Rising rapper EST Gee shares his latest video, “Get Money (Remix) ft. Yo Gotti” today. Directed by Diesel Films, the pair are surrounded by good company in Gee’s hometown of Louisville, KY. On the forceful track the duo smack-talk while spitting verses on their street-savviness and their livelihoods. Together, their energies are at an all-time high and the Louisville community visibly matches their enthusiasm during this glorious moment. The original track released last summer caught the attention of Pitchfork who praised the up-and-coming rapper, “Gee presses into its kick to create a kind of friction. As EST Gee establishes the sound of his Louisville on “Get Money,” he feels like a small-town star.”
Last week, CMG Records announced the Louisville rapper as the latest addition to their roster (42 Dugg, Moneybagg Yo, Blac Youngsta, etc.). The announcement came on the heels of the release of Gee’s recently-released project, I Still Don’t Feel Nun, that includes collaborations with CMG CEO, Yo Gotti as well as MoneyBagg Yo, Jack Harlow, Kevin Gates and 42 Dugg, among many others. On the 16-track body of work, Gee showcased his natural rapping ability and quickly asserted himself as a viciously versatile force. The release led to him garnering acclaim from the likes of ABC News Radio, HotNewHipHop, HipHop DX and Okayplayer, among others, as well as support across all digital streaming partners and co-signs from the likes of Lil Baby, Mulatto, Meek Mill, and more. Gee also teamed up with GRAMMY nominated Louisville native rapper, Jack Harlow, on his track “Route 66.” No strangers to one another, “Route 66” is the third time the pair teamed up, only this time it led to Gee’s debut late night performance alongside Jack, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! A few months into the release of I Still Don’t Feel Nun, we’re quickly witnessing that in many ways, the acronym EST hints at his future in Louisville and beyond.
LISTEN TO I STILL DON’T FEEL NUN BY EST GEE HERE
From a young age Gee absorbed music differently, being turned out to “absorbed music differently.” His father turned him on to the likes of Jeezy, UGK, and Scarface. Even his grandma “a church type of lady” loved rap. However, EST Gee deconstructed it in his head. He studied the beats and the instrumentation. At the same time, he excelled in basketball and football under the shadow of the streets. Gaining a scholarship to play college football, he shuttled back and forth between Louisville and Texas. In late 2017, he picked up his own recording equipment and started cutting tracks. EST Gee made his debut with “New Number” during 2018 as he kicked the door down for 2019 projects such as El Toro and Die Bloody. Along the way, he also joined fellow Louisville spitter Jack Harlow on the Confetti standout “Rotten.” However, tragedy nearly derailed this momentum. Caught “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he got shot five times, suffering bullet wounds in his eye and stomach. After three weeks in the hospital, he was stuck on bedrest for another three weeks. At this point, he recorded Ion Feel Nun at his friend’s studio. “I made the whole tape at my partner’s house fucked up with 50 staples,” he admits. “I couldn’t even take a deep breath, and I had to record sitting down. I needed to keep my eye patch on too. Going through that, nothing can get to me anymore. I’m past trauma. I don’t feel it. I’m numb. It made me.” Ion Feel Nun yielded his breakout “On The Floor” [feat. Icewear Vezzo & Payroll Giovanni], posting up nearly 2 million YouTube views. Meanwhile, Pitchfork named 2020’s “Get Money” as “The must-hear rap song of the day” and claimed, “EST Gee establishes the sound of his Louisville.”