“I don’t, I don’t tell myself I made it. I don’t tell myself I’m successful. I tell myself I’m hungry and I want to keep goin’.”
“So music became like my passion, my vehicle for you know I mean what I was you know driven to do.”
“I meet fans that like have been to like 25 shows. And that’s crazy but it’s like you could lose that trust in an instant if you ever broke your brand”
Evan: He’s an American rapper and record producer.
His first major label album These Things Happen hit number three on the U.S. Billboard 200.
His single, Me, Myself and I hit number seven on the U.S. Billboard 100.
He’s G-Eazy, and here’s my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Rule number one is my personal favorite and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best. And as always guys as you’re watching the videos if you hear something that really resonates with you please leave it down in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Also, as you are writing something down it’s much more likely to stick in your head, too. Enjoy.
Rule #1: Go Hard
Go hard, and then when you think you’re goin’ hard, go harder. Like that’s really it, just hustle, you know what I mean? There’s nothin’ in life that you can’t, you can’t put enough work in every single day and not get better at. You know what I mean? Like if you want to be good at something, you know what I mean, like you can’t just not like do it every day and not get better.
“Go hard, and then when you think you’re goin’ hard, go harder.” – G-Eazy
It’s the same beep with music the same beep when you learn how to play an instrument or something. If you spend your time practicing your craft like you know that’s really it, it just you know. Cuz nowadays it’s like with the internet everything is so accessible and you know everybody in the world is a rapper, you know what I mean?
Everybody’s puttin’ music out. So it’s like how do you stand out? Quality’s always going to matter, but also bein’ different. You can’t try to be different, you know what I mean? But you just got to be yourself.
Rule #2: Build a Great Team
Interviewer: What do you credit for your success?
Man you got to have a great team. It’s all about havin’ the right people around you.
♫ Surprise, surprise, another night of turn up ♫ Woo hoo, it’s just me, myself and I.
Both who are solid workers but also just positive influences to you, you know what I mean? People that inspire you, people who bring good energy every day. That and just you know hard work and dedication.
♫ And as far as I can see ♫ I just need privacy ♫ Plus a whole lot of tree, beep all this modesty ♫ I just need space to do me ♫ Get a world away that they’re tryna see
Rule #3: Keep Learning
Nah, you got to have that ability to kind of self-criticism, you know what I mean? And, learning and being willing to you know to take a step back and you know learn more and not just feel like.
I mean a lot of times you know it’s so many artists I just feel like now I’m the hottest, why am I not, you know I mean, why am I not doing arenas right now?
” learning and being willing …to take a step back and …learn more” – G-Eazy
Why, why am I not you know what I mean, how did my mixtape get slept on? And how did I, you know what I mean, whatever but you really just got to it’s all about just payin’ dues, and just takin’ that time and just puttin’ the work in.
Rule #4: Just Focus
Interviewer: What are the things that you think can distract someone especially in the music career?
Regular people beep, you know ever since I finished college I’m like I been just you know livin’ off music. And you got all this free time, but it’s on you to like be like alright I really got to be in the studio today.
“Zero in and just focus. And for me that was gettin’ rid of everything.” – G-Eazy
Not just go kick it with homies, not just like be everywhere, not just like you know doing all this beep. But just like you know just, just focus.
Cuz at the end of the day like when that work gets done you know you can see the results. Like it takes you places. So for me, it’s really like I want to zero in and just focus. And for me that was gettin’ rid of everything.
Rule #5: Stay Hungry
I mean success I don’t think it’s something you can, I don’t think you can you know describe success is you know it’s x. Cuz it means different things to different people and there’s different levels of success. I’d say we’re starting to enjoy success now. I bought my mom a brand new car for her birthday.
“I don’t tell myself I made it. I don’t tell myself I’m successful. I tell myself I’m hungry and I want to keep goin’.” – G-Eazy
That was definitely a dream come true for me. That was a level of success, but then you look at Jay Z you know what I’m sayin’ he’ll tell you a billion is a success when he makes it to a B or whatever, you know what I’m sayin’ like he’s way, way, way up there in the stratosphere.
So this just like I don’t, I don’t tell myself I made it. I don’t tell myself I’m successful. I tell myself I’m hungry and I want to keep goin’.
Rule #6: Be Driven
I mean I grew up within hip-hop culture, you know, that’s what I was immersed in like as a youth. Like that’s what I was surrounded by so naturally that’s you know what I gravitated towards you know what I mean?
