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Gerald Earl Gillum, better known as G-Eazy (born May 24, 1989) is a rapper from Oakland, California. The self-proclaimed "James Dean of Hip-Hop", he's slowly yet steadily risen up to public consciousness over the years with his laid-back approach that mixes west coast hip-hop with southern styles (he did live in New Orleans for a time). He is among the many artists that are bringing the once-dead west coast rap scene back to life, and he's easily the most successful white rapper to hail from California.
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G-Eazy released his debut album These Things Happen in 2014, which produced "I Mean It". The album debuted at #3 with 47,000 copies sold. In 2015, his second album ''When It's Dark Out" was released, and gave him his first Top 40 hit with "Me, Myself & I" (a duet with Bebe Rexha), and it went all the way to #7 on the Hot 100. It debuted two spaces lower on the chart, but in a twist, it sold much better with 135,000 sold in its debut week.

You can expect to hear about alcohol, weed, and partying a lot in his music. However, compared to other rappers, he portrays the lifestyle in a bit more 'real' sense. While he does glorify those things a lot, he also admits that it can be a double-edged sword, and that the lifestyle is dangerous. This makes his subject matter something of a deconstruction.

Not to be confused with Eazy-E.

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  • Alliterative Name: His real name is Gerald Gillum.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: He does this in Grace's "You Don't Own Me" and Britney Spears' "Make Me".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He is a rapper after all.
  • Deconstruction: Some songs portray the Sex, Drugs, and Hip-Hop life in a more 'real' sense. "Me, Myself & I" for example portrays his lifestyle as dangerous, because his heavy drinking has led to a muddy liver. However, it feels too good to pass up.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": His rap name comes from his school name "GE", because he thought "Gerald" was a dumb name. He's admitted that "G-Eazy" is kind of a stupid name too, but it's too late for him to change it now.
  • Groupie Brigade: Many of his female fans will be willing to sleep with him if given the chance. "Lotta That" brags about it in the chorus.
  • "I Want" Song: "One Of Them" epitomizes this trope. It's a song about him not being satisfied with what he already has and longing for more materialistic needs.
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  • Mr. Fanservice: He has a massive female fanbase, and it has little to do with his music.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: To an extent. He mixes west coast hip-hop with southern influences, as a result to being a part of both scenes in the Bay Area and New Orleans.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Sad Boy".
  • Ode to Intoxication: Many songs describe his love for alcohol and drugs. "Lotta That", is a standout example.
  • One Head Taller: He's 6'5".
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He admits he was like this in his early years, and some of his lyrics give this impression (though that may be intentional).
  • Rags to Riches: Like most rappers, he's risen from relative poverty into fame and fortune. This is the subject of several songs, such as "One of Them".
    "See, normal people, I am not one of them."
    "Sorry, sorry. See, normal people, I am not one of them."
  • Really Gets Around: "I Mean It" has him boast about how he can get any girls he wants, even ones that are already married.
    "I'm fucking your girlfriend, and there's nothing you can do about it."
  • Refrain from Assuming:
    • "Sad Boy" is not called "What You So Sad For?".
    • "Why Thank You" is not called "Feeling Better Than I Ever Felt". The title only appears twice in the chorus, whereas the latter is repeated numerous times.
  • Retraux: He's known for his "greaser" look reminiscent of The '50s. His vintage style has given him a lot of respect with fans.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: His lifestyle, by his own admission. He admits it's not without massive drawbacks, which has been the subject of his music.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's very well dressed compared to other rappers. This is modeled after the business world, where professionals wear expensive suits in black colors.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: ** "Lets Get Lost" is a ballad, preformed as a duet with Devon Baldwin.
    • "Me, Myself & I" is much cleaner when compared to his other songs.
    • "Sad Boy" portrays the more introspective and less materialistic side of Gerald.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: 6'5"? Check. Slicked back black hair? Check. Mr. Fanservice with a Groupie Brigade everywhere he goes? Check.
  • Token White: He's one of the only white rappers from California who's gained any attention.
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