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Transcript of G-Eazy
When Gillum was in the first grade, his mother left his father (who is an associate professor of art at CSU Fresno) to move Gillum and his younger brothers (James Wolcott Gillum and Noah Gillum) in with his grandparents in Berkeley, California. They later moved to North Oakland, although Gillum continued attending school in Berkeley. When Gillum was around 12 years old, his mother began dating a woman, Melissa Mills; this initially confused and embarrassed Gillum, who didn't understand the change in his mother's personal life. However, as he came to accept Mills as a part of the family and grew close to her, Mills became depressed while on drugs to treat her manic depressive disorder. One day, Gillum came home to find Mills dead from an overdose. Gillum details his experience in the last verse of his track, "
Will Be OK
", on his second studio album, When It's Dark Out.
Raised in Oakland, CA, G-Eazy made the decision to enroll at Loyola University New Orleans because of their strong music industry program where he started to cultivate and craft his own inimitable style while still in college. For the budding artist, the partying wasn't nearly as important as creating. He missed more than a few keggers so he could lay down tracks in his dorm room for a series of buzz-generating mixtapes culminating in his 2011 breakout, Endless Summer.
Born Gerald Earl Gillum, he is a hip hop artist who is best known for his 2011 cover of the '60s hit Runaround Sue.
He joined his first rap group, Bay Boyz, as a teen and began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University of New Orleans.
His independent album The Endless Summer was nominated for Best Rap/Hip-hop Album or Mixtape by Best of the Beat in 2011.
He has a younger brother named James, who plays the trumpet.
He, like Lil B, is one of the rappers representing the Bay Area rap scene.
Were and When he was Born
Starting out as a record producer, G-Eazy began working on numerous singles while he was still a student at the Loyola University at New Orleans. He then gained some recognition for being a part of the new hip hop scene back in the East Bay Area, joining with such artists as Lil B, Crohn and The Cataracs. During his early years, he became a member of a local hip hop group, called "The Bay Boyz", who had released several songs on their official Myspace page.
In 2010, G-Eazy started gaining popularity when he was given an opportunity to open for some well-known artists, most notably Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.
G-Eazy's mixtapes at this period of time were met with limited success. In August 2011, he released The Endless Summer via his official site. The mixtape sampled a number of songs, most notably an updated version of 1961's US No. 1 hit song, "Runaround Sue", performed by Dion DiMucci. This song garnered over four million views via YouTube. The music video for "Runaround Sue" (featuring Devon Baldwin) was directed by Tyler Yee. The mixtape features guest appearances from Greg Banks, Erika Flowers and Devon Baldwin. In November 2011, Gillum embarked on his nationwide tour with Shwayze. "My Life Is a Party" was featured in the game Saints Row: The Third on an in-game radio station
Me Myself & I, I Mean it, Order More, Tumblr Girls, Everything Will Be Okay, Some Kinda Drug, Far Alone, You got Me, Calm Down, What if, Drifting. He's a Rapper,and a songwriter.
May 24, 1989 (age 26 years), Oakland, CA