G-Eazy Reveals He & Halsey Were Working on Records Just Days Before Public Breakup: Exclusive
When it comes to hustling and money, there are “no limits” for G-Eazy (born Gerald Gillum). Just coming off the Beautiful and Damned Europe Tour, the rapper will once again hit the road for the second edition of the Endless Summer Tour later this month -- also recruiting Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign and more. The North American trek kicks off July 20 in Seattle, Washington and will stop in cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Atlanta.
The upcoming tour, which is the follow-up to the inaugural run last year with Logic and YG, comes just in time to showcase his recent summer releases including his latest single “Drop,” featuring Blac Youngsta and BlocBoy JB, and “1942,” featuring Yo Gotti and YBN Nahmir, as well as his surprise three-song EP, The Vault -- which was dropped on his 29th birthday back in May.
There’s no rest for the wicked and the Bay Area native proves he’s just that, living up to that statement to the fullest extent and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. With such a hectic schedule, it’s nearly impossible to stay out of the headlines, especially when you’re an artist who is consistently working on new material and rolling those specific projects out appropriately.
Most recently though, G-Eazy made headlines this time for a different reason. Former girlfriend Halsey announced on her Instagram Story that the two were “taking some time apart” after a year of being together on Tuesday (July 3).
Before the official breakup announcement, Billboard chatted with G-Eazy last Friday (June 29) about many subject matters, including his former partner. During the extensive interview, there were no signs of a breakup on the horizon and he even admitted they were just in the studio making records together. While it’s uncertain whether the tracks will ever be released, he had nothing but endearing words to say about his now ex-girlfriend.
Here’s everything Young Gerald had to say about their relationship before the “Now or Never” singer announced the big news less than a week after the interview. He also talks about his creative process while on tour, the incredible summer hip-hop is having and his return to his hometown for the Golden State Warriors parade with E-40.
Billboard: You just got off your European tour [and now you’re headed on another one]. What’s the motivation behind that?
G-Eazy: The bag. It’s just what I do and just being grateful to have that platform to be able to do it because nothing is guaranteed and nothing is given. So once you get it, you really have to take advantage of it and get the most out of it.
In the Rapture documentary [on Netflix], you say that touring does get tiresome, so what’s the key to keeping going?
I guess you got to pace yourself. It’s like a Saturday night every night, and some fans may come to one show but you go to all of them. It’s just taking a lot of naps.
You’re always on the road, but are you the type to write on the road? I know you recently dropped “Drop” [with Blac Youngsta and BlocBoy JB].
Yeah, I did that in Switzerland or something. Anytime I have a day off…like not a show day...I’ll be like can you book me a studio (in whatever city we’re in)? Going to the studio is making something brand new, you know? So there’s that exciting aspect of like this didn’t exist before I walked in here and now, it does. You know, it’s exciting.
Hip-hop is [having] a really exciting time right now! This past month...between Drake…everything.
Hip-hop has never had a summer like this. It’s crazy!
No seriously! So who are you most drawn to with this past month of releases?
Ye. He’s reinvented the wheel and broken the mold so many times. The fact that he’s still such like a progressive and an avant garde artist in that…still disrupting.
And hip-hop has changed your life. You talked about it on Instagram. But just how did it change your life? I know you were sleeping on the couch. You were working hard.
The one thing that didn’t change was the process and the work that goes into it. It’s changed in the sense of it’s nice not to share hotel rooms and not tour in a van with that broken air conditioning, you know what I’m saying? But I’m still having fun and I still love making music and I think that’s the dopest part.
Being from the Bay, I feel like you pay it forward with the Bay rappers. Why is it so significant for the movement of the culture?
Because I always tell myself, if I ever crack this door open then I’m for sure feeling like keep that open and try to bring that soil with me. I was just in the Bay for a week recording and me and All Black did a whole EP in one night. We caught a vibe and me and him [were] like feeding off each other’s energies…being inspired. I think that’s crucial. Like always bring the culture with you and shine the light on that whether it’s me bringing Nef the Pharaoh to tour or Marty. Always reminding people where this came from.
And I feel like you had that experience with E-40. It’s like that influence you can have on them…it’s kind of like a cycle.
It’s just paying homage and paying respect. I was just with 40 at the Warriors parade. And just being in the moment, and acknowledging like damn, you know like that’s really one of the biggest artist[s] of all time in my eyes. [He’s] like a hero and now that’s just unc[le] like me and him talk all the time. And a real pillar…a real factor…a real architect of what exists. And I just acknowledge I’m tall because I’m standing on those shoulders.
And talk a little bit more about the parade. How was that? I mean that’s a huge moment for you.
The parade was so lit! The town was on fire, and the thing is the route of the parade, I use to ride the bus to school. So it’s crazy...it’s like being in these same streets and now the fans who are out there seeing me are going crazy like, “Oh, that’s G.” And how life did a full 360. It was a good moment and it’s like I’m friends with all the guys on the Warriors. You know just from being a kid and getting nosebleed seats to seeing Antwan Jamison on the Warriors back when they were trash to now, you know what I’m saying, to now being court side and catching up with Klay. It’s really just dope as a fan.
We love you and Halsey together. “Him and I” hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs Airplay chart, but are we going to get more collabs? Maybe a joint album? (Note: This interview was conducted just days before Halsey made the breakup announcement)
We were just in the studio the other night and we made a couple records. She’s one of the most talented people in music. I tell her this all the time like there’s only like six of you on the planet that are this good. And she’s really rare! It’s just dope. I told you how much I love collaborating but when you get to collaborate with the person you’re in love with and share this experience of making a song and performing a song. And the person you’re sharing it with is that…that’s really dope.
What kind of sound do you think we can expect?
It’s a vibe. Me and her are storytellers and when we write, it’s really like painting a picture and characters…the mood. It’s definitely that.
I know it’s definitely a good experience, but are there any times where you guys just do not see eye to eye on something.
Oh yeah, for sure but that’s life.
Is it on the melody? The lyrics?
I mean we challenge each other. We challenge each other in good ways, and we both want each other to win. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing and we look out for each other.