ROACH GIGZ, Roachy Balboa 2

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 01.07.11 in Reviews

Roach Gigz is an impish young Bay Area kid who broke through last year with a fantastic debut mixtape, Roachy Balboa, that was equal parts obnoxious, endearing, disarming, and infectiously funny. He was an instantly relatable talent. On his followup, he is sounding just as invigorating — his helium-high voice bouncing sky-high off the juddering, spare 808 claps of his Bay Area beats. "Syrup Thighs" is not a lascivious song, despite it's title: it's a mournful ode to the codeine syrup that so permeates the consciousness of gangsta rap.