Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:26:04
G-Eazy's own legacy continues to get richer at every turn. Right now, he's headlining sold out shows as part of the These Things Happen tour with support from Rockie Fresh, and he's gearing up to drop an album of the same name later this year. He's evolved immensely as a wordsmith and storyteller, as evinced by recent B-Sides like "Tumblr Girls". In fact, he's effectively struck a balance between James Dean and Nas that's unlike anything in modern hip-hop and has paved the way to legendary status...
In the midst of the These Things Happen tour, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino caught up with G-Eazy about the current jaunt, the next album, and so much more.
What has stood out about this tour?
This is the one we've been waiting for. It's the one we've worked towards. It's the culmination of paying dues and all the support tours coming up. I was working towards finally being able to headline a tour of this scale. It's been a lot of fun seeing this come to fruition, having a buzz and playing these big rooms. The crowds have been great.
How did you make this tour differently?
Well, we've got this neon sign on stage, which is something I fought for. Every tour, I was super adamant about getting this big sign made. Finally, I talked my team into doing it. We just wanted to go bigger with the production and make the whole show a special experience from start-to-finish.
On the America's Wanted Tour with Lil Wayne, you nailed it without all the production. So, with the stage setup, it's an even bigger show now...
Thank you! That's what paying dues is about. If you can kill it without any production during a ten-minute set that nobody's watching, that's how you build your chops. When you finally do get to headline your own tour, you have this big production, great sound, and an hour-long set, and it makes it that much better. That's all the work we put in.
What songs always set the crowd off?
"Loaded" just always goes off. I've been playing some songs off the new album and some unreleased things. It's different. When you play something everybody knows, it's easier. However, when you're playing something unreleased, you have to really work those records and go extra hard to introduce that new music to the fans and give them that.
Was the music from These Things Happen influenced by touring so much?
We made a lot of this new album while we were on the road this summer with Lil Wayne. It's all inspired by this wild lifestyle and the crazy shit we get into. It all cycles back into the music in a way.
You paint this lifestyle in a realistic manner though.
Absolutely! There are the highs and the lows. For better or for worse, I try to show the different sides of everything.
What does that term These Things Happen mean to you?
It's a nonchalant response reflecting on this wild year that just passed. It's like, "Fuck, we're here! These things happen". It's also a reaction to all the crazy things that happen. You wake up after a wild night like, "Fuck, these things happen".
When did you first meet Rockie Fresh?
We only met in person after he was signed on to do the tour when we did the "Been On" remix. He's such a great fit for the tour, and he's a cool guy. He's really dope. Anytime you tour with somebody, it's always nice if you're a fan of their music because you're going to have to be around them for two months. I really respect what he's doing creatively.
How did "Tumblr Girls" come together?
It was this character I made up that I wanted to write a song about. We did that one this summer too.
Is there a thread for These Things Happen?
There definitely is. It's this chapter in my life. It captures these moments and this year. It's those stories, those emotions, and this place where I'm at. For the last seven months, I've been living out of a suitcase in the studio or on tour—just constantly surrounded by the music. I've been pretty focused.
What's next for you?
I'm excited to finish mixing the album, finally turn that in, and set a release date. The tour just started a week ago, and it's going super well. It's great to be out on the road, playing music, and seeing how fans respond while we gear up for the actual release.
What's your favorite G-Eazy song?