5 Quintessential G-Eazy Songs
Gerald Earl Gillium is a 25 year old indie rapper who was born and raised in Oakland, California, but who is G-Eazy? I could go on for days about the nuances of what makes G-Eazy my favorite rapper, and what songs have helped to define him, but as many people only have a few minutes to give a rapper their chance to make an impression, I have put together a quick list of songs to help you decide whether or not G-Eazy's music is right for you. So without further ado, here's 5 songs you should check out to really understand G-Eazy and what he's all about.
The quintessential G-Eazy song, coming off of his upcoming project These Things Happen. Everything from the sound to the music video is a throwback to his days in 2006, when he was 17 working to finance his dream of being a bay rapper/producer. This song goes over everything from his love of women and drugs, to his story of grinding out music with The Bay Boyz at his home, to create a name for himself and achieve the fame he desired.
Yeah, blue jeans, Air ones and a white tee
'06 hangin' out the window like, yee
Hyphy on one, off a bottle might be, my tree
Smokin' Agent Orange, Hi-C
Back when me and Marty was recordin' at my Mom's
Most of y'all were chasin' around bops
G-Eazy's highest selling song, his final single to his album Must Be Nice prior to it's release in 2012, and an exellent example of what he is capable of in production when he has to start from scratch, this song features one of his most well known associates Hoodie Allen. Lady Killers discusses how the dapper rapper will take your girl if you are not too careful, and he has no regrets to doing so...
I been through like a hundred cities
Signed a thousand titties, I'm talkin' millions of bitties
I'm a dog, I chase that kitty, if your girlfriend is pretty
Chances are I'm tryin' to snatch so I could slay and take her with me
Runaround Sue is the song that gained G the vast majority of his popularity from. He specialized in chopping up his mothers old records and adding 808s and making a song that slaps, but still relates with people the way the classic Doo-Wop Pop songs like Dion’s 1961 Runaround Sue does. This song along with it’s video really helped establish his position, and is worth checking the classic 1960’s style video as well...
A tough act to follow
But you fooled me, bravo
Can't believe I fell for your bull, Chicago
Can't believe you asked me to stay, nah ho
I'm out of here with rocket power, babe, Otto
G emphasizes his desire and will for fame, while humbly being grateful for where he has ended up, still showing the passion and will to move up to the next level in the game. He tells the tale of how his opportunities and challenges have flown past him so fats he feels like he was in college a moment ago and has suddenly moved up to the limelight, now he wants to be all across the country on TV and radio, spreading his music.
Dreams of being on TV, no Requiem
I just want to live this dream, will it be what I imagined
But nothing tops making a living off your passion
So either way I'm chasing after something I ain't never had
Woke up today feeling hungry as I ever have
And I don't usually ever brag
But these dreams aren't far anymore, you can tell them that
One of G's best songs to date, Been On disbands the theory that G is another Macklemore coming in to simply make a profit off of the new mainstream desire for indie Hip-Hop. G has been stealing hoes, been smoking dro, and been wearing ill ass clothes. That's just what he's been on... (Also worth checking out the remix he did with Rockie Fresh of MMG and Tory Lanez)
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