Gerald Earl Gillum (born May 24, 1989) better known by his stage name G-Eazy is an American rapper, songwriter and producer most known for his sample of the 1960s hit Runaround Sue.
1.1 Early career,
1.2 Solo career (2009-present),
2 Personal life,
4 Awards and nominations,
6 External links,
Raised in Oakland, California, Gillum has gained recognition as part of the growing hip hop scene in the area, joining artists such as Lil B and The Cataracs. Having an interest in making music at a young age G-Eazy put together a local group known as the 'Bay Boyz' who released a number songs via their Myspace page. He began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University of New Orleans.
Solo career (2009-present):
With success from his earlier mixtapes, Gillum continued to release further songs, notably "Waspy" and "Candy Girl". The latter as of 2011 having attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace. Continuing to combine both his studies and music, in 2009 G-Eazy won the NAACP Best Music on Campus Woodie; Late 2010 saw Gillum being handed the opportunity of appearing as an opening act for the rapper Drake. In recent years, he has opened for a number of other artists such as Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.
In August 2011, G-Eazy released the mixtape The Endless Summer via his official site. The mixtape samples from a number of other songs, most notably an updated version of the 1950 US No. 1 hit "Runaround Sue" by Dion Dimucci, which has gone on to garner over three million views via YouTube(Directed By Tyler Yee). It features collaborations with artists such as Greg Banks, Erika Flowers and American Idol contestant Devon Baldwin.
During November 2011, Gillum embarked on a nationwide tour with Shwayze.
Released on "Dreams and Dream Killers" by Circa '87, as well as G-Eazy's The Outsider, the track "My Life is a Party" was featured in the game Saints Row: The Third. The song can be heard on one of the in-game radio stations "95.4 KRhyme FM".
Beginning from 16 June 2012, Gillum performed at every venue during the annual Summer Warped Tour.
On July 25, 2012, the Excellent Adventure Tour was announced which featured Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy. The two performed in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Columbia (Missouri), Lincoln, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlottesville, and Philadelphia.
Finishing his G-Eazy Must Be Nice Tour with a run of over 30 sold out shows he has continued to be featured in numerous sold out shows everywhere from New York to Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.
G-Eazy graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011 attaining a BS in Music Industry Studies. During an interview in December 2011 with the Student Publication of the University at Buffalo, Gillum explained his decision to pursue both music and education "I knew I had to go to college, but I knew I wanted to pursue music, that's why I chose Loyola. I've been lucky enough to meet people, and I knew I had until college was over to get it all done." Gillum has one brother, James Wolcott Gillum, 3 years younger. James plays trumpet, entered the Music program at Loyola University New Orleans in 2010, and is very close to Gerald. Gerald and James were raised by their mother, artist Suzanne Olmsted. His brother is a big inspiration to his music. Gerald is also close friends with New Hampshire rapper Jack Salvatore of the collective Polo and Shades.