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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
Associated acts
Website G-Eazy.com

Gerald Earl Gillum (born May 24, 1989), known by his stage name, G-Eazy (or Young Gerald), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Oakland, California. His major-label debut album, These Things Happen, was released in 2014 and peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. His second studio album, When It's Dark Out, is scheduled for release on December 4, 2015.

Early life[edit]

Gerald Earl Gillum was born on May 24, 1989, in Oakland, California to Ukrainian Americans parents. When he was in first grade, Gillum and his mother moved in with his grandparents in Berkeley, California. They later moved to North Oakland, though Gillum continued attending school in Berkeley.


Career beginnings[edit]

Gerald gained recognition for being a part of the growing hip hop scene in the East Bay Area, joining with such artists as Lil B and The Cataracs.[1][2] During the early years, he started to get interested in making music, while he was a member of a local group known as the "Bay Boyz" (they released a number of songs from their Myspace).[3] Gerald began to produce a number of singles while he was attending as a sophomore at Loyola University at New Orleans.[4]

G-Eazy performs at the Lollapalooza Music Festival in 2015
G-Eazy performs at Lollapalooza 2015.

With failure from his earlier mixtapes, Gerald continuing releasing songs, most notably "Waspy" and "Candy Girl".[5] In 2010, Gillum saw the opportunity to appear as an opening act for the rapper Drake.[6] In 2011, one of those tracks latter have attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace.[7][8] During his recent years, he has opened tours 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 sampled from a number of other songs, most notably an updated version of the track, 1961 US No. 1 hit "Runaround Sue" performed by Dion DiMucci, which garnered over four million views via YouTube. The music video was 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 of June 16, 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 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 completely independent of a label. [17]

Starting on July 9, 2013, Gillum opened for Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on the “America’s Most Wanted Tour”, which concluded on September 1, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. [18] 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.[19]

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 200,000 copies to date.[20] On October 21, 2014, Gillum embarked on his sold out “From the Bay to the Universe” tour. Gillum took the “From the Bay to the Universe” tour across the globe to countries such as 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, 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. [21] Gillum’s sophomore album, When It's Dark Out, is expected to be release on December 4, 2015. [22]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Gillum graduated from Loyola University at New Orleans, attaining a BA in Music Industry Studies.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
The Epidemic LP
Must Be Nice
  • Released: September 26, 2012
  • Label: None
  • Format: CD, digital download
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
- - - - - - -


  • The Tipping Point (2008)
  • Sikkis on the Planet (2009)
  • Quarantine (2009)
  • Big (2010)
  • The Outsider (2011)
  • The Endless Summer (2011)
  • Must Be Nice (2012)


  • Fresh EP (2008)
  • Nose Goes with Swiss Chriss (2011)
  • Must Be Twice with Christoph Andersson (2013)
  • "These Things Also Happened" with Christoph Andersson (2014)


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
"Lady Killers"
(featuring Hoodie Allen)
2012 Must Be Nice
(featuring Dominique Le Jeune)
"Far Alone"
(featuring Jay Ant and E-40)
2013 These Things Happen
"Almost Famous"
"Tumblr Girls"
(featuring Christopher Andersson)
"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 When It's Dark Out
"Me, Myself & I"[23]
(with Bebe Rexha)
83 32
"Random" 117 48
"Order More"
(featuring Starrah)
"—" 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
"Fuck with U"
(Pia Mia featuring G-Eazy)[27]
2015 Non-album single
"You Don't Own Me"
(Grace featuring G-Eazy)
1 45 5 TBA
(Quincy featuring G-Eazy)[28]
"—" 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 [29]
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 [30]


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  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.)
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  6. ^ Brooklyn Projects. "Interview: G-Eazy". Brooklynprojects.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Myspace". Myspace. December 8, 2011. 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.
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  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. ^ "Must Be Nice, by G-EAZY". G-EAZY. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  18. ^ Zerbib, Kathy. "'America's Most Wanted' Tour Ends On High Note In Irvine". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  19. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/g-eazy-announces-these-things-happen-tour-with-rockie-fresh-news.8933.html
  20. ^ "G-Eazy". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  21. ^ Sebra, Matthew. "The 10 Best-Dressed Men at New York Fashion Week". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  22. ^ "G-Eazy Details The Creation Of His Sophomore Album [New Video]". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  23. ^ "Me, Myself & I - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography G-Eazy". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  25. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/15b336/Grace-feat.-G-Eazy-You-Don't-Own-Me
  26. ^ "charts.org.nz - Grace feat. G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  27. ^ http://www.thisisrnb.com/2015/05/new-music-quincy-feat-g- eazy-exotic/
  28. ^ http://www.thisisrnb.com/2015/05/new-music-quincy-feat-g-eazy-exotic/
  29. ^ "Best of the Beat 2011 Nominees". Offbeat Magazine. 8 December 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Best of the Booth 2011". DjBooth.net. December 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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