G-Eazy, YG & Blueface Unite For A West Coast Anthem That Carries On Tradition (Video)
This past February, G-Eazy paid homage to America’s left side with Los Angeles rapper Blueface and the trunk rattling single, “West Coast,” teasing the forthcoming release of G-Eazy’s next project. It has been two years since the Oakland, California MC released his fifth studio album, The Beautiful & The Damned, which reached #3 on the charts. Blueface released his breakthrough mixtape, Famous Cryp last year. Now, Gerald Gillum enlists fellow Californian’s YG from Blueface’s respective L.A. county and ALLBLACK from Gillum’s hometown for a video remix to the aforementioned “West Coast” cut.
The Westside’s Rap culture is captured expertly in blended black-and-white visuals curated by director Daniel CZ. Throughout, the artists themselves, alongside cameos from E-40, Ty Dolla $ign, Richie Rich, can be caught showing off the local flavor from their areas. Not unlike Tupac and Dr. Dre 23 years ago, these artists proudly celebrate what makes them love home.
In the video’s opening, G-Eazy is first to cross the bridge down from the Bay with a proper display of his flow and hometown flavor. “I’ll be signed to Sony for years, micro-dosing ‘shrooms, and I might just go pop a thizz / They see that black ‘Rari, they know that it’s one of his / Ooh, realest in the room, could fill a pool with all the alcohol that I consume / I’m coming this summer, yeah, it’s safe to assume / I’m finna clean up using Golden State’s broom / West Coast, real Town business / Puma check just got cleared, Merry Christmas / More sales, you catching more L’s / I drove here in a scraper, playin’ this on four 12’s.”
Then Blueface enters, bringing his SoCal swag to Fairfax Avenue. “West Side Yankees, Midtown business / Yeah aight, schoolyard to the children / Used to be broke, Cash Money got me healin’ / You can’t show me how to make a mil ’til you make a mil’ / Welcome to the West Coast, this the best coast / You can find the best h*es and the best dro’ / Doin’ the dash in the Aston, up and down Pico.”
ALLBLACK follows in turn, paying homage to Oak-Town with a plethora of blazing, Bump City bars between shots of streetcar burnouts. “Is it Lake Merritt on Sunday or a game at the Oracle? / Is it them Too Short-type Gary Payton players from the Big O? / Is it that timeless tycoon style like Shakur and Mac Dre? / That’s what they askin’ when they hear ALLBLACK in they stereo / Corner store white tee’s and a fifth of that dog water to go / Slappin’ ‘Saturday Love,’ goin’ dumb up out the window / I got Dirty Harry, no L’s, I ain’t stopping for Five-O / Chase some sh*t through Oakland, San Jose, Vallejo, and Frisco.”
YG closes the video surrounded by palm trees and a LEWIS beat, rapping for the West. He mentions how music goes across color-lines, especially in the streets of California. 2018’s Stay Dangerous reached #5 on the charts.
On Instagram, G-Eazy professed his excitement for the release of the Golden State graced video. “Dropping my favorite video I ever made … can’t wait for the world to see it … Made this sh*t with friends to capture the essence of the whole coast, a portrait of California culture, hella hyped.”