From time to time it will be necessary to look back on all the “Indy” success stories in the music industry. Whenever such a time comes, G-Eazy will always be somewhere at the top of that list. This California-based rapper is the definition of a self-made musician.
His skill behind the microphone has earned him envious places in the Billboard charts and collaborations with established artists both within and outside his genre. As a serial lyricist, G-Eazy released three unforgettable albums in four years, between 2014 and 2017. Nevertheless, one has the feeling that the “Me, Myself and I” rapper and record producer is just starting out.
G-Eazy Bio, Wiki, Family
G-Eazy was born on 24 May 1989 as Gerard Earl Gillum. He has a younger brother, James, who plays the trumpet. His mother, Suzanne, and his father, art professor Eduard Gillum, separated when young Gillum was in first grade. His mother had then begun dating a woman named Melissa Mills, which confused Gillum. He eventually had to live with his grandparents in Berkeley, California, where he continued his education. They would later move to North Oakland. However, Gillum continued his education at Berkeley.
From 2008 to 2013, G-Eazy evolved from a would-be college student/artist to one of the top names to look out for in the new hip hop era.
Gillum attended Loyola University in New Orleans. There he met his producer Christopher Andersson, who was also enrolled there. In his early days, he was a member of a collaboration called “The Bad Boyz”, who had released several of their original songs on their myspace page. This and many other events led to him becoming a locally recognized talent in the East Bay Area. His biggest success at this time came when he was scheduled to open for artists like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg in 2010.
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G-Eazy’s mixtapes from 2009 and 2011 did not perform as well, or at least not as well as he had hoped. His 2011 project, The Endless Summer, included a number of songs. The most successful song on the mixtape was the remix of Dion Mucci’s 1961 hit “Runaround Sue”. The music video was viewed over four million times on YouTube. He worked on the project together with other celebrities like Erika Flowers, Greg Banks, and Devon Baldwin. In November 2011 he went on a nationwide tour for the album with Shwayze.
G-Eazy was also omnipresent on the Vans Warped Tour 2012, where he performed at every US date. A month later, he was on the Excellent Adventure Tour with Hoodie in cities across the United States.
In September 2012, Gillum released Must Be Nice, his first full-length for-profit album, completely independent of any label. The recording of the album was the exact opposite of his mixtape days. It reached number 3 in the iTunes hip-hop charts. This success obviously had something to do with Lil Wayne’s recall to reopen his America Most Wanted tour in 2013.
His next album These Things Happen was his first studio album under a major label, RCA Records. The album was released on June 23, 2014, in the USA and a month later in the UK. This album also landed at #3 on the US Billboard 200 charts and the top digital album charts. After the release, he went on a 40-day tour through the USA and Canada. He was accompanied by his artist colleagues Rocky Fresh, Tory Lanez, and KYLE. In October 2015 the album was awarded gold by the RIAA.
His next tour started on October 21, 2014. The sold-out tour was entitled From The Bay To The Universe and included dates in countries such as New Zealand and Australia.
G-Eazy has played at renowned music festivals such as Electric Forest, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and Made in America. The rapper is also something of a fashion fan and has teamed up with Rare Panther in fall 2015 to bring out a range of fashion items. His efforts in this regard and his sense of style earned him a place in GQ magazine’s “Top 10 Most Stylish” at New York Fashion Week.
His second studio album, When It’s Dark Out, was released on December 4, 2015. The single Me, Myself & I from the album made it to number 7 on the US Billboard 100. On the cover was singer Bebe Rexha. The tour for the album started in January 2016 and led through the USA, Europe, and Australia.
In 2016 he was also featured in Britney Spears’s song Make Me off on her ninth studio album. The duo sang the song on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016 and the iHeartRadio Music Festival in the same year.
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Gillum was nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2016. He was also nominated for a People’s Choice Award in 2017 in the category Favourite Hip Hop Artist. He won the latter.
G-Eazy has released a sequel to The Endless Summer Mixtape entitled The Endless Summer II and his third studio album entitled The Beautiful & The Damned on 15 December 2017.
G-Eazy Height, Net Worth
This presenter is a big guy standing at an intimidating height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.92 m). G-Eazy’s numerous albums, tours, and features have earned him a net worth of $9 million.
At various times in his career, there were rumors that G-Eazy was dating Lana del Ray and then Britney Spears. As early as 2011 there was a rumor that he had started a relationship with singer Devon Baldwin. It was reported that they clicked while working on his remix of the classic Runaround Sue and the subsequent music video. Currently, he is said to be dating a lady who is simply called Halsey.