For five straight years, G-Eazy lived out of a suitcase.
Constantly on the road, touring three straight albums—Must Be Nice (2012), These Things Happen (2014), When It's Dark Out (2015)—both domestically and overseas, the Bay Area native had no need for a house. Or a condo. Or an apartment. He was never home.
Earlier this year, before starting production on his forthcoming double album, The Beautiful and Damned, the RCA recording artist decided it was time to have a place he could call home and scooped up a brand new pad in the Hollywood Hills.
During a recent interview with Angie Martinez on Power 105, Eazy was asked about his crib—which includes a full recording studio—and while informing the world that his neighbors hate him because he and his guests are loud, he displayed a mild understanding of fiscal responsibility that is rarely associated with younger artists in hip-hop.
"My neighbors hate me, they complain about the noise, and the people over all the time and the late nights," G-Eazy told Martinez. "My neighbors are old, I live in the [Hollywood] Hills. They come knocking and they're like, 'Da-da-da-da-da,' and I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm not trying to bother you or disrespect you but you can't kick me out, I bought it in cash, I have no mortgage... I worked for it, I waited a long time. I saved up."
No wonder Eazy has worn the same outfit for the past half-decade—he was busy counting his bread instead of spending it all! In all seriousness, though, there's a valuable lesson here for all creatives, both aspiring and experienced.
While every rapper would love to believe that they're a "career artist," making the kind of music that will afford them a 20 or 30-year career, the reality is for most artists, the window to earn a nice living off non-royalty music income doesn't remain open for very long.
If you're always on the road, flying from one city to the next on a nightly basis, why do you need a huge mansion or tricked-out Bentley Bentayga worth a quarter mill? The answer is, you don't.