Gerald Earl Gillum, better known by stage name G-Eazy, is a figurehead of hip-hop in 2017.
Following ten plus years of grafting, G saw his big break in 2015 with pop smash hit ‘Me Myself & I’. Featuring an at the time little-known Bebe Rexha, the reflective single catapulted Gerald to the top of charts across the planet. Fast forward two years, tours with rap royalty, and a whole album promo cycle – G-Eazy is now a household name.
As we speak in August 2017, G is in the build up to his fifth studio album The Beautiful and Damned. He explains, “The album is very much about Gerald vs G-Eazy and the everyday struggle of finding the balance between them.
“As I continue to grow as an artist as well as a person I think that will also reflect in my music, which in turn diversifies each project from the next. I never like staying in one spot, I’m always catching inspiration and finding ways to move forward.”
Constantly being on the move is very much a part of the G-Eazy’s lifestyle in 2017. The past two years has seen him rarely step off the tour bus, but in the little time he did spend at home, he built a studio and recorded the majority of the forthcoming record there… “I draw inspiration from everything and anything around me. You never know what will spark an idea for a next song.“
His day to day life is pretty crazy too. From sold out shows all around the world, to studio days with Snoop Dogg, Carnage and Jadakiss. His personal highlights so far? “Riding on the Golden State Warriors championship parade through Oakland with the team was definitely a standout moment for me. Getting to do stuff like that is always a dream, but for me my biggest moments are getting my mom a house and a car & telling her she’ll never have to worry about money again.”
G is on top of the next wave of hip-hop too… “Playboi Carti and Uzi have a nice wave going right now. I’ve also been fuckin with NAV and Belly and everything the X.O. camp has been doing. SZA’s album is also incredible that’s been on repeat.”
Speaking of the next wave, Gerald has ‘given back’ to his former university Loyola, in the form of filmed lectures. It’s fascinating to hear the details of his journey, from making beats in halls, to killing shows all around the globe. The wisdom he’d pass to Gerald back then, “Keep grinding, trust the process & stay true to your vision. I promise a breakthrough will come eventually.”
Some would ask what more G can do now he’s reached this status. “Keep going up. Keep building. Keep making music. Keep touring & playing shows for fans. Keep grinding. I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.”
One thing that’s for sure, if the new album is anything like the last, with the added influence of his crazy 16/17. It’s gonna be something real special.
Images by Caroline Quinn
Words by Sam Nahirny