American rapper G-Eazy first garnered widespread attention with his 2014 studio album, These Things Happen. Originally from Oakland, California, he started his career as a music producer in the late 2000’s. It wasn’t until later on that he started to get more involved in the hip hop scene.
Born on May 24, 1989, G-Eazy (Real name: Gerald Earl Gillum) spent the majority of his youth with his grandparents in the city of Berkley, after his mother left the family. After finishing high school, he studied at the Loyala University at New Orleans; ultimately, it was then that he first started to work as a record producer. During his student days, he produced a number of singles with help from Christoph Andersson.
Throughout the late 2000’s, he released several mix tapes including The Tipping Point, Sikkis on the Planet, Quarantine, and Big. From 2010 onwards, G-Eazy started to rise in popularity after being given the chance to collaborate with some well known artists including Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne.
How G-Eazy Became Famous
By 2011, his presence had grown significantly in the hip hop circuit. That August, G-Eazy independently released the mix tape, The Endless Summer. Produced by himself, it boasted eleven tracks including Outta Rocket RMX, All I could Do, Reefer Madness, Well-Know, Waspy, and Run. His first notable success, it also included several guest appearances from Erika Flowers, Greg Banks, Kam Royal, Skizzy Mars, and Devon Baldwin, among others.
One of the most noteworthy titles from the tape, a cover of Dion DiMucci’s Runaround Sue quickly became a sensation, garnering over 4 million hits on Youtube. Applauded by fans and critics alike, it later earned a nomination for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album or Mixtape.
G-Eazy’s Continued Success
In September 2012, G-Eazy delivered his debut studio album, Must Be Nice as a digital download. Independently released, it contained ten numbers- all of which were written by the rapper himself. Among the track list were Plastic Dreams, Stay High, Must Be Nice, Loaded, Hello, and Breathe; similar to his earlier efforts, the project featured many guest artists including Hoodie Allen, Mod Sun, DJ Carnage, and Johanna Fay, to name a few.
Then in 2014, his popularity spiked with the release of his hit album, These Things Happened. His major label debut, it debuted at number three on the US Billboard Top 200; it eventually also reached number one on the Top R&B Albums chart. Within the first week alone, more than 47,000 copies had been sold in the US.
Responsible for the singles Lotta That, Far Alone, I Mean It, Been On, and Almost Famous, the album eventually also charted in the United Kingdom and Australia. To date, over 500,000 units have been sold in the United States, a feat that later earned it gold certification from the RIAA.
From there, G-Eazy’s reached another high with his fourth studio album, When It’s Dark Out. Made available for pre-order via iTunes, it became a smash hit upon its release on December 4, 2015. Produced by the likes of Southside, The Arcade, Kane Beats, and DJ Spinz, among others, it debuted on the US Billboard Top 200 at number five, and at the top of the R&B Albums chart.
In one week, over 103,000 copies of the album were sold in the US. The rapper’s best-selling release to date, it eventually charted in several countries around the world including France, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Canada, and Australia. After being certified gold just a few months later, it received platinum accreditation from the RIAA in July 2016.
G-Eazy’s Collaborative Works with Other Artists
Like most artists, G-Eazy often collaborated with other musicians. For instance, he’s worked with Jay Fay, Doe B, Blackbear, Olivver the Kid, Borgore, The Neighbourhood, and Skizzy Mars. Some of said songs include: Ain’t Missing, When I Get Back, Got it like that (Eleven 11 Mix), 90210, and Forbes.
Perhaps most noteworthy of all is the platinum certified track, You Don’t Own Me, which went on to reach number 57 on the Billboard Top 200.
In 2016, the rapper also teamed up with pop idol Britney Spears for the song, Make Me…which has since sold over 500,000 copies in the United States.
G-Eazy’s Romantic Life
According to TMZ, G-Eazy is currently dating fellow music artist, Lana Del Rey. Allegedly, the two were spotting partying in Los Angeles for three consecutive nights this past May.
G-Eazy on Television and Film
As expected from a popular rapper, G-Eazy has been invited onto several TV talk shows including Late Night with Seth Meyers, Le grand journal de Canal+, Larry King Now, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Today, to name a few.
On the big screen, he will also be making his debut in the upcoming comedy, The Peach Panther (2017), starring Tommy Chong, Riff Razz, and Perez Hilton.
Recognitions and Awards Received by G-Eazy
With millions of fans around the world, it’s only natural the he’s received a few industry accolades. So far, he’s netted two MTV Europe Music Awards nominations- one of which he won (e.g. Favourite Hip Hop Artist) and a People’s Choice Award.
This March, he released an extended play titled, Step Brothers with DJ Carnage. A few months later, he announced through social media that he was working on his next studio album, The Beautiful and Damned and that it would be coming out this fall.
G-Eazy Snapchat Name – young_gerald
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G-Eazy’s Other Social Media Accounts
G-Eazy’s Facebook Account
Want to stay on top of his latest announcements? You can join millions of others in following the rapper on Facebook- you can find him at @G.Eazy.
G-Eazy’s Instagram Account
If you want a glimpse of the star’s life, you can view the images and videos that he posts on Instagram. You can follow him on the app at @g_eazy.
G-Eazy’s Twitter Account
Like many celebrities, G-Eazy is an active user on Twitter. Follow the rap star on the micro-blogging platform at @G_Eazy!
G-Eazy’s Youtube Account
For videos, you can subscribe to his official Youtube channel at @GEazyTV. As of 2009, the rapper has amassed more than 805K followers on the site.
Besides that, he also has a VEVO page on Youtube at @GEazyMusicVIDEO, where one is able to view most of his official music videos.