When it comes to hustling and money, there are ďno limitsĒ for G-Eazy (born Gerald Gillum). Just coming off the Beautiful and Damned Europe Tour, the rapper will once again hit the road for the second edition of the Endless Summer Tour later this month –†also recruiting Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign and more. The North American trek kicks off July 20 in Seattle, Washington and will stop in cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Atlanta.† ††
The upcoming tour, which is the follow-up to the inaugural run last year with Logic and YG, comes just in time to showcase†his recent summer releases including his latest†single ďDrop,Ē featuring Blac Youngsta and BlocBoy JB, and ď1942,Ē featuring Yo Gotti†and YBN Nahmir, as well as his surprise three-song EP, The Vault –†which was dropped on his 29th birthday back in May.† †
Thereís no rest for the wicked and the Bay Area native proves heís just that, living up to that statement to the fullest extent and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. With such a hectic schedule, itís nearly impossible to stay out of the headlines, especially when youíre an artist who is consistently†working on new material and rolling those specific†projects out appropriately.† ††
Most recently though, G-Eazy made headlines this time for a different reason. Former girlfriend Halsey announced on her Instagram Story that the two were ďtaking some time apartĒ after a year of being together on Tuesday (July 3).† † †
Before the official breakup announcement, Streets Talkin chatted with G-Eazy last Friday (June 29) about many subject matters, including his former partner. During the extensive interview, there were no signs of a breakup on the horizon and he even admitted they were just in the studio making records together. While itís uncertain whether the tracks will ever be released, he had nothing but endearing words to say about his now ex-girlfriend.† † † †
Hereís everything Young Gerald had to say about their relationship before the ďNow or NeverĒ singer announced the big news less than a week after the interview. He also talks about his creative process while on tour, the incredible summer hip-hop is having and his return to his hometown for the Golden State Warriors parade with E-40.† † † †
Streets Talkin: You just got off your European tour [and now youíre headed on another one]. Whatís the motivation behind that?
G-Eazy: The bag. Itís just what I do and just being grateful to have that platform to be able to do it because nothing is guaranteed and nothing is given. So once you get it, you really have to take advantage of it and get the most out of it.
In the Rapture documentary [on Netflix], you say that touring does get tiresome, so whatís the key to keeping going?
I guess you got to pace yourself. Itís like a Saturday night every night, and some fans may come to one show but you go to all of them. Itís just taking a lot of naps.
Youíre always on the road, but are you the type to write on the road? I know you recently dropped ďDropĒ [with Blac Youngsta and BlocBoy JB].
Yeah, I did that in Switzerland or something. Anytime I have a day offÖlike not a show day…Iíll be like can you book me a studio (in whatever city weíre in)? Going to the studio is making something brand new, you know? So thereís that exciting aspect of like this didnít exist before I walked in here and now, it does. You know, itís exciting.
Hip-hop is [having] a really exciting time right now! This past month…between DrakeÖeverything.
Hip-hop has never had a summer like this. Itís crazy!
No seriously! So who are you most drawn to with this past month of releases?
Ye. Heís reinvented the wheel and broken the mold so many times. The fact that heís still such like a progressive and an avant garde artist in thatÖstill disrupting.
And hip-hop has changed your life. You talked about it on Instagram. But just how did it change your life? I know you were sleeping on the couch. You were working hard.
The one thing that didnít change was the process and the work that goes into it. Itís changed in the sense of itís nice not to share hotel rooms and not tour in a van with that broken air conditioning, you know what Iím saying? But Iím still having fun and I still love making music and I think thatís the dopest part.
Being from the Bay, I feel like you pay it forward with the Bay rappers. Why is it so significant for the movement of the culture?
Because I always tell myself, if I ever crack this door open then Iím for sure feeling like keep that open and try to bring that soil with me. I was just in the Bay for a week recording and me and All Black did a whole EP in one night. We caught a vibe and me and him [were] like feeding off each otherís energiesÖbeing inspired. I think thatís crucial. Like always bring the culture with you and shine the light on that whether itís me bringing Nef the Pharaoh to tour or Marty. Always reminding people where this came from.
And I feel like you had that experience with E-40. Itís like that influence you can have on themÖitís kind of like a cycle.
Itís just paying homage and paying respect. I was just with 40 at the Warriors parade. And just being in the moment, and acknowledging like damn, you know like thatís really one of the biggest artist[s] of all time in my eyes. [Heís] like a hero and now thatís just unc[le] like me and him talk all the time. And a real pillarÖa real factorÖa real architect of what exists. And I just acknowledge Iím tall because Iím standing on those shoulders.
And talk a little bit more about the parade. How was that? I mean thatís a huge moment for you.
The parade was so lit! The town was on fire, and the thing is the route of the parade, I use to ride the bus to school. So itís crazy…itís like being in these same streets and now the fans who are out there seeing me are going crazy like, ďOh, thatís G.Ē And how life did a full 360. It was a good moment and itís like Iím friends with all the guys on the Warriors. You know just from being a kid and getting nosebleed seats to seeing Antwan Jamison on the Warriors back when they were trash to now, you know what Iím saying, to now being court side and catching up with Klay. Itís really just dope as a fan.
We love you and Halsey together. ďHim and IĒ hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs Airplay chart, but are we going to get more collabs? Maybe a joint album? (Note: This interview was conducted just days before Halsey made the breakup announcement)
We were just in the studio the other night and we made a couple records. Sheís one of the most talented people in music. I tell her this all the time like thereís only like six of you on the planet that are this good. And sheís really rare! Itís just dope. I told you how much I love collaborating but when you get to collaborate with the person youíre in love with and share this experience of making a song and performing a song. And the person youíre sharing it with is thatÖthatís really dope.
What kind of sound do you think we can expect?
Itís a vibe. Me and her are storytellers and when we write, itís really like painting a picture and charactersÖthe mood. Itís definitely that.
I know itís definitely a good experience, but are there any times where you guys just do not see eye to eye on something.
Oh yeah, for sure but thatís life.
Is it on the melody? The lyrics?
I mean we challenge each other. We challenge each other in good ways, and we both want each other to win. At the end of the day, thatís the most important thing and we look out for each other.