Five Essentials From Young Gerald

Five Essentials From Young Gerald

Bitten by the bug...

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Gerald Earl Gillum, better known as G-Eazy, came on to the hip hop scene a couple years ago and has enjoyed a steady rise to fame. Gillum hails from Oakland, California, the oldest child of Edward Gillum - A professor at CSU Fresno, and Susanne Olmsted, the couple divorced when he was very young. After going to live with his grandparents, they relocated to Berkley, California, where he attended High School, - which, sidenote is the same high school my cousins Sylvie and Malakhi, have and will attend - miss you guys <3. After Berkley, Gillum went to Loyola University for a degree in music industry studies. His mix tapes were met with limited success until his debut album These Things Happen tipped the scales, sending him from "overlooked to overbooked" (his lyrics). In his few years atop the charts, Gillum has stacked up more than a few hits. - all of which I could easily add to this list, but after some extensive into his catalogue, I managed to find a couple gems. I got into G-Eazy purely by chance, - I just happened to move in with the right people this fall. ;) So wether you've never heard of him, or need no introduction this list is for you.

1. SOME KIND OF DRUG ft. Marc E. Bassy

"I got the drink, I got the herb, I'm tweakin', now I must be cured The only way I rest assured is if... I get my fix.

From on his sophomore album, When It's Dark Out, this is hands down my favorite track, not only from this album, but of his recorded works. This boozy, sexy, beat and collaboration with Marc E. Bassy is the perfect introduction to G-Eazy's catalogue. It's easy listening and is key to party playlist. I say that with confidence because Some Kind Of Drug has become a staple feature at my parties this year.


"You say the same love, this is fake love I sold you a dream and you kept the pay stub"

This is one of my new favorites. Tired Of Talking is a bit of an undiscovered gem found on LÉON's remixed album. While G-Eazy is just a feature artist on this track, his part contributes hugely to this track. LÉON's style is diversifies both their catalogues.

3. DON'T LET ME GO ft. Grace

"Even the brightest of colors turn to greys. highs comes down but the pain still stays. even the longest of nights turn days."

Don't Let Me GO is kind of a different kind of sound for G-Eazy. When I first heard it I was reminded of an old black and white movie, there's something timeless about it. Don't Let Me GO is an accomplishment for both artists, for Grace's dramatic, pain-stricken chorus mixed with G-Eazy's steady rhymes to make a perfect moody blend of musical styles.

4. TUMBLR GIRLS ft. Christoph Andersson

"Meant to die, we moved fast and then we crashed You and I were made of glass, we'd never last"

From his first studio album, These Things Happen, this track is classic G-Eazy. With it's breezy, steady beats and rhythmic lyrics, Tumblr Girls has a hypnotic quality as well and flows like melodic, melancholy poetry that you just want to hear over and over again. The piece also features producer and noted hip-hop artist, Christoph Andersson.


"So hard on myself I think I'm going insane The mind of a perfectionist is always in pain"

Sad Boy is one of G-Eazy's more personal pieces. Rather than spin lyrics about drinking, sex and his life post fame. This rare solo track, also featured on When It's Dark out, reflects on some of his most painful memories and gives us a vivid look into his early life in the Bay Area of California, one that had it's fair share of hardships.

Be sure to check out G-Eazy's catalogue, available on Itunes and streaming on Spotify. And catch his new single Guala ft. Carnage, out now.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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