Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Roach Gigz

When: Sat., April 28, 8 p.m. 2012

He may be petulant and potty-mouthed, but there's little debate that KMEL Top 10 Freshman emeritus Roach Gigz is one of the best rappers operating in the Bay Area right now. And were it not for his utterly infuriating lyrics, he might be hailed as the best, bar none. Roach tends to fixate on personal vices and ineluctable pleasures -- he's a drug user, loafer, moocher, manipulator, and indefatigable womanizer -- but he'll occasionally let slip a bit of social commentary. It's crazy how the city change/I don't see nobody from the city, man, Roach raps, waxing philosophical about gentrification and San Francisco's burgeoning tech economy in the song "Gina," which is otherwise about some girl with a booty. Lyrics notwithstanding, Roach has a near-perfect sense of rhythm. He syncopates lines, raps words as triplet figures, and always stays in the pocket of the beat. In a genre that tends to privilege style over substance, he'll have amazing longevity. At Oakland Metro Operahouse (630 3rd St., Oakland) on Saturday, Apr. 28. 8 p.m., $12, $15. OaklandMetro.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $12

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