G-Eazy performing at Roseland Ballroom in 2013
|Birth name||Gerald Earl Gillum|
May 24, 1989 |
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Origin||Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Labels||BPG, RVG, RCA Records|
|Associated acts||Devon Baldwin, Black Lung, Mod Sun, Skizzy Mars, Hoodie Allen|
Gerald Earl Gillum (born May 24, 1989) better known by his stage name G-Eazy, is an American rapper, songwriter and producer from Oakland, California. Eazy has released six mixtapes and 3 EPs, before releasing his debut studio album These Things Happen. Eazy released his first mixtape in 2007, while attending Loyola University of New Orleans.
Eazy's mixtapes has spawned viral singles including "Runaround Sue" & "Been On", which both have garnered over three million views on YouTube. His 2014 album These Things Happen peaked at number one on various charts, including a peak at number three on Billboard's Hot 100. In July 2014, G-Eazy was placed on MTV's Artist To Watch, following a successful worldwide sold-out tour and his top selling debut album.
Raised in Oakland, California, Gillum has gained recognition as part of the growing hip hop 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. He 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, Gillum continued to release further songs, notably "Waspy" and "Candy Girl". The latter as of 2011 having attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace. Continuing to combine both his studies and music, in 2009 G-Eazy won the NAACP Best Music on Campus Woodie; 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 January 15, 2014 G-Eazy announced a new tour with MMG's Rockie Fresh 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.
G-Eazy graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011 attaining a BS in Music Industry Studies. During an interview in December 2011 with the Student Publication of the University at Buffalo, Gillum explained his decision to pursue both music and education "I knew I had to go to college, but I knew I wanted to pursue music, that's why I chose Loyola. I've been lucky enough to meet people, and I knew I had until college was over to get it all done."
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US||US R&B/HH||US Rap||CAN||UK||UK R&B|
|These Things Happen||3||1||1||15||171||16|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
- Sikkis on the Planet (2007)
- The Tipping Point (2008)
- Quarantine (2009)
- Big (2010)
- The Outsider (2011)
- The Endless Summer (2011)
- Fresh EP (2008)
- Nose Goes EP w/ Swiss Chriss (2011)
- Must Be Nice EP (2013)
- Must Be Twice EP w/ Christoph Andersson (2013)
- It's Not Easy (2011)
- Sherry (2011)
- Rebel (2011)
- Kings (feat. Jai Paul) (2011)
- Mercedes Benz (The American Dream) (2011)
- Lost in Translation (2011) (feat. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)
- Rappin A$$ Rappers (feat. Mod Sun & Metasota) (2012)
- Lady Killers (feat. Hoodie Allen) (2012)
- Marilyn (2012)
- Jack Skellington (2013)
- Been On (2013)
- Gotta Go (feat. BEND & Daniel Johnston) (2013)
- Far Alone (feat. Jay Ant) (2013)
- I Don't Believe You (feat. Team Robot) (2013)
- Almost Famous (2013)
- Tumblr Girls (feat. Christoph Andersson) (2014)
- Last Night (feat. Devon & KYLE) (2014)
- Sleepless (feat. NYLO) (2014)
- Let's Get Lost (feat. Devon Baldwin) (2014)
- I Mean It (feat. Remo) (2014)
- "I Mean It" (remix feat. Rick Ross)
- Lotta That (feat. ASAP Ferg & Danny Seth) (2014)
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|||
- "Artist To Watch: G-Eazy Is After World Domination". MTV. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
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- "Cornell University spotlight". Cornell University. 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
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