Latest Track From Roachy Balboa 2 Provides Strong Concept and Development
DOWNLOAD: Roach Gigz featuring J Stalin – Hold Up
As the January 4th release date of Roachy Balboa 2 inches ever closer, Bay Area emcee Roach Gigz continues to leak tracks off the forthcoming free mixtape. The latest in the series of leaks is “Hold Up” and features a guest spot from Oakland’s own J Stalin, who has stayed busy by releasing more than four albums worth of material in the last year, including the lauded Prenuptial Agreement on SMC Recordings.
This latest single features the rapper’s signature high-energy delivery but, much like with his last leak, “The Dopest 2” the beat is more electronic and less pervasive than those featured on the original Roachy Balboa. The song also contains a strong narrative based around the driving factors behind one’s need for wealth and financial stability that climaxes in a hook, sung by Roach himself, and lines like, “We all chase the same thing, vain dreams/ If your money talks, I’mma make mine scream,” while also injecting anecdotes “Trust goes missing/ Do it for the love, don’t do it for attention/ Do it for your blood, don’t do it for the leeches/ They don’t got your back/ When you’re trapped, they’re speechless.” With this track, Roach has assembled a strong concept, guest spot, and strong verses, all showcasing the depth and development of his skills as an emcee.
Roach Gigz’ Roachy Balboa 2 will be released January 4, 2011.