We here at ANDPOP want to help you be trendsetters, introducing you to brand new (or just underrated) music to tell your friends about — yes, that was a Weeknd reference. We want you to be that person who says “I knew him/her before everyone else” — a “music hipster” if you will. EVERY THURSDAY, our aim is to bless your ears with the music that you’ve never heard, but will never stop listening to. This week, like so many, we can’t get enough of G-Eazy.
California born and raised Gerald Gillum (AKA G-Eazy) began his career back in 2014, but it’s only been in recent months that the rapper has been put on everyone’s radar with his tunes starting to circulate airwaves and social media.
During his university years, G-Eazy took pen to paper and began writing his own songs. It was these songs that would garner him major recognition, and eventually nab him an opening act spot for Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. In 2011 he released his first mixtape The Endless Summer on his official site, which features his updated rendition on Dion DiMucci’s 1961 hit, “Runaround Sue”. The track proved to be a hit, reaching four million views on YouTube.
Music was always a constant role in his life and, like many artists, the rapper used his struggles from childhood as his inspiration. This is plain to see in his incredible moving track “Everything Will Be OK,” a collaboration with another of our faves, Kehlani.
In 2012, Gillum was added to all the Vans Warped Tour U.S dates, toured with Britian’s Hoodie Allen and released his first full-length album, Must Be Nice. Despite it being released independently, the album reached the third spot on iTunes’ Hip-Hop chart, and earned him the opening act spot on 2 Chainz and Lil’ Wayne’s America’s Most Wanted Tour. In 2014, he released his second album, These Things Happen — which reached the third spot on Billboard 200.
Most recently, the 27-year-old can be heard on some of this summer’s hottest albums, including on the soundtracks for Suicide Squad and Ghosbusters. There’s also “Make Me…,” that little collab he did with the Britney Spears on her comeback album, Glory.
With already countless collaborations under his belt and long list of big name supporters, something tells us G-Eazy will have a busy year ahead of him.
Name: Gerald Earl Gillum
Known For: His rap and pop collaborations
File Next To: Hoodie Allen
Download Now: “Calm Down”
RAPID FIRE FACTS:
- At one point he was part of a local hip hop group called, The Bay Boyz.
- He collaborated with Australian songstress, Grace, in releasing an updated version of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” for the Suicide Squad soundtrack.
- He had an opportunity to tour with Drake but had to cancel after being told he would fail a class if he missed another day.
- He attributes his style to the late and great, Johnny Cash.
“Saw It Coming”
“Me, Myself & I”