Q&A: G-Eazy Talks Success Of ‘These Things Happen,’ Touring With Drake & Lil’ Wayne

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Somewhere between the flock of Tumblr girls and boxes of of Bud Light, rapper G-Eazy is rocking an intimate set at Crested Butte, Colo., which has assumed the alias, Whatever, USA, during one of summer’s final weekends (Sept. 5-7).

The Oakland MC—clad in all black attire, shades and slicked back coif—shows no sign of fatigue after opening for the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour in Austin, Texas the night before. After two big chomps of pepperoni pizza, he takes the mini-stage in front of a crowd already crunk off brews. Just before showtime, the Bay Area rep squeezes in a few seconds with VIBE to discuss his recent LP These Things Happen, touring with Young Money’s finest and his only two requirements if he created his own party town. —Adelle Platon

VIBE: What has impressed you most about this crazy town?
G-Eazy: It’s wild, just the whole concept of it. It’s like a grown up Disneyland. You can just come here and rage.

If G-Eazy had his own town, what would it be called?
It would be called Whiskeyville. Whiskey and strip clubs.

We need to make this happen. I’m just saying. Now, you recently dropped your album These Things Happen. How has the response been so far?
Amazing. I think every artist wants some validity for their work, and [to] sell records. We just crossed 100,000 [units].

What’s a track on there that you hold near and dear to your heart?
“Downtown Love.” I made that with one of my homies in New Orleans. The story is tragic and the song is emotional. It’s my favorite. I’m most proud of that, it’s such a creative piece.

As an opener on Drake and Wayne’s tour, could the three of you be cooking something up in the future?
I don’t know. Anything is possible.