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Return of the Real: G-Eazy’s Life is a Party (Exclusive Interview)Posted by Nathan S. on 05/13/11 | Filed under Features, Return of the Real, G-Eazy
I don’t sing. I don’t rhyme. I can’t produce tracks. I’m often the only non-rapper in a room. But I’ve always had an ear for good music and because of that, folks have respected my honest opinion. I don’t hold back. I’m also a fan of music. I actually remember when that meant something. RefinedHype has given me the opportunity to showcase a dope artist weekly, someone who is on the rise that has caught my ear and that you should definitely check out. This is "Return of The Real". Chea!
It was this March when I first heard G-Eazy. His track, "Dear Ms. Rose", had shown up in my inbox by way of Chad over at DonutsandMilk.com. They had known each other for a while and Chad was just spreading the word about the music. I’m happy he did. The witty track dedicated to the rap game’s muse Amber Rose (up for debate), had peaked my interest. By the time his track Out of Pocket featuring Chippy Nonstop crossed my path, I was ready to make space on my hard drive for more of his music.
A few weeks later his project The Outsider dropped and after one listen, I was a fan. I know what you’re thinking; it’s 2011 and there’s a rapper named G-Eazy, he can’t be serious (he explains the origin of the name in our interview). Don’t let the name turn you away from the artist and his music. Like he says in our interview, he’s an unexpected surprise. And in an industry of predictable storylines and cookie-cutter-rap-songs, G-Eazy isn’t a gimmick.
He’s dedicated to his craft.
Now in New Orleans, raised in Oakland and Berkeley, California, he continues to push his sound forward. G-Eazy makes many of his own beats and records at home. While I’m just catching his sound now, he’s got a pretty extensive discography and is constantly touring. His mission is to bring his music to the people.
In our recent interview we talked about his latest project, upcoming music and what’s next. Oh, and if you’re wondering yes he’s the rapper you found on your girlfriend’s iPod and couldn’t help but say that sh*t is dope.
ThroatChop: Let’s jump right in to it. You mention in your music getting a little flack for your name. Where does G-Eazy come from and how do you address folks who may not be willing to listen to the music because of the name?
G-Eazy: (Laughs) I mean come on it's a cheesy name. I've been going by that since I was like 13 and the times were a little different then. I thought it was cool at the time. Obviously I've kinda grown and evolved as an artist, but I kind of just laugh it off now. It's a brand, and like any other brand, once you build it up it won't really matter. Think of Nike or Apple; 30 years ago those words didn't mean what they do today. They didn't make you think of what you think of now when you hear them. I'm sticking with it. I know it turns a lot of people away but I kind of don't mind that, because when they press play it gives them an unexpected surprise. So much of rap these days is predictable as can be. I see somebody's name and picture, and I can already guess exactly how they're going to sound, how they structure their bars, and what their beats will sound like. I hope to be a little more unexpected.
ThroatChop: You're originally from Cali. I'm assuming college bought you to New Orleans. How has that move impacted your music and sound?
G-Eazy: I'd say it's changed my whole approach to music. The Bay area has it's own music scene, and I was very heavily inspired by that growing up. But once I got to New Orleans, my eyes opened up a bit, and I started to draw from what was around me here. New Orleans also has a very unique music scene, and it's very active. You can find a good show in this city any night of the week. I think one of the most inspirational shows I went to my freshmen year was Trombone Shorty. He put on a great show, that was one of the first things that made me want to focus more on improving my live show, and adding something to it most rappers didn't have.
ThroatChop: In your bio it reads, "G-Eazy's shows are like Mardi Gras with a Cali swag." Can you explain that energy a bit?
G-Eazy: We try to make the live show as exciting and as fun as possible. That's just a sentence my manager came up with to be able to pitch it and give people an image to think about. The way I see it, the live show is all we really have left in this business, so I try to preserve that as much as possible and put my all into it when I'm on stage. Mardi Gras is the biggest party, where anything goes. Cali is just me, who I am and where I'm from. You put the two together and hopefully you get that when you see my show.
ThroatChop: I've listened to your recent project The Outsider a few times. Which track would you say on that project speaks to who you are as an artists?
G-Eazy: Word, thanks for listening. I'd say track 1, the title track for sure. That record comes on and speaks to who I am and what I'm about, right off the bat. It's about where I'm at in the business, and my hunger to get to the next level.
ThroatChop: So, on the flip side of that, what's your most personal track on The Outsider?
G-Eazy: The most personal track has gotta be either Kings, or A Thing For Me. Kings is another record where I'm just telling the world who I am, but A Thing For Me is that record that combines a lot of my own experiences dealing with relationships, and piles them all into one story.
ThroatChop: I feel that. So, as we discussed you just put out the new project and you recently released a video for Kings, in addition to being on the road. Is there anything else in the works musically right now?
G-Eazy: I'm actually working on my next project, right now. I just took a break from producing this track to do this interview. The project is called Endless Summer named after the 60s surf movie. It's probably going to be an EP. Conceptually, it's based around that laid back summer vibe. I'm sampling almost all 50's and 60's tunes that my Mom used to play for me while I was growing up. I'm pretty excited about it.
ThroatChop: Ah, sounds dope. Definitely looking forward to that. Ok. So, when you look back on your work five years from now, what would you have wanted to accomplish?
G-Eazy: I really just want to constantly tour, and keep releasing music. But if I can say I've reached millions of people with my music, then that will be dope.
ThroatChop: As an artist, what impact do you want to have on the people who listen to your music?
G-Eazy: Hopefully something positive. If I tell a story in a song that somebody connects with, then that's dope. I definitely want to make a lasting impact with my music.
ThroatChop: I respect that. We've talked a lot about your music. So, what are you listening to on your iPod/MP3 player?
G-Eazy:: A lot of old 50's rock and 60's surf rock, because that's what I'm sampling on my new album. Other then that, Frank Ocean's record is dope. I like the new Beastie Boys album. I'm always listening to a lot of Nas and a Tribe Called Quest.
ThroatChop: Last but not least, a question I ask everyone featured on Return of The Real, what's next for you?
G-Eazy:: Drop this next project, and then tour! I'm trying to get to the west coast this summer, I haven't toured out there in a while, so it will be nice to go home.
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Play G-Eazy - The Outsider