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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Roach Gigz Begrudgingly Rejoins the Rap Game in "Too Easy"

Watch: Roach Gigz Begrudgingly Rejoins the Rap Game in "Too Easy"

It's been a while since we heard from ol' Roachy Balboa. But S.F. rapper Roach Gigz is coming back on March 7 with a new EP, The Gig Effect, and let off its new single today. "Too Easy" is a…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: A-1 and Roach Gigz Rap in the Tour Van for "Speaker"

Watch: A-1 and Roach Gigz Rap in the Tour Van for "Speaker"

What happens when you decide to shoot an entire rap video inside a moving tour van filled with people and a bottle of Bombay Sapphire? This fun new clip for "Speaker," by local MC A-1 and featuring Roach Gigz, will…
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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Tracks From the New <i>Darkest Before Dawn</i>  Bay Area Rap Compilation

Top Five Tracks From the New Darkest Before Dawn Bay Area Rap Compilation

Yesterday, Atlanta-based production unit SMKA released Darkest Before Dawn, a 10-track album compilation that showcases the best of the Bay's MCs spitting over their beats. Featuring a roll call of rappers that includes Shady Blaze, The Jacka, Mistah FAB, Richie…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz's Five Essential San Francisco Spots: Music, Crab, and Baseball

Roach Gigz's Five Essential San Francisco Spots: Music, Crab, and Baseball

Roach Gigz releases his debut studio album today. Titled Bugged Out, the rapper is banking on the project to build on the buzz his mixtapes have cultivated and jolt his career up another notch. So with Gigz being at the…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz's Producer CLoz Used to Sell Beats for $10

Roach Gigz's Producer CLoz Used to Sell Beats for $10

CLoz sold his first beat for $10. That less-than-whopping fee came about as the East Bay producer was clawing his way up into the local hip-hop scene. Since then, Cloz has steadily built up an impressive body of beats,…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz's "Wasabi" Video: The Sake-Swilling, Broke-Ass Funnyman of S.F. Rap Has Arrived

Roach Gigz's "Wasabi" Video: The Sake-Swilling, Broke-Ass Funnyman of S.F. Rap Has Arrived

After years of releasing mixtapes -- most of them excellent -- S.F. rapper Roach Gigz is finally putting out a for-real debut album this summer entitled Bugged Out. "Wasabi" is the first single from album, a typical C-Loz-produced Gigz…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: A Wish List for S.F. Music in 2012, and More

In Print: A Wish List for S.F. Music in 2012, and More

From SF Weekly's latest print music section: Wish List for 2012: Optimists say that if you want to have your dreams come true, you should write them down. We frankly doubt that elucidating the things we want to happen in…
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Music, All Shook Down Kreayshawn Looks Back on Her Breakout Year, Invents a Signature Cocktail, and Talks Plans for 2012

Kreayshawn Looks Back on Her Breakout Year, Invents a Signature Cocktail, and Talks Plans for 2012

Kreayshawn is 2011's most dramatic hip-hop blow-up story. After starting the year planning to transition from directing videos for local Bay Area rappers to releasing her own mixtapes, the 21-year-old Natassia Zolot scored big with the DJ Two Stacks-produced…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2011

The 10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2011

After years of being overshadowed, Bay Area hip-hop finally began grabbing lots of national attention again in 2011. And for good reason: this year saw blistering releases from newer arrivals as well as hot records from local legends. Join us as…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Roach Gigz's "Gina" Video: He Has Something Else For Your Mouth

Watch Roach Gigz's "Gina" Video: He Has Something Else For Your Mouth

Oh, that Roachy Balboa. Of all the tracks on S.F. rapper Roach Gigz's new Bitch I'm a Player EP that make us grin, we're extremely glad he chose "Gina" to illustrate a new video. We just love it when…
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Music, All Shook Down Kreayshawn and the White Girl Mob Bring the Swag Back to San Francisco

