G-Eazy’s Hip-Hop Hustle Is Finally Starting To Pay Off
Yesterday, that steady, five-year grind was finally rewarded with a debut album, These Things Happen, written and recorded over a past 12 months spent largely on the road touring the country—whether on his own, as an opener on Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz's America's Most Wanted Tour, or as recently a co-headliner with MMG's Rockie Fresh—and in Europe, from where he just recently returned. These Things Happen pulls in guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Jay Ant and Bay Area legend E-40, and proves to be his boldest step yet out away from the lazy Asher Roth/Hoodie Allen comparisons that have dogged him since he began making noise in the industry.
A few days before his album hit stores—where it launched at No. 1 on the iTunes Rap/Hip-Hop charts on Monday—G-Eazy stopped by the XXL offices to talk about the support of the OGs in his hometown, his relentless touring schedule and work ethic, and how he breaks away from easy stereotypes. —Dan Rys