G-Eazy

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G-Eazy
G-Eazy Lollapalooza 2015.JPG
G-Eazy perfoming in the Lollapalooza Music Festival in 2015
Background information
Birth name Gerald Earl Gillum
Born May 24, 1989
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Labels
Associated acts
Website G-Eazy.com

Gerald Earl Gillum known by his stage name, G-Eazy (or Young Gerald), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Oakland, California.[1] His major-label debut album, These Things Happen, was released in 2014 and peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. His second hit album, When It's Dark Out, was released on December 4, 2015.

Early life[edit]

When Gillum was in the first grade, his mother left his father (who is an art associate professor at CSU Fresno)[2] to move Gillum and his younger brother (James Wolcott Gillum) and younger brother (Noah Gillum) in with his grandparents in Berkeley, California. They later moved to North Oakland, although Gillum continued attending school in Berkeley. When Gillum was around 12 years old, his mother began dating a woman, Melissa Mills, which initially confused and embarrassed Gillum who didn't understand the change in his mother's personal life.[3] However, as he came to accept Mills as a part of the family and grew close to her, Mills became depressed while on drugs to treat her manic depressive disorder. One day, Gillum came home to find Mills deceased due to a fatal overdose. Gillum details his experience in the last verse of his track, "Everything Will Be OK", on his second studio album, When It's Dark Out.[4]

Career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Starting out as a record producer, Gerald began working a numerous singles, while he was still attending as a sophomore at the Loyola University at New Orleans.[5] He then gained some recognition for being a part of this new hip hop scene at the East Bay Area; joining side with artists, such as Lil B, Crohn and The Cataracs.[6][7] During his early years, he became a member of a local hip hop group, called "The Bay Boyz" (who they, at the time, has been putting out these releases of numerous songs on their Myspace page).[8]

In 2010, Gillum started gaining popularity, when he was given an opportunity to opened for some well-known artists.[9] Most notably, he opened tours for fellow rappers Lil Wayne[10] and Snoop Dogg.[11][12]

Gillum's mixtapes at this period of time, were met with limited success. The most notable tracks from this time, included "Waspy" and "Candy Girl".[13] In 2011, one of those tracks attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace.[14][15] In August 2011, G-Eazy released his mixtape, The Endless Summer via his official site. The mixtape sampled a number of songs, most notably an updated version of 1961's US No. 1 hit song, "Runaround Sue" performed by Dion DiMucci, which garnered over four million views via YouTube. The music video for "Runaround Sue" featuring Devon Baldwin, was directed by Tyler Yee.[16] The mixtape features guest appearances from Greg Banks, Erika Flowers and a American Idol contestant Devon Baldwin.[17] In November 2011, Gillum embarked on his nationwide tour with Shwayze.[18] 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 "My Life Is a Party" was heard on one of the in-game radio stations, "95.4 KRhyme FM".[19]

On June 16, 2012, Gillum performed all United States dates on the annual Van's Warped Tour on the "House of Marley" stage.[20][21] 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, Columbus, Des Moines, New Orleans, Atlanta, Austin, and Philadelphia.[22] On September 26, 2012, Gillum released his first independent album, titled Must Be Nice. The album landed at number 3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart, which was completely independent of a label.[23] On December 15, 2013, G-Eazy and Master Chen B performed the song, "Lotta That"; which included from Gillum's album, These Things Happen, in New York City.

On July 9, 2013, Gillum opened for Lil Wayne's "America’s Most Wanted Tour"; alongside 2 Chainz, which concluded on September 1 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.[24] On January 15, 2014, G-Eazy announced the his "These Things Happen Tour" with MMG's Rockie Fresh, KYLE and Tory Lanez. The tour ran for 40 stops throughout the United States and Canada from February until April 2014.[25]

2014–15: These Things Happen and When It's Dark Out[edit]

On June 23, 2014, G-Eazy released the major-label debut album, titled These Things Happen. The album topped the US Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B and Top Rap Albums charts, also earning him the number 3 spot on the US Billboard 200 and the Top Digital Albums Chart, selling nearly 265,000 copies to date.[26] On October 21, 2014, Gillum embarked on his sold out "From the Bay to the Universe" tour. The tour led across the globe to countries like Australia and New Zealand for his first headlining tour overseas.