If I grew up somewhere else maybe I would’ve wanted to play guitar, like you know sing folk songs or somethin’. But that was just naturally what I gravitated to because that what I was surrounded by. That was my world. I don’t know, I was into music. You know some kids were into basketball.
“Music became like my like passion, my vehicle for …. what I was …. driven to do.”
I wasn’t very good, so you know music was like. I wasn’t just like a kid who is you know I don’t know play video games, or just sat on a computer all day doing nothing. Just I mean I was like a driven kid, you know what I mean?
So music became like my like passion, my vehicle for you know what I mean what I was you know driven to do. And naturally it was what I was surrounded by.
Rule #7: Make It Happen
I think a lot of people kind get it messed up like they feel if I could only get my music into the right person’s hands or something like that then my life would change instantly.
And I just, I don’t think we live in that day and age any more, you know what I mean? It’s not about waiting to be discovered you got to discover yourself and build your own following and make it happen.
Rule #8: Give Your All
I meet fans that like have been to like 25 shows. And that’s crazy but it’s like you could lose that trust in an instant if you ever broke your brand.
If you ever your broke your identity and what you stand for. And that’s why it’s like it doesn’t matter how tired I am from you know that day’s schedule or the shows the night before, like 10 shows in a row without a off day or whatever, like if I’m traveling to a city, if I have an event, if I’m talkin’ to people, whatever like, they don’t care about what happened last night in Orlando, they came here you know what I mean for the show in the Wolnas tonight. And you have to give it your all and always be you and never slack because it’s like they don’t care what you goin’ late. So you got to like always like you know. And the same thing it’s like with an album, or a song, or even like a feature verse or something like that. It’s like the second you break that you know what I mean and then slack is like when you let people down and you start to lose that brand loyalty of like you know if you, if you were like a Coca Cola person and some like, you know what I mean, like you went into a store and you bought a Coke and it started tastin’ funny and it just dropped off, you know what I mean? You wouldn’t be a Coke person any more you start messin’ with Pepsi, you know what I mean? (audience laughing) So it’s like, you know I’m going to jump over to this side. It’s the same thing it’s like.
Interviewer: And not for no reason, it’s because you’d stopped trusting that Coke was going to be what you rely on it for.
Rule #9: Find Yourself
It’s just always havin’ a strong sense of self. And havin’ that confidence, you know. And whatever environment you’re in, you know whether good or bad, it’s just you know knowin’ who you are never reaching to try to you know impress anybody or be somethin’ you’re not, and just feel comfortable in your own skin, and that’s not always easy. But it’s all a process of just finding yourself through this journey of life.
Rule #10: Find Your Passion
I think the most beautiful part about life is finding what you love to do and finding your place in it, and finding a way to make that a reality. Whether you love to paint, or to make music, or to play sports, or you know, write, whatever it is that you love to do in life, or whatever it is that you love to live, or the people you like to be around and finding ways to make that a reality.
“I think the most beautiful part about life is finding what you love to do and finding your place in it, and finding a way to make that a reality.” – G-Eazy
Like I fell in love with hip-hop when I was real little and I started writing raps and making beats. And I was like, this is what I love to spend my time doing I want to find a way to make that a reality and get to travel the world, and get to, you know, live the way I want to, and share that with people.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Razvehn asked me to. So if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do. I’d also love to know what did G-Eazy say that had the biggest impact on you? What lesson are you going to take the most from this video and immediately apply somehow to your life or business? Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Harshith. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word and making those awesome tribute pictures and sharing them with me. I really, really, really appreciate your support.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever Your One Word is, much love. I’ll see you soon.
Do Something Different
I just think music is changing in terms of the gatekeepers and the power that be, the powers that be. And I feel like it’s in a more democratic time it’s like the power is in the musicians’ hands and in the fans’ hands. I mean they choose you know what, what matters, what’s relevant, what sells, what you know.
It’s not so much like the old powers, the old gatekeepers who could just shove something down your throat. It’s like you know you see less and less superstars and more, and more organically grown you know artists like myself who are just you know just doin’ somethin’ a little different, you know what I mean, bending genres and don’t necessarily fit within this like format or walls of you know whatever, just kind of doin’ their own thing. And finding an audience and growing it organically and just makin’ it happen.
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