Gerald backstage after performing in Chicago, IL.
|Birth name||Gerald Joshua Walker Jr.|
July 14, 1987 |
Chicago, IL, United States
|Origin||Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Based in New York, NY)|
|Genres||Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Alternative hip hop,|
|Occupations||Rapper, Record producer, vocalist|
|Years active||2007 - Present|
|Associated acts||Yelawolf, Trae The Truth, Strange Fruit Project, Add-2, XV|
Gerald Joshua Walker Jr. (born July 14, 1987) better known by his stage name Gerald Walker is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer.
1987-2010: Early life & career beginnings
Gerald Walker was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Bellwood and Matteson. His father, a college professor and Air Force veteran was African-American, while his mother, an executive Assistant at the Proviso Leyden Council, in Maywood, Illinois, is of African-American descent. When he was five years old, Walker's parents separated; this event would have a significant effect on Walker's personality and consequently his music. Walker attended Riverside University High School, and took classes at Columbia College Chicago during the summer. Upon graduation Walker studied Television at Columbia College for television sitcom and the Harvard University Extension School for creative writing
It was the summer after his high school graduation that Walker first began rapping, inspired by hip-hop groups such as Little Brother and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He moved to Chicago to pursue television while networking with other emerging artist within the city's music scene. In September 2009 Walker released his debut mixtape, Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, in collaboration with popular rap-based websites, 2dopeboyz.com & illRoots. The mixtape eventually caught attention of One Step at a Time Music, a Milwaukee-based marketing firm, which spawned his signing to the company later that year.
In 2010 Gerald Walker released his second official mixtape, I Remember When This All Meant Something..., as a free download on his Virb page. The mixtape consist of fifteen original tracks including three hidden bonus songs featuring production from, Symbolyc One, producer of Kanye West's 2010 single Power.
2011-2012: Believers Never Die...
In January 2011, Gerald Walker purchased a leased hip-hop instrumental from Dallas TX, based and Taylor Gang producer, Cardo. Walker then wrote, recorded and released the song entitled, "Here's Everything I've Always Meant to Say" as free download online. After pressure from Walker's friends he reluctantly emailed the finished song to Cardo - which to his surprise - was impressed and the two began demoing songs for amusement. In April 2011, Walker announced that he would be touring with Shady/Interscope Recording artist Yelawolf. In May 2011, while on tour Walker released his third official mixtape, On Your Side, a collaboration effort with producer, Cardo.
In June, Gerald Walker was featured on MTV's RapFix Live broadcast, where he appeared with other mainstream and popular artist including Lloyd Banks, Maino and Jim Jones. In September, Walker released his fourth mixtape The Other Half of Letting Go, in collaboration with popular street-wear brand Diamond Supply. The mixtape quickly catapulted Walker as an emerging artist in the hip-hop community. Amber McKynzie of XXL Magazine wrote: The mixtape might be titled The Other Half of Letting Go, but Gerald Walker is shaping up to be an artist that hip-hop shouldn’t let go unnoticed. The mixtape was the only hip-hop release featured in the Shepherd Express "2011 Essential Albums of the Year" list.
In November, The Source debuted the tracklist and cover art to Gerald Walker's second Christmas album It's Christmastime Again, Gerald Walker. Originally slated as a re-release to his debut Christmas album he re-recorded and released seven original songs. That marked Gerald Walker's third release in 2011 - all within' a six month time period.
In May 2013, after multiple hints and hashtags with the word "TARGET" via his Twitter Walker tweeted: "Paperwork Done. New Chapter Begins. My debut album "Target" coming this Fall! Confirming his independent label debut's title.
Albums & Mixtapes
- 2010: I Remember When This All Meant Something...
- 2010: A Gerald Walker Christmas EP
- 2011: On Your Side
- 2011: The Other Half of Letting Go
- 2011: It's Christmastime Again, Gerald Walker
- 2012: Believers Never Die
- 2012: On Your Side Part Deux (2012)
- 2012: Gerald Walker Christmas Collection Vol. 1 (2012)
- 2013: Target
- 2014: "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow"
Magazines & Features
- URB (March 2008)
- Stuck Magazine (2007)
- Feed Me Cool Shit Magazine (2006)
- Annex Magazine (2013)
- Gerald Walker I Remember When This All Meant Something (Mixtape). Okayplayer. Retrieved on 2010-08-27
- Enloe, Spencer (2011-08-16). "Gerald Walker Interview!". BlogorDiePGH (BOD). Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- Board, Will (17 September 2008), "Gerald Walker: The Season Relief Begins", www.feedmecoolshit.com
- Craddick, Mariah (January 14, 2011). "Chicago Rapper Gerald Walker Introduces "Life Music"". Gloss Magazine Online.
- Blanks, Geraud (September 29, 2010). "2004 Was The Turning Point for Rapper Gerald Walker". JSOnline.
- Gerald Walker- Gerald Walker's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend"
- "Gerald Walker – "Half of Life Is Fucking Up…The Other Half Is Dealing With It"/ "Get Your Money" with Will.I.Am"". October 12, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- OSAT MUSIC RECORDINGS INKS EXCLUSIVE RECORDING DEAL WITH RAPPER GERALD WALKER Debut EP Due Out on OSAT Records in the SPRING of 2008"
- Mixtape Round-Up: Sept. 3 to 9. The Daily Tar Heel Newspaper. Retrieved on 2009-09-09
- Tibbs, Sgt. (July 16, 2007). "Gerald Walker 'I Remember When This All Meant Something'". Chicago Now. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
- . Rubyhornet. Retrieved on 2010-10-27
- A Gerald Walker Christmas (FREep) & Interview . Ynotmydream.net. Retrieved on 2010-10-26
- "Gerald Walker - "Here's Everything I've Always Meant To Say"". Mostly Junk Food. January 13, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- Biral, David. (April 6, 2011). "Gerald Walker to Tour with Yelawolf". Two Kids From Vermont. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- Llamoca, Janice. (May 7, 2011). "Cardo & Gerald Walker - On Your Side". LA Leakers. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- http://losangelesleakers.com/2011/05/mixtape-cardo-gerald-walker-on-your-side-ep/. LA Leakers. Retrieved on 2011-05-09
- Chandel, Natasha. (September 15, 2011). "Gerald Walker freestyles on the "RapFix Live" anniversary show". MTV News. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- Ashley, Erin. (September 16, 2011). "Gerald Walker - The Other Half of Letting Go". Rawe Magazine News. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- McKynzie, Amber. (September 20, 2011). "Gerald Walker, The Other Half of Letting Go". XXL Magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- Rytlewski, Evan. (December 14, 2011). "Gerald Walker, The Other Half of Letting Go". Shepherd Express. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- Lynch, Sean. (November 14, 2011). "Gerald Walker & The Family - It's Christmastime Again, Gerald Wallker (Tracklist)". The Source Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
- Albin, Matt. (May 20, 2013). "Gerald Walker - The Inspiration (Feat. Cardo)". Fashionably Early. Retrieved May 21, 2013.