G-Eazy Says “Hello”

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G-Eazy interacting with the crowd.

G-Eazy interacting with the crowd.

Chelsea Moore

Chelsea Moore

G-Eazy interacting with the crowd.

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It won’t be (G)- eazy to forget the Aspen Winter X-Games this year all because of one concert. Known to most as G-Eazy, American rapper Gerald Gillum performed Sunday afternoon, blowing the crowd’s mind with his most popular songs.

Sure, I may be a bit bias since G-Eazy has always been one of my favorite musicians. In fact, all weekend I had been Nordic racing four hours away, but immediately after my morning race, I jumped in the car and rushed home just in time to catch his incredible stage entrance. I arrived hungry, tired, and crabby, but my mood changed in an instant. When I finally made my way through the crowd for a good view, the bass suddenly dropped and he ran out onto the stage with one of his biggest hits: “You Got Me.” He sang more songs from his album “These Things Happen,” and my personal favorite “Some Kind of Drug,” featuring Marc E. Bassy. When he played his most popular song “Me Myself and I,” the already insane crowd went mad. At times, G-Eazy would venture into the crowd, where, if you were lucky, you got a high five or close up picture. He was also very personal with the crowd; in between songs, he addressed specific people in the audience and referred to Aspen countless times, praising it and expressing his thankfulness.

It was unique for a concert to be in the daylight, especially for a rapper. Honestly, dark nighttime concerts can be sketchy and full of more illicit substances, so I was glad this was not quite the case. Instead, most of the crowd consisted of high school students; when pushing to be closer to the front, I passed my friends from Glenwood, Basalt and my Aspen High School peers.

I can’t help but say the crowd and I were disappointed when G-Eazy walked off the stage after an hour, ignoring the encore chants. But, despite the short show, Gerald was an amazing performer, and in my opinion, was the highlight of the X-Games. Like his song, he made it “Complete….” and “I Mean It.”

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