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Hip-Hop Hero G-Eazy

Oakland-raised G-Eazy is the Bay Area’s biggest rap act in a generation.


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by Bobby Bruderle

It’s still a half hour before the first pitch at an A’s game, but the tunnel leading to the home dugout is unusually packed. Leaning over the dugout railing, Sharpie and ball in hand, a fan announces, “I’m here for Eazy.”

The hype tonight surrounds East Bay rapper G-Eazy, who’s been touring behind his second studio album, When It’s Dark Out, and just flew in to deliver the first pitch for his hometown team.

The Berkeley High grad has been more or less living on the road since his major-label debut album, These Things Happen, dropped in 2014. With more than 120 million views on YouTube for his latest single, “Me, Myself & I,” G-Eazy—née Gerald Gillum—has proven that he’s not a one-hit wonder following his breakout song, “I Mean It.” Rather, G-Eazy has taken up the mantle as the Bay Area’s biggest hip-hop act. Not bad for a kid who started out slinging homemade tapes on Telegraph Avenue.

On July 8, he’ll headline the Shoreline Amphitheatre—a follow-up to his appearance at Outside Lands last summer.

“To get to come home and do something on that scale, in front of that many people—it’s a special feeling,” he says. “It’s a beautiful thing to get to travel the world and perform in all these places, but there’s a different energy at home.”  g-eazy.com.

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