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
Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, 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 San Francisco and raised him as a single mother.
Growing up in such a racially diverse city directly affected Roach’s
approach to his art. “If people have only heard my music and know my
name but have never seen me, they are surprised to find out I’m not
Black,” says Roach. “From my experience growing up, race was never
really an issue. I’m just an authentic and cool dude and I think my fans
see that. It ain’t about race. It’s about the music.”
Roach Gigz first gained local fame with close friend Lil 4Tay as one
half of the group Bitch I Go (B.I.G.). The duo made some noise with the
hyphy hit song “I Get It.” However, with no official album or mixtape to
tide the fans over things started slowing down for B.I.G. in 2008 and
Roach decided to focus more on his solo career.
It was 2009’s Buckets and Booty Calls mixtape that truly introduced
Roach’s face and Frisco swagger to the masses. The conceptual mixtape,
released last September and inspired by real was both funny and filled
with good music. “I got in this big car accident after a show and my
scraper got totaled. After that I bought a bucket Ford Tempo for $100
off my cousin. I was driving in that for like two months, and one night
the idea just popped in my head.”
The mixtape containing several examples of what Roach calls his “late
night pussy expeditions,” took off overnight spawning the Northern
California anthem “My Bitch Look Better.” The mixtape to date has been
downloaded over 45,000 times.
In May of 2010 Roach followed Buckets and Booty Calls with the lyrically
superior Roachy Balboa mixtape. Where B &B was just a small part of
his story, Balboa, both a play on fictitious boxer Rocky Balboa and
Roach’s own Italian heritage, gave a deeper glimpse into his potential
as an artist.
“I put all my money into renting this tiny empty room and built my own
little studio. I stayed in that bitch all the time, making music and
just training to get better. Roachy Balboa is just the first preview of
that,” says Gigz. “I feel like I’m growing how anybody should if their
doing what they love and putting their all into being the best they
possibly be at. I’m not there yet, but I’m on my way.” Balboa has
already exceeded its predecessor’s numbers in listens and downloads in
just a fraction of the time.
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.
“I’ve seen the hunger in his eyes since day one,” says Mistah F.A.B.
“With the proper support he may get his chance to be the new voice of
the modern day Bay Area.” With his unconventional style and undeniable
charisma it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world feels
the same way.