G-Eazy illuminated Denver’s 1ST BANK Center last Tuesday (March 6) as part of The Beautiful and Damned Tour. During his set, which included songs like “Me Myself and I” and “Sober,” he dropped a subtle line about his next project.
As he was performing “Calm Down” from 2016’s When It’s Dark Out, he switched a line in the song to say, “Been sittin’ on the charts like a beach chair/ My last album spent 52 weeks there/ Almost finished with the fourth/ You should be scared,” alluding his follow-up to The Beautiful & Damned is on its way.
On stage, The Town native appeared genuinely grateful for his current position in life despite his love-hate relationship with fame, a topic he’s dissected multiple times in his music.
“I’ve been working on it,” the 28-year-old told HipHopDX. “I feel like I’m in a good place right now. I can accept it. I’ve been working on it, but I feel like I’m in a good place right now, so I’m happy.”
He adds, “You know what you’re getting yourself into. And at the same time, I think nothing can really fully prepare you for it.”
Since releasing his major label debut, These Things Happen, in 2014, G-Eazy’s star power has grown exponentially. From collaborations with pop icon Britney Spears to a recent Saturday Night Live appearance, he’s made giant strides since he was rapping under his original moniker, MC Generic. But over the past few years, he’s had to learn to take the bad with the good.
“It’s like you’re gonna lose anonymity forever, your privacy and your schedule’s going to get crazy,” he says. “It’s gonna be insane. I don’t know. There’s always something. You never really get time to breathe or be a person, or go home or see family. And at the same time, you’re gonna get to travel the world and you’re gonna get to do really cool stuff, and you’re gonna get to make a living making art and performing it for people.”
While he’s maintaining his acquired fame at this moment, current rap is like a revolving door of artists. He’s well aware of the semi-permanence even the most successful artists can experience — which he admits is “a lot” — but it’s that idea of losing his proverbial crown that keeps him motivated.
“I’m in the public eye,” he says. “You know, you’re under this pressure to stay relevant, to stay there because if not it’s like, ‘Oh, fuck, what happened to that guy?’ Like, ‘Damn, he fell off’ or ‘He’s not as big as he used to be,’ or whatever. But that kind of like drives me in a weird way. And I just want to consistently keep putting out music that matters and resonates with people, that reaches an audience, that let’s me do what I like to do.”