Last year, few knew his name, but now he’s taking the hip-hop world by storm, one chart-topping hit single and album at a time.
Gerald Earl Gillum, most notably known by his stage name as G-Eazy, first stepped foot onto the music scene with his 2011 mixtape “The Endless Summer.” Fast forward to 2014—his first studio album “These Things Happen” was released and started to gain attention.
Now at 26, the Bay Area rapper– who will perform in LA next week– released his sophomore studio album, “When It’s Dark Out,” in December (currently 13 on the Top 200 Billboard chart). His most successful track, and current single, “Me, Myself and I” featuring Bebe Rexha, has received worldwide recognition and has shattered the rap charts.
His growth and evolution as an artist, songwriter and producer was inspired by personal experiences.
“People evolve through time…I mean we all do,” G-Eazy said. “Things we go through, things we encounter and experience. A lot happened within the last two albums, I traveled the whole world, my life changed completely, so naturally you hear some of that in the music.”
He has been vocal on being a Gemini. Gemini’s can withhold the characteristic of possessing two personalities. Gerald versus G-Eazy.
Tracks such as “Everything Will be OK” and “Me, Myself, and I” dive into the emotional perspective of the rapper, which is described as the mind of Gerald.
“Gerald is an ordinary guy, and G-Eazy is an extraordinary super villain. The album’s definitely a mix of both,” he said.
The “When It’s Dark Out Tour” features opening acts A$AP Ferg, Marc E. Bassy and Nef the Pharaoh. The acclaimed rapper describes the production and set design as very eccentric, and is the most theatrical he has ever done.
The entire process has been completely surreal, selling out notable venues and arenas.
“Selling out The Target Center in Minneapolis was crazy, knowing that’s where the [Minnesota] Timberwolves play. It was a night I’ll remember the rest of my life” he said.
Be sure to catch G-Eazy as he brings his tour to The Shrine Expo Center on Feb. 9 and 10.