Artist To Watch: G-Eazy Is After World Domination

The Bay Area native has big plans.

A few weeks back, you may have opened iTunes or checked out Billboard and seen a name near the top of the charts and thought, who’s that?

That, my friends, was G-Eazy.

The Oakland native caused waves with the release of his debut album, These Things Happen, in June, becoming another example of an independent artist doing it on a major level. Now’s your chance to figure out what all that noise is about.

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Who he is:

The 25-year-old, born Gerald Earl Gillum, just released his debut album, These Things Happen, on June 23. The disc moved an impressive 46,000 units in its opening week, which was good enough to top the Billboard Rap Albums chart and debut at No. 3 on the 200.

You don’t just make that kind of splash — as an independent artist, no less — by coming out of nowhere. And though it may seem like that’s the case with Eazy to some, he’s got a consistent grind to credit for the spot he’s currently positioned himself in.

The West Coaster put out his first mixtape in 2007, and since then has dropped a handful more, as well as a few EPs. But his music doesn’t just reach fans through the Net. The up and comer has been making believers out of concertgoers across the country, including on his nationwide headlining These Things Happen Tour this year.

Why you need to listen to him:

Are you a fan of music that’s catchy? He’s got that. What about joints that make you wanna party? Check. Looking for tales of a love gone awry? Yeah, that’s here, too.

Also, you wanna be early (kinda) on someone that’s about to blow, right? G-Eazy has a seasoned ear for infectious production and a clear, decisive flow to match. Check out his MTV Artist To Watch live performance of “Far Alone” for proof.

What you need to listen to:

You’ve probably gotten the hint by now, but if not: Listen to These Things Happen. On it, “The James Dean of Hip-Hop” is eager to prove that he’s neither a gimmick nor just passing through; the kid has plans to be around for a long time.

On the project, there are tracks like “Opportunity Cost,” where he balances raps about touring across the globe and attending out-of-control pool parties with sentiments that almost anyone can relate to: “Me and some of those who’s closest to me haven’t spoken much,” he raps at one point, before admitting, “I know I should keep in better touch.”

Then there are tracks like “I Mean It” featuring Remo, which you can download a free copy of below.

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