G-Eazy in 2013
|Birth name||Gerald Earl Gillum|
May 24, 1989 |
Oakland, California, U.S.
Gerald Earl Gillum (born May 24, 1989) better known by his stage name G-Eazy or Young Gerald, is an American rapper, songwriter and producer born and raised in Oakland, California. G has released numerous mixtapes and EP's, but his most recent release is his debut label studio album These Things Happen.
His 2014 album These Things Happen peaked at number one on various charts, including a peak at number three on the Billboard 200. In July 2014, G-Eazy was placed on MTV's Artists to Watch, following a successful worldwide sold-out tour and his top selling debut album.
Raised in Oakland, California, Gerald has gained recognition as part of the growing rap scene in the area, joining artists such as Lil B and The Cataracs. Having an interest in making music at a young age, G-Eazy put together a local group known as the 'Bay Boyz' who released a number of songs via their Myspace page. Gerald began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University of New Orleans.
Solo career (2009–present)
With success from his earlier mixtapes, Gerald continued to release further songs, notably "Waspy" and "Candy Girl". The latter as of 2011 having attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace. Late 2010 saw Gillum being handed the opportunity of appearing as an opening act for the rapper Drake. In recent years, he has opened for a number of other artists such as Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.
In August 2011, G-Eazy released the mixtape The Endless Summer via his official site. The mixtape samples from a number of other songs, most notably an updated version of the 1961 US No. 1 hit "Runaround Sue" by Dion DiMucci, which has gone on to garner over four million views via YouTube (Directed By Tyler Yee). It features collaborations with artists such as Greg Banks, Erika Flowers and American Idol contestant Devon Baldwin.
Released on "Dreams and Dream Killers" by Circa '87, as well as G-Eazy's The Outsider, the track "My Life is a Party" was featured in the game Saints Row: The Third. The song can be heard on one of the in-game radio stations "95.4 KRhyme FM".
On July 25, 2012, the Excellent Adventure Tour was announced which featured Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy. The two performed in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Columbia (Missouri), Lincoln, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlottesville, and Philadelphia. On December 15, 2013 G-Eazy and Master Chen B performed the song Lotta That in New York City.
On January 15, 2014 G-Eazy announced a new tour with MMG's Rockie Fresh, KYLE, and Tory Lanez, the "These Things Happen" Tour. The tour will run for 40 stops throughout the United States and Canada from February until April.
On June 23, 2014, G-Eazy released the album These Things Happen.
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He has confirmed that he was inspired to make music in his 9th grade geometry class, mostly because he couldn't pay attention. Gerald and his friend Marcus would make beats after school. He began by writing songs and raps as something to do that would let him express himself. He quickly fell in love with making music.
Gerald went by his initials G.E. since he didn't really like his name. When looking for a rapper name, a friend suggested the name "G-Eazy" since he already went by G.E. At the time it sounded "super awesome", although somewhat "cheesy now", he admits.
In the early stages, his producer Matt's parents lent them an SUV for their first tour.
As a young kid, he used to shoot BMX videos in middle school. He would also edit and press the videos on VHS tapes, and give them to friends. He did get in some trouble as a teen, and even had an ankle monitor for 6 months. During this time he was only in his house and he used this time to work on his music.
Gerald's mom was a single mother who moved her children in with her grandparents. He lived in a house full of family members. His aunt and uncle formed a band called "The New Easy Devils". This band was a rock band that would rehearse in the basement. They recorded music and had professional albums and posters for their shows. This inspired him and set the example that you don't need a music label to make music, or have a following.
He is often referred to as the "James Dean of hip hop" for his slick back hair and clothing. G-Eazy took piano lessons as a kid, however he hated it. Now as an adult, he regrets how uninterested he was in learning to play piano as he would like to play piano for his shows. A large part of his musical influence was The Beatles. His mother is a fan and raised Gerald with that kind of music. He has a younger brother named James who also attended Loyola University New Orleans.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|US||US R&B/HH||US Rap||AUS||CAN||UK||UK R&B|
|The Epidemic LP||
|Must Be Nice||
|These Things Happen||3||1||1||98||15||171||16||
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
- The Tipping Point (2008)
- Sikkis on the Planet (2009)
- Quarantine (2009)
- Big (2010)
- The Outsider (2011)
- The Endless Summer (2011)
- Fresh EP (2008)
- Nose Goes with Swiss Chriss (2011)
- Must Be Nice with Christoph Andersson (2013)
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(featuring Hoodie Allen)
|2012||—||—||—||Must Be Nice|
(featuring Dominique Le Jeune)
(featuring Jay Ant & E-40)
|2013||—||—||—||These Things Happen|
(featuring Cristoph Anderson)
|"Let's Get Lost"
(featuring Devon Baldwin)
|"I Mean It"
(featuring A$AP Ferg & Danny Seth)
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2009||MtvU Awards||Best Music on Campus||Nominated|
|2011||Best of the Beat||Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist||Nominated|||
|Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album or Mixtape||The Endless Summer||Nominated|
|Best Music Video||Runaround Sue||Nominated|
|The Best of the Booth||Breaking Through in 2012||Nominated|||
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