Andre Nickatina "Nickatina Experience Tour 2013" with Roach Gigz, Mumbls, Black C (from RBL Posse) and TNC 9er

April 22, 2013 - 9:00pm


On Monday, April 22, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Andre Nickatina's "Nickatina Experience Tour 2013" to the WOW Hall with special guests Roach Gigz, Mumbls, Black C (from RBL Posse) and TNC 9er.

Last here in June, San Francisco’s Andre Nickatina has been a hip-hop/rap luminary since the release of his critically acclaimed debut, The New Jim Jones, in 1993.  Twenty years later, the longevity of Nickatina speaks for itself.  An award-winning MC and producer (2005 Bay Area Artist of The Year / Album of The Year for Bullets), Nickatina’s vision has expanded beyond the 18 albums (and hundreds of thousands of sales) that he has executive-produced.  

After releasing his two albums as Dre Dog, he released the albums Raven in My Eyes and Cocaine Raps as Andre Nickatina in 1996.  The trilogy of 1999's Tears of a Clown and 2000's These R the Tales and Daiquiri Factory Cocaine Raps that put Nickatina on the West Coast circuit.  After these he has continued to release one or two recordings each year, including the 2008 classic with the late Mac Dre A Tale of Two Andres. 



A diverse artist, Nickatina has also gained critical acclaim for his work and vision as a filmmaker, with more than seven films to his credit as either a director, co-director, executive producer, producer or actor, including the highly ambitious 2003 CD/movie project Conversation With a Devil.

Nickatina’s classic stage show has earned raves from concert audiences:

“I've seen Andre over 20 times in the past ten years and he is always just as good as the first time I saw him.  Overall Andre is one of a kind and I will always go to see him no matter what venue or day.”

“Nickatina is hands down the best rapper in the game.”

“I had the best time of my life.  I wish it did not have to end.”

“Show was off the chain.  Andre put on such a good set; he played a lot of classics and some songs off his new album.  I was also surprised how long he played.”

Nickatina’s business acumen is as sharp and honorable as his presence on stage.  Never one to follow or ride trends, Andre Nickatina is a rare breed of artist… one of the last original trend setters.  






Roach Gigz (Orlando Campbell) was born and raised in San Francisco.  His father was a Nicaraguan who was a supporter of the Sandinista National Liberation Front during the Nicaraguan Revolution in the 1980s.  His pregnant mother relocated to San Francisco by herself.  He did not first meet his father until he was eight years old.

While a student at Leadership High School, Roach Gigz was involved with Youth Radio, an East Bay Area nonprofit youth organization, and then started to develop an interest in rapping.  He first gained fame locally after forming a hip-hop duo called Bitch I Go (B.I.G.) with rapper Lil 4Tay.  Roach Gigz was given the nickname due to his resemblance to a character from the movie Next Friday named Roach, and "gigz" due to his frequent performance at gigs around Northern California.

In May 2010, Gigz released his first major mixtape entitled Roachy Balboa, which received much airplay on Bay Area station KMEL.  Pitchfork music critic David Drake described the mixtape as, "one of the most energetically fun rap records released this year."  Gigz was selected to be KMEL's Top 10 Freshman Rappers of the Bay Area.  In November 2010, he released his single "Can I Rap" which is dedicated to the San Francisco Giants.  A music video for the song was uploaded onto YouTube and has received over one million views.

Mixtape Roachy Balboa 2 was released in January 2011, and the mixtape Bitch, I'm a Player was released in August 2011.  Roach Gigz's first studio album, Bugged Out, was released on iTunes in September, 2012. 






Andre Nickatina's young protégé Mumbls is a Berkeley, California-based emcee with a penchant for having way too good of a time, while somehow maintaining technical prowess.  Citing Dana Dane, Ghostface Killah, and Mac Dre as some of his rap influences, Mumbls also looks to Glam Rock staples such as Marc Bolan and David Bowie for creative spark.  

Describing himself as half-Viking and half-Mexicano, the Nor-Cal representative brings a strangely unique style and perspective to the mic.  Usually intoxicated, Mumbls weaves tales of lust, drugs, and flat-out avoiding adulthood in a brutally blunt manner.  His goal is to stimulate your mind while he prolongs the party. 

Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.



Door Time: 
April 22, 2013 - 8:00pm
$22 Advance, $25 Door