After selling over 90,000 copies of his debut album These Things Happen and hitting No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, Oakland rapper G-Eazy has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. The 25-year-old emcee sat down with Fuse to chat about his impressive studio debut, transitioning from his mixtape days to sold-out tours, and being labeled for his retro look.
On outselling acts like Phish, Ab-Soul and Riff Raff, G-Eazy remembers how incredible the achievement had felt. "That's just the spirit of the Bay Area–it's very independent," he said, remembering his days selling tapes out of his car. "[The Billboard chart position] validates that I'm not so psycho. That I wasn't crazy this whole time, that I believed in something that was real and would eventually come true."
The "I Mean It" performer, who has worked with names like Rick Ross and A$AP Ferg, still surprises many with his clean cut, '50s-inspired look. Labeled the "James Dean of Hip Hop," G-Eazy explained his affinity for the styles of that era.
"I'm inspired by retro, Americana, mid-century–timeless [style]," he said. "Not something that's so in-and-out and loud and trendy, but something that's classic American. ... And that's how I treat my music; I don't wanna be a fad, I wanna be here forever."
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