Published October 14, 2014

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G-Eazy’s hip-hop career took off when he released his The Endless Summer mixtape in August of 2011. At the time, G (real name Gerald Gillum) was still in college, studying music at Loyola University in New Orleans. He could have dropped out, but he didn’t. “I just kept telling myself that ultimately, the money that my grandparents had put away to go into my college fund, that they were investing for me to go to school and get this education, it had to be worth something,” he once told us.

Staying in school did not hurt G’s career. When we first met the Oakland, CA native three years ago, he’d just opened for A$APRocky, was about to go on the Vans’ Warped Tour, and had 10,000 devotedTwitter followers. Now, he has 298,000 followers, has toured with LilWayne and Drake, and had his first official album, These Things Happen, debut at number three on the Billboard charts. G’s next headliningtour, “From The Bay To The Universe Tour,” will begin next week withE-40, Iamsu! and Jay-Ant.