G-Eazy

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G-Eazy
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G-Eazy performing at Roseland Ballroom in 2013
Background information
Birth name Gerald Earl Gillum
Born (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 25)[1]
Oakland, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, songwriter
Years active 2007–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Devon Baldwin, Black Lung, Mod Sun, Skizzy Mars, Hoodie Allen
Website G-Eazy.com

Gerald Earl Gillum (born May 24, 1989) better known by his stage name G-Eazy is an American rapper, songwriter and producer.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] He began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University of New Orleans.[4]

Solo career (2009-present)[edit]

With success from his earlier mixtapes, Gillum continued to release further songs, notably "Waspy" and "Candy Girl".[5] The latter as of 2011 having attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace.[6] 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.[7][8] In recent years, he has opened for a number of other artists such as Lil Wayne[9] and Snoop Dogg.[10][11]

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 three million views via YouTube (Directed By Tyler Yee).[12] It features collaborations with artists such as Greg Banks, Erika Flowers and American Idol contestant Devon Baldwin.[13]

During November 2011, Gillum embarked on a nationwide tour with Shwayze.[14]

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".[15]

Beginning from 16 June 2012, Gillum performed at every venue during the annual Summer Warped Tour.[16]

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.[citation needed]

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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

G-Eazy graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011 attaining a BS in Music Industry Studies.[18] 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."[19] Gillum has one brother, James Wolcott Gillum, 3 years younger. James plays trumpet, entered the Music program at Loyola University New Orleans in 2010, and is very close to Gerald. Gerald and James were raised by their mother, artist Suzanne Olmsted. His brother is a big inspiration to his music.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B/HH US Rap CAN
These Things Happen 3 1 1 15
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Sikkis on the Planet (2007)
  • The Tipping Point (2008)
  • Quarantine (2009)
  • Big (2010)
  • The Outsider (2011)
  • The Endless Summer (2011)

EPs[edit]

  • Fresh EP (2008)
  • Nose Goes EP w/ Swiss Chriss (2011)
  • Must Be Twice EP w/ Christoph Andersson (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • 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)[20]
  • "I Mean It" (remix feat. Rick Ross)[20]
  • Lotta That (feat. A$AP Ferg & Danny Seth) (2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Nominated work Result Ref
2009 MtvU Awards Best Music on Campus Nominated
2011 Best of the Beat Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated [21]
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 [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://itsnoteazy.wordpress.com/?s=birthday
  2. ^ "A Berkeley High star-turned-rapper takes tumble". Berkelyside News. November 21, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cornell University spotlight". Cornell University. 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Samuels, Diana. "Sir Remix-a-lot - A Loyola student discovers you don't need a recording contract to make money making music", The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 29, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2011. (Also reprinted as a blog post titled "A Loyola student learns you don't need a recording contract to make money making music" on September 29, 2008.)
  5. ^ "G-Eazy drops new album - Life & Times - The Maroon - Loyola University New Orleans". Loyolamaroon.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Myspace". Myspace. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Brooklyn Projects. "Interview: G-Eazy". Brooklynprojects.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The LAST @a3c article: 18 top acts that smashed and The Most Honorable Mentions..EVER", Urb Magazine, October 19, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Swan, Rachel. "The G-Eazy Life | Music | Oakland, Berkeley & the Bay Area". Eastbayexpress.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "TUCP Spring Concert". Tulane University Campus Programming. March 15, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ Savage, Emily. "Localized Appreesh: G-Eazy" San Francisco Bay Guardian, November 22, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Official video of G-Eazy's "Runaround Sue" on YouTube
  13. ^ "The Endless Summer (Free Album)". G-Eazy.com. August 12, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ Dirty Laces (November 2011). "Shwayze tour dates". Songkick.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Saints Row: The Third Soundtrack - 95.4 KRhyme FM". December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Warped tour dates". Vans Warped Tour. June 16, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/g-eazy-announces-these-things-happen-tour-with-rockie-fresh-news.8933.html
  18. ^ Dirty Laces (August 23, 2011). "INTERVIEW: G-EAZY and The Endless Summer Release". Dirty Laces. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ "G-Eazy interview". Student Publication of the University at Buffalo. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-07-11. 
  21. ^ "Best of the Beat 2011 Nominees". Offbeat Magazine. 8 December 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  22. ^ "The Best of the Booth 2011". DjBooth.net. December 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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