What an unforgettable evening it must’ve been for Bay Area local hip-hop artist G-Eazy last night in Mountain View. Under a warm blanket of glowing pink skies at a comfortable 80 degrees, the rapper with the spiky bleach blonde hair took the stage to a sold out crowd of 25,000 screaming fans for a performance that will forever be inscribed in history as epic.
The Oakland producer’s come a long way from selling mixtapes in the back of his car to playing the big arenas he’s been on for the Endless Summer tour. But it’s not something he doesn’t take for granted. In fact, shortly into the set, he took a brief moment to show his gratitude for all the success he’s been granted. “I’ve come a long way,” he said,” from selling tapes across from Top Dog on Telegraph to playing here tonight in front of all you beautiful people.”
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Emotions ran high for the man that’s drawn comparisons to a young Eminem. Not only was he coming home a king of hip-hop, but as he stood on stage pensive and intense, thoughts of his ex Halsey must’ve surely crept into his psyche. She had played the same stage three nights ago, and hinted strongly at the fact that the two were recently broken up.
But the heartache would not get in his way, and after a killer set from Lil Uzi Vert, the man of the hour made a grand entrance from a fog-filled back door and kicked things off with a powerful rendition of “Pray for Me.” After some tasty selections from his growing discography, he brought it home with his two biggest hits to date “Me Myself and I” and “No Limit,” amidst a flurry of multi-colored confetti.
The highlight of the show had to be the charming cameo by Sahweetie. Another rising Bay Area rapper that G-Eazy brought to the stage towards the end of the show. A true testament to the graciousness of this local hero. A simple gesture but one that went a long way into possibly solidifying him as the next rap superstar.
Photos by Louis Raphael