G-Eazy

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G-Eazy
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G-Eazy in 2013
Background information
Birth name Gerald Earl Gillum
Born (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 26)
Oakland, California [1]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Labels
Associated acts
Website G-Eazy.com

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 raised in Berkeley, California. G-Eazy has released numerous mixtapes and EP's, his most recent release being 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 debut album. His next album will release in October 2015.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gillum was born in Oakland, California. Both his parents were Ukrainian Americans . In the first grade, Gillum and his mother moved in with his grandparents in Berkeley. They then moved into a home in North Oakland, although he continued to attend Berkeley schools. Gerald has gained recognition as part of the growing rap scene in the East Bay Area, joining artists such as Lil B and The Cataracs.[1][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] Gerald began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University.[4]

Solo career (2009–present)[edit]

With success from his earlier mixtapes, Gerald 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] 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 four 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 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.[17]

On June 23, 2014, G-Eazy released the album These Things Happen.

Personal life[edit]

Gillum graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011 attaining a BA in Music Industry Studies.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
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
  • Released: September 26, 2012
  • Label: None
  • Format: CD, digital download
33
These Things Happen
  • Released: June 23, 2014
  • Label: BPG, RVG, RCA Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
3 1 1 98 15 171 16
  • US: 131,000
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

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

EPs[edit]

  • Fresh EP (2008)
  • Nose Goes with Swiss Chriss (2011)
  • Must Be Nice with Christoph Andersson (2013)[19]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Lady Killers"
(featuring Hoodie Allen)
2012 Must Be Nice
"Marilyn"
(featuring Dominique Le Jeune)
"Far Alone"
(featuring Jay Ant and E-40)
2013 These Things Happen
"Almost Famous"
"Tumblr Girls"
(featuring Christopher Andersson)
2014
"Let's Get Lost"
(featuring Devon Baldwin)
"I Mean It"
(featuring Remo)
98 27 18
"Lotta That"
(featuring A$AP Ferg and Danny Seth)
114 32 21
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US AUS
[20]
BEL
[21]
NZ
[22]
"Fuck with U"
(Pia Mia featuring G-Eazy)[23]
2015 Non-album single
"You Don't Own Me"
(Grace featuring G-Eazy)
1 45 5 TBA
"Exotic"
(Quincy featuring G-Eazy)[24]
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

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 [25]
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 [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hildebrand, Lee. Hip hopper G-Eazy on the brink, San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 2014.
  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. ^ Shotwell, James (November 14, 2013). "FREE DOWNLOAD: G-EAZY RELEASES ‘MUST BE NICE’ REMIX EP". Under The Gun Review. SpinMedia. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography G-Eazy". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/15b336/Grace-feat.-G-Eazy-You-Don't-Own-Me
  22. ^ "charts.org.nz - Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  23. ^ http://www.thisisrnb.com/2015/05/new-music-quincy-feat-g- eazy-exotic/
  24. ^ http://www.thisisrnb.com/2015/05/new-music-quincy-feat-g-eazy-exotic/
  25. ^ "Best of the Beat 2011 Nominees". Offbeat Magazine. 8 December 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  26. ^ "The Best of the Booth 2011". DjBooth.net. December 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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