G-Eazy Talks Bay Area Influence & His SXSW Experience

G-Eazy Talks Bay Area Influence & His SXSW Experience

HotNewHipHop talks to G-Eazy about his "These Things Happen" tour, growing up in Oakland, California and more.

Yesterday we let go our sit-down with G-Eazy's touring partner Tory Lanez, and today we're back with an exclusive interview with the headliner, Young Gerald aka G-Eazy.

G-Eazy hails from the Bay Area, and as he tells us, the local rappers from there had a big influence on his decision to rap. He recently got one his all-time favorites, E-40, to appear on the remix of his track "Far Alone." 

We asked him about the importance of his native Oakland, Cali, "The Bay influenced everything from when I first started to make music. That was everything I wanted to do, was inspired by the local scene going on. From Keak the Sneak to the OGs like E-40 and Mac Dre to the peers I had like the Pack." 

Eazy continued, "What I wanted to make what I was hearing on KMEL all day. In the mid-2000s when the hyphy movement was going on, that was a big inspiration."

The rising rapper also spoke on his experience at this year's SXSW, and running on three hours of sleep: "The thing about South By is it's just non-stop. It's just so crazy. There's so much going on in that week in Austin, Texas, that it's like all day long. In my whole South By trip, not coming from home, coming from tour to South By and then back to tour, I slept like maybe three hours in all of South By."

He caps off the interview by advising fans to be on the look out for his album, after which the tour is titled. "Just look out for that new album These Things Happen. We just finished it up so I'm really excited for that."

Take a look at the full interview below.

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