His 2014 album These Things Happen peaked at number one on various charts, including a peak at number three on the Billboard 200. In July 2014, G-Eazy was placed on MTV's Artists to Watch, following a successful worldwide sold-out tour and his sophomore album When It's Dark Out will be released on December 4, 2015.
Gerald was born in Oakland, California. Both his parents were Ukrainian Americans . In the first grade, Gerald and his mother moved in with his grandparents in Berkeley. They then moved into a home in North Oakland, although he continued to attend Berkeley schools. Gerald has gained recognition as part of the growing rap scene in the East Bay Area, joining artists such as Lil B and The Cataracs. Having an interest in making music at a young age, G-Eazy put together a local group known as the 'Bay Boyz' who released a number of songs via their Myspace page. Gerald began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University.
With success from his earlier mixtapes, Gerald continued to release further songs, notably "Waspy" and "Candy Girl". The latter as of 2011 having attained over 400,000 plays via Myspace. Late 2010 saw Gillum being handed the opportunity of appearing as an opening act for the rapper Drake.In recent years, he has opened for a number of other artists such as Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.
In August 2011, G-Eazy released the mixtape The Endless Summer via his official site. The mixtape samples from a number of other songs, most notably an updated version of the 1961 US No. 1 hit "Runaround Sue" by Dion DiMucci, which has gone on to garner over four million views via YouTube (Directed By Tyler Yee). It features collaborations with artists such as Greg Banks, Erika Flowers and American Idol contestant Devon Baldwin.
During November 2011, Gillum embarked on a nationwide tour with Shwayze.
Released on "Dreams and Dream Killers" by Circa '87, as well as G-Eazy's The Outsider, the track "My Life is a Party" was featured in the game Saints Row: The Third. The song can be heard on one of the in-game radio stations "95.4 KRhyme FM".
Beginning from 16 June 2012, Gillum performed at every venue during the annual Summer Warped Tour.
On July 25, 2012, the Excellent Adventure Tour was announced which featured Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy. The two performed in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Columbia (Missouri), Lincoln, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlottesville, and Philadelphia. On December 15, 2013 G-Eazy and Master Chen B performed the song Lotta That in New York City.
On September 26th, 2012, Gillum released his first full-length album titled “Must Be Nice.” The album landed at #3 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart completely independent of a label.
Starting on July 9th, 2013, Gillum opened up for Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on the “America’s Most Wanted Tour” which concluded on September 1st at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.
On January 15, 2014 G-Eazy announced a new tour with MMG's Rockie Fresh, KYLE, and Tory Lanez, the "These Things Happen" Tour. The tour will run for 40 stops throughout the United States and Canada from February until April.
On June 23, 2014, G-Eazy released the album These Things Happen. The album topped the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B and Top Rap Albums Charts, also earning the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 and the Top Digital Albums Chart on its way to selling nearly 200,000 copies to date.
On October 21st, 2014, Gillum embarked on his sold out “From the Bay to the Universe” tour.
Gillum took the “From the Bay to the Universe” tour across the globe to countries such as Australia and New Zealand for his first headlining tour overseas.
During summer 2015, Gillum played some of the main stages at a series of notable music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Made in America and Austin City Limits.
With the rise of his music career, Gillum has also taken up in interest in fashion by releasing a collaboration with Rare Panther in the fall of 2015 and being named GQ’s top 10 most stylish at New York Fashion Week last year.
Gillum’s sophomore album, When It's Dark Out, is expected to release December 4, 2015.