“Bay Area, King Gerald is home,” is the phrase Shoreline Amphitheatre visitors heard seemingly once every half-hour at Sunday’s G-Eazy concert.
The Endless Summer Tour, headed by Gerald Earl Gillum (better known as G-Eazy) himself, sold out a crowd of roughly 25,000 at the Mountain View venue.
If there’s one thing G-Eazy is good at, it’s saying that he’s from the Bay Area over and over again. While giving a shoutout to his mother, who was in the crowd that night, he took the opportunity to also give an offbeat shoutout to Mac Dre’s mom. After this reference and more, fans clearly understood that he is, indeed, from Oakland.
The Bay-bred rapper started his career advertising his mixtapes on Telegraph Avenue and selling hot dogs at Top Dog. Now, about 12 years later, the artist has taken a step up from his humble roots, looking clean in Burberry plaid pants, an Eminem T-shirt and simple white sneakers for his roaring homecoming show.
Appearances by Nef the Pharaoh, P-Lo, Oopz, ALLBLACK and Marty Grimes electrified the audience with local pride. Their acts made the crowd’s energy soar much higher than when G-Eazy would simply use Bay Area slang or talk about how good it was to be home. His hometown cred finally felt genuine when he gave these smaller-name artists, who are highly influential in the modern Bay Area music scene, a platform to share their sound with the broad audience of this tour.
That energy, however, wasn’t always elevated for the right reasons. During the song “Drop,” a crowd of dancers “turned the stage into a strip club,” as the singer put it, with the women surrounding a Ford Mustang. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this — these women are professional dancers, and they expertly carried out the raunchy choreography. It was only when the rapper spit several demeaning lyrics — “thot,” “broad,” “dirty-ass bitch” and “stank-ass hoe,” to name a few — that the performance felt more disrespectful than sexy, or whatever the intended effect was.
During his performance of “No Less,” a collaboration with SG Lewis and Louis Mattrs, G-Eazy encouraged women in the audience to get his attention, asking, “Who should I dedicate this song to?” Scoping out the crowd for the most beautiful of attendees, the camera stumbled upon a girl holding a sign that read, “I hella fucks witchu G-Eazy on mamas yadadamean?” Rather than making this moment about his fans, G-Eazy appeared to be using it to demonstrate how the women in the crowd were in love with him.
Before singing his independent bachelor anthem “Me, Myself & I,” the rapper commented, “I like the message of this one.” Considering he had just sung “Him & I,” the duet with his recent ex-girlfriend Halsey (whose part was prerecorded for the live performance), this statement seethed with pettiness and post-breakup angst. The couple may have just broken up and the wounds may still be fresh, but that doesn’t excuse immature behavior.
When he was actually focused on the music, G-Eazy served solid vocals and brought unparalleled energy, performing in front of a live band that remained onstage for almost the entirety of the show. His momentum only fell flat during his performance of “1942” with YBN Nahmir toward the midpoint. The rapper seemed bored during this particular song — not what viewers would have expected from one of his current biggest hits. And as a live performer, G-Eazy’s eyeing of any girl in his path was uncomfortable, though it was well-received by many of his fans.
G-Eazy has overwhelmingly proved that god complexes can rage no matter how mediocre one’s lyricism may be. It’s time Gerald let someone else call him “King of the Bay” before he crowns himself.