Kreayshawn and the White Girl Mob Bring the Swag Back to San Francisco

Kreayshawn and the White Girl Mob (Lil Debbie and V-Nasty) Roach Gigz Jay Ant Moe Green August 25, 2011 Slim's Better than: Working at Arby's. For the first time since the international explosion of "Gucci Gucci," acquiring a Columbia…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz Romps Through NYC in New Kreayshawn-Directed Video for "F A Chorus"

Roach Gigz Romps Through NYC in New Kreayshawn-Directed Video for "F A Chorus"

"Hopefully when you see me, you won't get mad, taunts S.F. rapper Roach Gigz in "F A Chorus," the brash statement of intent from his brand-new Bitch I'm a Player EP. And he's right -- you'd better not get…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Roach Gigz's Big-Ring Ambition, the Sway Machinery's African Adventure, and More

In Print: Roach Gigz's Big-Ring Ambition, the Sway Machinery's African Adventure, and More

Roach Gigz: In 2008, the San-Francisco-born rapper Roach Gigz visited New York City. He went out to Southside Jamaica, Queens, the area 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew mythologized in rhyme. He visited Harlem, where he bought two small pet…
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Music, All Shook Down Is Bay Area Rap Too Insular? Roach Gigz Talks to MTV About the Pitfalls of Being Indie

Is Bay Area Rap Too Insular? Roach Gigz Talks to MTV About the Pitfalls of Being Indie

For whatever reason, Bay Area hip-hop is an insular beast that often fails to escape its Northern California birthplace. Sure, we have artists like E-40 and the Souls of Mischief that made it into the national spotlight ever so briefly,…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch: Roach Gigz Made a Video for 'Syrup Thighs' on His Tropical Vacation

Watch: Roach Gigz Made a Video for 'Syrup Thighs' on His Tropical Vacation

Low-budget rap videos are a comedy genre all their own -- see this wacked-out clip for S.F. rhymer Roach Gigz's "Syrup Thighs" for proof. Having blown a wad of cash on a Hawaiian (?) vacation, Gigz apparently had little money/time/interest left…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: The Sweet Explorations of Tennis, and the Church Reinvents Its Past

In Print: The Sweet Explorations of Tennis, and the Church Reinvents Its Past

The Salty Tales of Tennis: Their saga is like some kind of 21st-century fairy tale, and Tennis' work ably carries on a sense of wonder. Cape Dory, their debut released in January, is summery, genial indie-pop, rich with doe-eyed memories…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz Follows Last Year's Hit Mixtape with 'Roachy Balboa 2,' Keeps Sense of Humor

Roach Gigz Follows Last Year's Hit Mixtape with 'Roachy Balboa 2,' Keeps Sense of Humor

Last year's Roachy Balboa mixtape from Roach Gigz was not only one of the best Bay Area releases of the year, it was one of the best hip-hop projects in general. Wasting no time in 2011, Roach is back…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 10 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2010

The Top 10 Bay Area Hip-Hop Albums of 2010

2010 has been a pretty good year for Bay Area hip-hop, if only because it saw the next generation of local rappers come into its own, eager (and maybe even ready) to put the Bay back on the national radar…
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Music, All Shook Down Roach Gigz Drops 'The Dopest 2' To Remind Us He's About To Be a Big Deal

Roach Gigz Drops 'The Dopest 2' To Remind Us He's About To Be a Big Deal

Roach Gigz: The next big Bay deal?​To all those in San Francisco (and the Greater Bay Area), I get it. You were too entranced by the based flows of Lil B to find room for any other Bay Area…
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Music, All Shook Down Video for S.F. Giants Ode 'Black & Orange' Brings Out City Rappers En Masse

Video for S.F. Giants Ode 'Black & Orange' Brings Out City Rappers En Masse

If Journey's not your thing -- or if you've just heard Askon Davaran's now-ubiquitous "Don't Stop Believing" anthem for the S.F. Giants enough times -- a pack of SFC rappers including San Quinn, Big Rich, Cellski, DaVinci, and Roach Gigz have…
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