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Keeping the Balance

Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 20:11

G eazy

Courtesy of G-Eazy

G-Eazy tries to follow both of his dreams of being a student and a hip-hop star.

    College is hard enough on it's own.

    Students are cramming for finals, arguing with their roommates, dealing with professors, saving up for next semester's impending book purchases, and grappling with other interpersonal relationships; and somewhere in there students are forced to develop a social life.

    But as much fun as this wild four-year ride is, it's definitely a trip, and most students have trouble just handling college on its own. Rapper G-Eazy managed to go on a tour that lasted most of this fall semester while still being enrolled in college and is graduating with this year's class of 2012.

    G-Eazy, who is originally from Berkley, Calif., studies at Loyola University in Louisiana. With help from the staff of Loyola's College of Music and Fine Arts, G-Eazy was able to network and build the relationships that led him to tour with Shwayze and Mod Sun throughout past November.

    However, G-Eazy's journey as a musician has been anything but stress-free. The senior music industries studies major began toying around with the idea of becoming a performer at age 16 with nothing but a Macbook and his creativity.

    "I knew I had to go to college, but I knew I wanted to pursue music," G-Eazy said. "That's why I chose Loyola. I've been lucky enough to meet people, and I knew I had until college was over to get it all done."

    The California rapper's influences, including the Beatles and A Tribe Called Quest, are what helped shape the rapper's music style as well as his fashion sense.

    "I'd be at home, [and] my mom had the Beatles on. What was on the radio was [A Tribe Called Quest]. Two separate worlds became a part of me and I wanted to show both eras I was exposed to," G-Eazy said.

    Having sampled the Beatles' "Octopus Garden" on one track and utilizing the infectious drum cadences made popular by A Tribe Called Quest on others, G-Eazy proves that he has no problem building a bridge between two different styles through his music.

    With the influx of hip-hop becoming more and more boisterous and arrogant, G-Eazy's fan base loves him for his humility and easily relatable lyrics.

    "Whatever you do, please don't stop making music," said a fan.

    "Finally another rapper that talks some sense that I can relate to," said another fan. "I swear if I have to listen to another Wiz Khalifa… rapin' [sic]… about just liquor, weed and Taylor gang I'm gonna lose it."

    Those are just two of a slew of comments on G-Eazy's website, and even more feedback is displayed on his Twitter page, both positive and negative.

    Despite still being an independent artist, G-Eazy has his sights set on absolute success.

    "It's all about the grind, man. It takes so much time to create [music], and I'm lucky enough to be able to while still getting a good education," G-Eazy said. "Mainstream is the motivation, but I enjoy having control over everything right now."

    With his graduation impending, G-Eazy has his mind set on moving to New York City to continue to build his music career. When asked what he'd say to someone with similar goals, the Bay area native responded with:

    "Do it. If you think you want it, do it. Put yourself in a situation where it can happen. Dedicate at least three hours a day. Or more. Think of it like: whenever you're not working, someone else out there is. Just get it done and make sure it's ill."

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