Rap phenom and FAMIS alum G-Eazy (Gerald Gillum, 2012) bested stiff competition from Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa to win Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at the 43rd annual People’s Choice Awards, hosted Wednesday night at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. The first-time win caps off an already-stellar year for the artist, whose single “Me, Myself, & I” peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
A Berkeley, California native, Gillum graduated from Loyola’s Music Industry Studies program and has achieved enormous commercial success in the hip-hop world through his stage name G-Eazy. Gerald began producing tracks during his time as a Loyola undergrad, though his obsession with music, and specifically hip-hop, began long before this during his childhood in the Bay Area. Gillum has opened for chart-topping artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg, and his sophomore album, When It’s Dark Out, debuted in December of 2015.