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G-Eazy solidifies his mark at The Shrine

Photo Credit: Melody Shahsavarani
Photo Credit: Melody Shahsavarani

Check out the interview with G-Eazy prior to his two sold-out shows here: https://highschool.latimes.com/hs-insider/g-eazy-sets-his-mark/

The sold-out crowd of 5,000 roared his name as the lights beamed on the motel set design, as he walked out with a skeleton bandana wrapped around his mouth. He stared into the crowd, eyes beaming, ripped the bandana off and dived into his anthem “Random.”

G-Eazy, 26, performed his first of two sold-out shows at the Shrine Expo Hall last week, which featured tracks from his mixtape “Must Be Nice” to his sophomore album “When It’s Dark Out.”

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The Oakland native never stopped the momentum as he embraced the stage. The energy of the room skyrocketed as the notable background beat of “One of Them” engulfed the room.

His stage presence was something that was never forgotten. Constantly jumping from one side to the next and engaging the audience with one rap song at a time. Truly thankful of the dedicated fans, the chart-topping rapper took the time to give his grateful regards.

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“When It’s Dark Out” was released back in December and currently resides as number four on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts. Following is the worldwide hit “Me, Myself, and I” standing in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart. His success is no overnight story, but a road of hardship and dedication.

G-Eazy treated fans with welcoming special guests to the stage. Opening acts Marc E. Bassy for their seductive track “Some Kind of Drug,” and ASAP Ferg for “Lotta That.” Gizzle made an appearance to their thought-provoking hit “What If.”

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His sincerity resonated with the audience throughout the night. His speeches felt genuine, inspiring his fans to set their dreams and be relentless.

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“We worked hard to get here, thinking back, I still can’t believe it,” the hip-hop artist said. “Don’t let anyone say, you won’t or you can’t.”

He then took a step back as G-Eazy and delved into the life of Gerald, the emotional aspect of his life. “Everything Will Be OK” was one of the hardest tracks he penned for his sophomore album “When It’s Dark Out.” The record recalls difficult times as a family, and the dark moment he discovered his mother’s late partner, Melissa, body on the floor one lonely night.

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As the soft chords, and Kehlani’s vocals seeped through the speakers, Eazy took a moment. The bridge awaited, he choked up a little bit, held back tears, and rapped the line “I shook her she was blue, her skin was cold, she wasn’t breathing.”

Positivity sparked when G-Eazy began his final introduction to his current chart-topping hit single. He beamed with happiness as he heard the screams all around when the beat to  “Me, Myself & I” began. Bebe Rexha, who contributes as the vocalist to the chorus, jumps out from the back and surprises the crowd. Joyous fans jumped up and down, and fist-pumped throughout the entire power anthem.

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As he exited, the chant began for his encore. Within a few minutes Eazy was back, sporting a Kobe Bryant jersey. His final two songs for the crowd was the humorous rap track “You Got Me” and his 2014 hit “I Mean It.”

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G-Eazy’s stage presence, engagement with the fans and exemplary setlist depicts the profound mark he has set in Los Angeles.