OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — Another Oakland celebrity has joined the Oakland Roots football club ownership group. The Roots announced on Tuesday that G-Eazy bought a stake on the team.
G-Eazy, whose birth name is Gerald Gillum, was born in Oakland and attended Berkeley High School. He joins the NFL star Marshawn Lynch as Oakland natives to join the local football team ownership group.
“There aren’t many things or places that have defined me and my career more than the city that raised me,” G-Eazy said. “What Oakland Roots and Soul does for the people of The Town and the community is truly one of a kind and something when I was asked to be a part of it, I had to jump in right away.”
G-Eazy rose to fame in the mid-2010s and placed 16 songs on the Billboard Top 100. His songs Me, Myself & I, and No Limit cracked the Top 10 and remained in the Top 100 for 37 and 29 weeks. respectively.
“We all know G by his music, but we also know he’s Oakland through and through,” said Edreece Arghandiwal, CMO of Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul. “Throughout his career, he has made it his business to bring Oakland and the Bay Area into the universe.”
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The Roots were founded in 2019 by a group of Oakland natives and have since launched a women’s team, the Oakland Soul. They play their matches at Laney College and compete in the National Independent Soccer Association.
The team and G-Eazy will launch products at the Roots’ final home game of the season on Oct. 1. To see it, go to Roots website.