During summer of 2015, Gillum played some of the main stages at a series of notable music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Made in America and Austin City Limits. With the rise of his music career, Gillum has also taken up in interest in fashion by releasing a collaboration with Rare Panther in the fall of 2015 and being named GQ’s top 10 most stylish at New York Fashion Week last year.[27] Gillum’s sophomore album, When It's Dark Out, was released on December 4, 2015.[28]

Personal life[edit]

After graduating from Berkeley High School, Gillum moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University. While enrolled, he took classes on marketing, production and business. In 2011, Gillum graduated from Loyola University with a BA in Music Industry Studies.[29]

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 BEL CAN NZ UK UK R&B
The Epidemic LP
Must Be Nice: The Album
  • 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: 263,000
When It's Dark Out
  • Released: December 4, 2015
  • Label: BPG, RVG, RCA Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
5 1 1 36 140 10 34 6

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Tipping Point (2007)
  • The Epidemic LP (2009)
  • Sikkis on the Planet (2009)
  • Quarantine (2009)
  • Big: The Mixtape (2010)
  • The Outsider (2011)
  • The Endless Summer (2011)
  • Must Be Nice (2012)

EPs[edit]

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

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 LeJeune)
"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
"You Got Me" 2015 117 45 When It's Dark Out
"Me, Myself & I"[31]
(with Bebe Rexha)
10 3 1
"Random" 94 31
"Order More"
(featuring Starrah)
45
"Drifting"
(featuring Tory Lanez and Chris Brown)
98 33
"Sad Boy"
"—" 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
[32]
BEL
[33]
NZ
[34]
"Fuck with U"
(Pia Mia featuring G-Eazy)[35]
2015 Non-album single
"You Don't Own Me"
(Grace featuring G-Eazy)
1 45 5 TBA
"Exotic"
(Quincy featuring G-Eazy)[35]
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[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
R&B
US
Rap
"One of Them"
(featuring Big Sean)
2015 38 When It's Dark Out
"Some Kind of Drug"
(featuring Marc E. Bassy)
46

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Nominated work Result Ref
2009 MtvU Awards Best Music on a college campus Nominated
2011 Best of the Beat Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated [36]
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 [37]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ed Gillum, Professor". Fresnostate.edu. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  3. ^ "G-Eazy talks about "Everything Will Be Okay" (feat. Kehlani)". YouTube. 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  4. ^ "G-Eazy (Ft. Kehlani) – Everything Will Be OK". Genius. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  5. ^ 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.)
  6. ^ Hildebrand, Lee. Hip hopper G-Eazy on the brink, San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "A Berkeley High star-turned-rapper takes tumble". Berkelyside News. November 21, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cornell University spotlight". Cornell University. 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ Brooklyn Projects. "Interview: G-Eazy". Brooklynprojects.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Swan, Rachel. "The G-Eazy Life | Music | Oakland, Berkeley & the Bay Area". Eastbayexpress.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "TUCP Spring Concert". Tulane University Campus Programming. March 15, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ Savage, Emily. "Localized Appreesh: G-Eazy" San Francisco Bay Guardian, November 22, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  13. ^ "G-Eazy drops new album - Life & Times - The Maroon - Loyola University New York". Loyolamaroon.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Myspace". Myspace. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The LAST @a3c article: 18 top acts that smashed and The Most Honorable Mentions..EVER", Urb Magazine, October 19, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  16. ^ Official video of G-Eazy's "Runaround Sue" on YouTube
  17. ^ "The Endless Summer (Free Album)". G-Eazy.com. August 12, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ Dirty Laces (November 2011). "Shwayze tour dates". Songkick.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Saints Row: The Third Soundtrack - 95.4 KRhyme FM". December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Warped tour dates". Vans Warped Tour. June 16, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Vans Warped Tour 2012 announce stage lineups". Alternative Press. March 19, 2012. Retrieved Jan 3, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Hoodie Allen + G-Eazy Excellent Adventure Tour Dates + "Plastic Dreams" (feat. Johanna Fay) | Tour Dates + New Song | this song is sick". this song is sick. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  23. ^ "Must Be Nice, by G-EAZY". G-EAZY. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  24. ^ Zerbib, Kathy. "'America's Most Wanted' Tour Ends On High Note In Irvine". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  25. ^ "G-Eazy Announces "These Things Happen" Tour With Rockie Fresh". Hotnewhiphop.com. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  26. ^ "G-Eazy | ACL Music Festival". Aclfestival.com. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  27. ^ Sebra, Matthew. "The 10 Best-Dressed Men at New York Fashion Week". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  28. ^ "G-Eazy Details The Creation Of His Sophomore Album. On January 6th 2015, Gillum launched his second world tour; going all over the United States, Europe and Australia [New Video]". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  29. ^ "Meet G-Eazy: A Rapper Who Outsells Phish But Is Still 'Almost Famous'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  30. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/charts-dont-lie-january-13th-news.19603.html
  31. ^ "Me, Myself & I - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  32. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography G-Eazy". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  34. ^ "charts.org.nz - Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "New Music: Quincy feat. G-Eazy – Exotic | ThisisRnB.com - Hot New R&B Music, Videos, News". ThisisRnB.com. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  36. ^ "Best of the Beat 2011 Nominees". Offbeat Magazine. 8 December 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  37. ^ "The Best of the Booth 2011". DjBooth.net. December 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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