Born In: Oakland, California, United States
Gerald Earl Gillum, popularly known by his stage name G-Eazy, is an American rapper and record producer who got his big break with the mixtape The Endless Summer, which he self-released on the internet for free. He got recognition for the song Runaround Sue which featured American Idol contestant Devon Baldwin in the music video. G-Eazy, who doesn't consider himself a "natural" rapper who would nail it in the first try, had the passion and the entrepreneurial drive to make it big in the music industry. Even before releasing his first full-fledged album, he spent almost a decade in polishing his art and building a fan base. He has always dreamed big and aspired to reach heights that icons like Elvis Presley or Tupac achieved. Learning from his experience on the huge number of tours he has been a part of, he built up his brand from the ground up, emerging as a hip-hop heartthrob inspired by the style of the early 1950s and 1960s. His image, with black leather jackets and James Dean haircut, is reminiscent of the American Gangster era.
Also Known As: Gerald Earl Gillum
father: Edward Gillum
mother: Suzanne Olmsted
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: Loyola University New Orleans
U.S. State: California
City: Oakland, California
education: Loyola University New Orleans
His mother, was an artist, who worked as a part-time teacher at two different schools to raise G-Eazy and his brother, James. The family later moved to North Oakland, but he continued to attend school in Berkeley.
His mother started dating a woman named Melissa Mills when he was about 12 years old. While he became confused and embarrassed at first, he later accepted Mills as a family member; however, Mills suffered from depression and died of drug overdose when he was still very young. His mother, Suzanne Olmsted, passed away in November 2021.
G-Eazy started rapping while he was still in middle school in Oakley, California. At the age of 15, he and his friends put together a band named The Bay Boyz and began releasing their songs through their MySpace page.
In 2008, the song Candy Girl became widely popular, and was included in The Epidemic LP in 2009. As he started to attract fans, following the example of a band from his high school, he decided to begin touring to build up a fan base.
G-Eazy gained a foothold in the music industry with the release of the mixtape The Endless Summer in August 2011. The song Runaround Sue, which was sampled from the original 1961 No.1 song by Dion DiMucci, became a runaway hit and earned millions of views on YouTube.
He continued to tour around America in 2012, performing on the annual Vans Warped Tour in June and on the Excellent Adventure Tour in July, appearing alongside Hoodie Allen. In September that year, he made it to the 3rd place on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart with his self-released first full-length album, Must Be Nice.
On July 9, 2013, he joined Lil Wayne and T.I., performing on America’s Most Wanted Tour. During this tour, he performed songs from his next album, These Things Happen, which was his first album to be released by RCA Records the next year.
Following the success of his latest album, he embarked on his first overseas tour, From the Bay to the Universe. He appeared on national television for the first time in 2014 on Late Night With Seth Meyers, where he performed the song I Mean It live.
On December 4, 2015, he released his third studio album, When It's Dark Out, led by the single Me, Myself & I featuring Bebe Rexha, which peaked at No.7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He went on to collaborate with pop singer Britney Spears for the single Make Me..., which released on July 15, 2016.
Along with singer Kehlani, he recorded the song Good Life for the soundtrack of the 2017 movie The Fate of the Furious.
In December 2017, he released his fourth studio album, The Beautiful & Damned, featuring the singles No Limit, Him & I and Sober. The album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200, becoming the singer’s third US top 10 album.
His third studio album, When It's Dark Out, was received with positive reviews and made it to No.5 on the Billboard 200, as well as ranked No.1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album, which featured his hit single Me, Myself & I, has earned a Platinum certification from RIAA.
G-Eazy was once in a relationship with singer, actress, and model Devon Baldwin. They first met while studying at the Loyola University at New Orleans. He also dated Lana Del Rey at one point.
He was in a relationship with singer Halsey for several months before breaking up. In late 2018, it was reported that he was dating a woman named Christina Roseann Ray. However, that romance proved to be a short-lived one.
In early 2019, he was romantically linked to Yasmin Wijnaldum, a Victoria's Secret model. In 2020, he also dated actress Ashley Benson.