Artist of the Week Interview: G-Eazy
Tue, 19 May 2015 09:15:14
The Bay Area's most dapper rapper unveils what's up with his mega-anticipated new album, talks soundtracks, his first vacation, and more.
G-Eazy takes Artist of the Week, and it's well deserved to say the least. The Bay Area rapper has solidified himself as one of hip-hop's most exciting voices the old-fashioned way. He plays countless shows ever year, packing venues left and right. His recent From the Bay to the Universe Tour sold out the Wiltern twice in Los Angeles and saw him bring out everybody from T.I. and Pia Mia to French Montana and Big Sean. His last album, These Things Happen [RVG/BPG/RCA Records], debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, while his music is streamed on Spotify and other services at a staggering rate.
Right now, he's in the midst of preparing his third full-length album for release soon. It's bound to be a landmark for both G-Eazy and hip-hop at large. So, he spoke to us in detail about the new music, revealing the direction. He also chatted about his favorite Tim Burton movies, his very first vacation, what he learned in college, and so much more.
Where are you at right now?
I'm in New Orleans. I played a festival in Memphis the day before yesterday. Christoph [Andersson] lives in New Orleans, and he and I hadn't gotten to cook much on the new album yet so I blocked out like ten days here to do that. It's good to be working with him and bringing the album home.
How far along are you?
I'm thirty songs in! We just hit a stride. Once tour finally ended and I got back from Australia, I took a week's vacation in Hawaii and cleared my head. I stayed on the north side of Kauai with no neighbors. It was totally remote and peaceful. I came back and hit the ground running. We spent a week in Atlanta, a week in New York, and a week in L.A. We just blocked out studios for the whole week in each place. We'd go in for sixteen-hour sessions and crank s*** out.
Had you ever gotten to take a vacation like that before recording?
No, that was the first vacation I've ever really taken in my life. I was asking my friends, "So what are vacations like? Where do you do them?"
Was that your first time in Hawaii?
I went when I was little. My grandma took us there once.