G-Eazy is a young rapper, but if you’ve heard his latest Endless Summer mixtape, you notice a couple things that might catch you off guard. First of all, he looks like the lead character in a movie from the ’50s–the white tee, varsity jacket, and slicked hair. Not your typical rapper look, and surprising to see from a guy that goes by the name G-Eazy.
His music is undoubtedly hip-hop–and current hip-hop at that–but there’s a clear element of ’50s and ’60s influence on there. Sometimes (like with “Runaround Sue”), it’s right there in your face. Other times it’s a little more subtle, but his taste for decades past creates a unique aesthetic that sets G-Eazy apart.
We decided to dig a little deeper to find out what the Cali-born, New Orleans-based artist. We asked him to talk about five of his favorite oldies. Hit the jump to check out his picks…
Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson”
This song is the illest, especially if you’ve seen The Graduate. It’s a classic American rock song. The chords… the melody on the chorus… Man everything about this song captures the late 60s so well. And the part at the end where the chorus switches up to the Joe Dimaggio part is dope.
Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers – “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”
This song epitomizes the style and sound of its era perfectly, and the happy-sad quality hits home for real. The harmonies are just so ill. I have all intentions of chopping this up and sampling it in the near future, so look out for that.
The Beatles “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”
I had to include at least one Beatles song. I’ve been listening to the White Album a lot lately. This song is definitely one of my favorites. It’s crazy, cuz it’s kinda like 2 songs, but I especially fuck with the second part. It’s got that awesome, classic rock chord progression, and then John’s harmonies are just unreal. Again, it’s got that happy-sad quality when the chords shift from major to minor, and then the lyrics are just so creative.
Johnny Cash “Guess Things Happen That Way”
Johnny Cash is my dude. He was a badass, but the way he told stories and made himself seem so vulnerable was what made him so accessible. “Guess Things Happen That Way” is a perfect example. It was super hard to pick just one Johnny Cash song, so I also wanna shout out “A Boy Named Sue” and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” check those out if you haven’t ever heard them before.
The Drifters “There Goes My Baby”
This song is so fucking classic. Everybody knows it. It’s beautiful. I would probably sample it, if it weren’t for the fact that the chords are so close to “Runaround Sue.” The doo- wop vocals are awesome, and the strings are so epic.