Cities such as Chicago, Detroit, or Atlanta are known for creating a plethora of hip-hop stars, but what makes it even more remarkable is when an artist comes out of a small city. That’s what EST Gee did, hailing from Louisville, Kentucky.
EST Gee is a bustling rapper receiving recognition within the hip-hop community for the past two years. Born George Stone, EST Gee is undergoing a breakout year which positioned him to receive a cosign from Yo Gotti’s Collective Music Group and Interscope Records back in January.
EST Gee’s lion-hearted demeanor and more than just music attitude gained interest with Jay-Z and Yo Gotti, with Jay-Z asking Gee to come to a studio with him. In 2019, he began earning a local following in Louisville after releasing El Toro and Die Bloody. Similarly, Louisville native Jack Harlow found Gee after finding his song “New Number,” which took Louisville in 2019. EST Gee landed with Harlow on the track “Route 66” from Jack Harlow’s 2020 album, That’s What They All Say.
In March, EST Gee was featured in Lil Baby’s “Real As It Gets,” a song that played a role in pushing Gee into the limelight. The song eventually peaked at number seventeen on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number thirty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100.
After developing a unique style through several self-released mixtapes, EST Gee released his album Bigger Than Life Or Death in July 2021. Within Gee’s new album, you can hear features from Yo Gotti, Lil Durk, 42 Dugg, Lil Baby, Young Thug, Future, and more, to name a few. Gee’s music incorporates different styles of trap and southern hip-hop influences.
The name for the album is inspired by a near-death experience EST Gee had when he was shot in September 2019 while shooting a video with rapper Sada Baby. In EST Gee’s “Off The Porch” interview, he stated that the impact of his music career is more significant than himself.
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Within Bigger Than Life Or Death Est, Gee focuses on the natural side of southern rap and documents the everyday life of Louisville. By using trap and other contemporary variations of the genre, Gee shows off expandability within his music. He balances the harrowing storytelling with a Louisville swagger that appeals to the streets of his neighborhood.