Interview: Roach Gigz

What do you listen to from outside the Bay Area? I listen to old shit a little bit. I’ve been listening to old Biggie for awhile. I got hooked on Biggie, cause I never used to listen to him before. I listen to Wayne’s old shit. Not too many people, though, really. I’m not too on top of my music awareness I guess.

Do you think that growing up on the west coast you were sheltered from Biggie because of the Tupac stuff? I wasn’t sheltered, I was just like, Fuck that shit. It was Tupac all day. In second grade, honestly, in my after school program I had a cubby and I had a shrine to Tupac in my cubby. I swear to god. I performed a Snoop Dogg song in third grade at the talent show. Mr. Lee’s class.

Do you think its hard to be a rapper from San Francisco because it has one reputation outside of the Bay and another if you live there? I think a lot of rappers from San Francisco are insecure about that, and it comes through. I know exactly what you’re saying. And I used to think about that shit when I was younger. But me, like, I’m at the point where I don’t care. Maybe at one point I cared because I was trying to do too much of this, or trying to do too much of that. Now I don’t care, man. I’m from San Francisco, I know what it is. I mean it’s many different sides to the city, I’ve lived all the different sides, I’ve been through all different types of shit, positive and negative, good and bad, you know? Fuck that shit, man. Imma rep the city forever.

Is it hard for you to do shows in SF? I remember when I was in high school no rappers from SF did shows in SF cause shit would pop off all the time. I can’t do a show in San Francisco. I mean, I’m doing one with Andre Nickatina, that’s because it’s with Andre Nickatina. Like if it was just me, I couldn’t do it. For a variety of reasons, I just couldn’t do it. The one thing I want to do is a free show at the Potrero Hill Skatepark. I was just telling that to some dude from Thrasher that just interviewed me not too long ago, and that would be so perfect: do a show at the Potrero Hill Skatepark and have everyone come through for free. I just don’t want it to turn negative or anything.

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  1. two stacks says:

    YO ROACH GIGZ IS MY FAVORITE RAPPER YALL NEED TO POST MORE ROACH GIGZ ON HERE GOD DAMN

  2. crawmamas says:

    mann!! i love roach gigz he the hardest out and db the general! you really are the future of music!!!! love from sweden!

  3. GGALLEN says:

    LUV FROM SAN DIEGO!! MY GOT MY COUSINS IN LIBERA SLAPPIN YO SHIT!!!!!!

  4. Wicked cool interview! More ROACH GIGZ!

  5. Hella_Kitty650 says:

    GOOMBA!!! Lovin me some Roachy Balboa

  6. esko408 says:

    At first it was codeina,

    then I met her sister..

    her name was dextrolina

    she came in a beamer it was bad for codeina

    since then I aint seen her,

    until i seen my bro bring her to show in salinas

    I WAS A HOE I CHEATED..SO YOU KNOW IM LEANIN!

  7. Tisha Wahlborg says:

    Roach Gigz is the shit! Been liking him for a few years now. It’s good to see him get the recognition he deserves! He is one of a kind and TEAM ROACH is all I have to say.

  8. Dylan Gombaa says:

    All i ever slap is Roachyyyyy and Dbbbbbbb.
    I heard one of the tracks off that Bitch Im a Player with Roach and Db that shit was some fire!
    keep it up! Rip Dre
    P.s. Roachy on the black and orange was dope

  9. tone tone says:

    Roach is cool but Kid Tef got some real music that niggas really need to listen too

    http://thedetroitzuu.blogspot.com/2011/06/kid-tef-ft-sam-hill-january-16.html