Anyone who thinks G-Eazy is just any other rapper, songwriter and record producer can think again.
The California native is apparently more listened to than hitmaking/conscious rappers, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole or even Eminem.
A plot twist huh?
But it was all crystal clear on the report by HitsDailyDouble after they compiled their half-year streaming totals for 2016. The list’s top 6 has the obvious streaming kings and queens. Drizzy, Miss Ri Ri, Yeezy, The Biebs, Queen Bey and Future. No surprises there.
And then you have G-Eazy.
His debut album, These Things Happen, dropped in 2014 and received positive reviews. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200.
His second album, When It’s Dark Out, was released late 2015. Its first single, “Me, Myself & I” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming his first top 10 single.
Here’s how DJBooth put it:
It’s not that I didn’t see G-Eazy’s success coming – we’ve been covering him for over five years and it was always clear he had the potential to be a star – it’s that I didn’t quite recognize how successful he was right now. As much as the music landscape’s changed, we still get so wrapped up in things like first week album sales, a metric that’s as outdated as downloading mp3s off Napster.
As we can see from Eminem and J. Cole’s rankings here, you can actually be one of the most listened to artists on the planet even if you haven’t dropped an album in years, even without an album at all. A couple popular singles can move the needle, and as we’ve also seen with Kevin Gates and Bryson Tiller, especially if your audience skews younger, you can be putting elite streaming numbers on the board without the established music industry (and media) recognizing you as elite. djbooth.net
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