G-Eazy discusses exploring his duality, the pressure of following up a platinum record in new interview.
After the platinum release of his project When It's Dark Out, G-Eazy rose rapidly through the ranks and became a household name in hip-hop. The Bay Area rapper is an extremely hard-working and focused artist bent on bringing good music to his fans and followers. Two weeks ago he announced the name of his follow up, The Beautiful and The Damned.
"This is the next chapter of Gerald. I think [the fans] know me well enough by now, so this is just the next chapter of my life," he told Billboard. "I'm further exploring my Gemini; you know, the duality and the split personality of who I am. That's The Beautiful and Damned. There's multiple layers to the title and the concept of the album, but that's one of the better messages. I'm exploring that yin and yang of my personality."
He adds "there's always pressure, you know? But that inspires me. It doesn't cripple me. I did 80 songs in six months for this album and we had a tough job slimming it down and coming up with the track list because I don't waste time. I don't go in the studio to make music that won't matter. I go in every night to try to make a point and make the best music that I can make. So I'm excited to share this with the world."
He also compared himself to Kobe Bryan for his "work ethic and that killer mentality -- it's something we share."
Hopefully The Beautiful and The Damned delivers a new, unseen side of Gerald.