G-Eazy is opening up about his third major label album The Beautiful and Damned, which is due before the year is over.
The star-studded guest list includes girlfriend Halsey, Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Kehlani, and E-40. During an interview with Hot 97’s Nessa, the Bay Area MC revealed that it was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name.
“It’s about two people in love in the ’20s, when everybody was drinking too much, partying, and living this crazy lifestyle,” he explained. “They have this fantasy of living this over-the-top life, but realizing how hard it is to sustain in this crazy world they lived in. The ’30s were about to hit, but they didn’t know, with the Great Depression, everything was gonna be gone.”
The “No Limit” spitter said that inspired him, given the ups and downs of his life and the world. “Being in love in this time in my life is a crazy roller coaster, knowing everything that’s going on in the world right now,” he added. “You kind of feel like, literally, the world’s about to end, you have tragedies happening all over the world again and again. It’s insane.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Gerald praised Eminem for his BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher, noting that he was proud of the fact that he stood with Colin Kaepernick, who happens to be dating Nitty.
“Incredible,” he said. “I was grateful. All you can say is thank you for being the biggest voice and saying it so loud, accurately, and forcefully, passionately, and genuinely. It was incredible from every angle. He hit the topics right on the head and standing with Kap, saying that loud, being him, having his platform, his voice, and doing that was incredible. And he snapped. That was dumb fire. There’s a reason why he’s the greatest.”
G-Eazy, who denounced President Donald Trump on YG’s “FDT” remix, said it was important for white rappers to be vocal about oppression. “It’s our civil duty, especially in times like this to address, talk about, and have dialogue and have conversations,” he said.
Read more highlights from the interview, including G-Eazy’s thoughts on Kehlani, Halsey, Cardi B, Puff Daddy, and more below.
On Halsey: “It clicked. I don’t know. I was hella happy and I think that’s everything. Not to be super corny and sentimental, but deadass, I was just hella happy and we clicked really well. As artists, it’s tough to fully understand the world we live in…So, being able to relate and talk like that just as friends too…That feeling inspires you creatively.”
On Kehlani: “Eventually, I just want to do a ton of music with her. That would be beautiful, a tour, to bring it back to the first tour we did. I don’t know how else to explain it but a sister. Kindred spirits.”
On Cardi B: “I’m a fan of music and I love watching people perform. I think that’s where you can tell what they’re like as an artist, there in the flesh, in front of real humans…Watching her perform, I was convinced…I was already a fan of her whole movement and everything around it. So authentic and that authenticity comes across on stage.”
On Puff Daddy: “I was talking to Puff…He was like, ‘The best artists who make the best music are the most vulnerable. Rap can be invisible cool guy, macho, I get every girl I want, I’m the most popping, I buy whatever I want, if you can be that and be vulnerable, and can connect with human beings [in the heart], that’s where you relate a little bit deeper.'”
On Lil B: “Based God [and] the Dalai Lama. Those are two people who are extremely enlightened. Based God is special. I talk to Brandon often and he’s a good dude. Special person. There’s no one else like him.”