-track project being released today as a free download, fans can look forward to a number of new singles and videos from the project going forward, as well as a limited-edition physical release of Roachy Balboa and Roachy Balboa 2 together in one double-disc package.
While Roachy Balboa worked in showing off Roach’s more lighthearted side and highlighting the rapper’s abilities on the mic, Roachy Balboa 2 shows a progression in the San Francisco native’s style. Tracks like “The Moment,” which features fellow rising Bay Area talents Young Gully and Marlo, deals with the murder of Oscar Grant and subsequent sentencing of police officer Johannes Mehserle. Elsewhere, Roach continues to show off improved song writing with tracks like “The Dopest 2,” Roach’s biggest anthem to date, and likewise, for fans who loved tracks like “Respect It” on Roachy Balboa, tracks including “Can I Rap” continue to show off Roach’s ability to craft rapid-fire, take-no-prisoner lyrical barbs with unmatched skill.
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Selected as one of 106 KMEL’s Top 10 Freshman Rappers of the Bay Area, 21-year-old San Francisco native Roach Gigz has gone from virtually unknown to one of the hottest artists on the West Coast in just four years. Born and raised in the Bay Area Roach was conceived in Nicaragua during the Contra and Sandinista war. His father was a supporter of the Sandinista Liberation Front and has never lived in the United States but Roach’s mom moved to California and raised him as a single mother. Needless to say his upbringing was very complex so being a white rapper in a predominantly Black and Latin dominated business is not an issue for Roach. “I’m just being myself and I think my fans see that. It ain’t about race; it’s about the music.”
Named after a combination of the character Roach from the movie Next Friday and his high school days dancing skills, Roach Gigz first gained local fame with close friend Lil 4Tay as one half of the group Bitch I Go (B.I.G.). Now, with two successful mixtapes under his belt Roach is currently preparing his debut album, tentatively titled Therapy Sessions, which is scheduled to be released this fall. The album is shaping up to be a very personal one. Roach says the music will touch on the ups and downs of his life from the struggles he’s been through growing up in the Bay to the birth of his newborn son.
Roachy Balboa 2
“The Dopest 2”
“Black & Orange”
“Can I Rap”
DaVinci, Roach Gigz, San Quinn, Big Rich & Cellski – “Black & Orange” SF Remix
Young Gully feat. Roach Gigz – “What If”
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