A self-proclaimed “crazy Gemini,” G-Eazy has fully embraced his Jekyll and Hyde dual personalities with his latest album, The Beautiful & Damned. He took it to the road this summer with his Endless Summer Tour and shook up a large handful of cities. G-Eazy has been under the radar lately with his up-and-down relationship with Halsey and argument with Machine Gun Kelly but took the stage every night with an obvious confident attitude and showed the world that no matter what was happening, he was there to perform. He also started a new charity, the Endless Summer Fund, that he promoted all summer. All donations go towards helping underprivileged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, G-Eazy’s hometown.

If anyone knows me personally, you know that G-Eazy is no light subject matter in my world. I’ve been a huge fan of his for years, even to the point I carried around a mini cardboard cutout of him at a date function in college. I’m well aware his career has been highly controversial and many people stand against him, but it doesn’t stop my admiration. One thing that’s always kept me looking up to him is his self-assured attitude. Whether it’s on Instagram or live in concert, he knows he worked hard to get to where he is and is confident in what he does. It may be the black leather jackets, stern face, or sculpted hair, but whatever it is, he knows what he’s doing.

I had the opportunity to attend and photograph his show in Tampa, and I could hardly contain my emotions standing in the photo pit. I had never photographed such a large show, and I was kind of sweating over the fact that Gerald would be standing just a few feet from me. On 9:25 PM on the dot, the lights cut and the stage lit up. As the crowd went wild, G-Eazy slowly walked out from a cloud of smoke. The heavy beat dropped, and it was almost a blur from there. One thing I did notice was he kept a bottle of Stillhouse Black Bourbon in his back pocket the entire performance. (Fun fact: G-Eazy himself started the Stillhouse whiskey and bourbon line.)

The concert was a heavy, yet perfectly calculated, mixture of dramatic lighting, background graphics, beats, theatrical props, and even a performance from Halsey herself for the single “Him & I.” The night had a solemn weight sitting on it despite all of the fun. The Tampa show took place hours after Mac Miller had been pronounced dead. G-Eazy and Mac were close, and you could see the pain on his eyes as he performed. He performed his song, “Everything Will Be OK,” for Mac, a song he hadn’t played in years. There were times I didn’t think he would finish the performance, but he would take a deep breath and continue on.

By the end of the night, everyone left with a bittersweet feeling. As he walked off stage after playing his classic single “No Limit,” a picture of Mac went up on the big screens and the lights shut off. The show was over, and I could almost feel G-Eazy’s pain in the amphitheatre.

Despite the hurt, G-Eazy put on one of the best and most hype shows I’ve been to in a while. There was a good balance of singles from all of his albums, upbeat songs, and even a few slower songs for the ladies. Over the course of the summer, he raised thousands of dollars for the kids in The Bay through the Endless Summer Fund and promoted his Stillhouse whiskey line. It wasn’t just a concert—he really created a whole experience for everyone attending. Mac would’ve been proud.

 

PHOTOS & STORY ELIZABETH STAFFORD

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