About EST Gee
Focusing on the realist side of Southern rap, EST Gee authentically documents day-to-day life in Louisville, Kentucky, incorporating trap and other contemporary variants of the genre.
Raised in the Newburg neighborhood of Jefferson County, Gee got a football scholarship to Indiana State University. He was the first in his family to attend college and, although his studies weren't completed, he enjoyed the time there and it gave him the confidence to create music. Praised by his peers for his ability to rhyme, he decided to take it up professionally, conflating the acronym EST -- Everybody Shine Together -- with Gee, a reference to his forename, George. His relaxed, but relentless, lyrical style was often characterized by a signature trail-off in delivery at the end of a track. This is evident on El Toro, one of two albums -- the other being Die Bloody -- that he self-released in 2019. These projects coincided with the birth of his son.
In September 2019, Gee was shot five times after filming a video in Atlanta. The incident kept him hospitalized for a short while due to his stomach injuries, but also led to the impairment of vision in his left eye. He had already completed sessions for his next album, so his convalescence was punctuated by the release of singles such as "Morals," "Taught Different," and "On the Floor," material that all ultimately appeared on March 2020's Ion Feel Nun. Sadly, early 2020 brought the death of his mother, as well as his brother, tragedies that solidified his determination to make the most of the platform provided to him by a burgeoning music career. Within weeks, Gee was being interviewed online about his experiences and his growing catalog. In December 2020, he issued I Still Don't Feel Nun, which featured cameos by contemporaries such as Babyface Ray, Yo Gotti, and Jack Harlow. ~ James Wilkinson