This G-Eazy article was written by Peter Shand, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ben Kendall.
From the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, hyphy music and rapper E-40, G-Eazy delivers his sophomore label album ‘When It’s Dark Out’. The record starts off with G-Eazy inviting the listener to his world, attempting to dispel any myth or rumour that the success of his debut album ‘These Things Happen’ was no fluke. “Imagine it, put the hours in and stayed passionate, wasn’t blowin’ money, I was stacking it, figured what the fuck I want to do in life and practiced it, pay attention, none of this is happening by accident” he raps on the song ‘Random,’ the album’s opener.
‘Me, Myself & I’ featuring rising singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, carries the story of a man who doesn’t seem to be enjoying all this new found fame and success. Frustrated by fake friends and the invasion of his privacy, G-Eazy seems to have found himself caught in two minds wither to remain anxious of its pitfalls or enjoy its rewards: “It changes though now that I’m famous everyone knows how this lifestyle is dangerous but I love it the rush is amazing.”
‘One of Them’ keeps up with the albums theme of achieving and conquering, but on this occasion feels redundant. Even a witty verse by Big Sean can’t awaken the party. The Bay Area native brings the party back alive on ‘Drifting’ featuring Chris Brown and Tory Lanez. Dedicated to a lost love, this is Eazy’s way of saying sorry courtesy of being under the influence. Produced by Cashmere Cat and Mssingno, ‘Drifting’ although it feels like a clear radio crossover attempt it still stylistically keeps G-Eazy natural element.
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Propped by a Crystal Waters’ ‘Gyspy Women’ sampled ‘Of All Things’. Eazy feels at home on this hyphy anthem, with Too $hort gliding through with a highly inspired verse. ‘What if’ arrives with the rapper deep in thought pining for answers, wondering what life could be if things were different even questions his own status in rap, “What if the game didn’t care I was white would I still be selling out shows every night”. As the album reaches its middle point, G-Eazy is not so much high off his attainment, but is on the come down led by song ‘Sad Boy’, ‘Some Kind of Drug’ and ‘Think About You’ continue the album’s woozy turn.
“No longer dad now, but a woman with whom she slept with, or for the years when a secret was how she kept it“, the sonant of words rapped on ‘Everything Will Be Ok’, featuring the recently Grammy nominated Kehlani. The records most in-depth song sees G-Eazy recanting the death of his mother’s girlfriend and the confusion that led to finding out his mother dating a women. “I went into that room, on the floor she laid I shook her she was blue, her skin was cold, she wasn’t breathing.”
The album ends with the ever so chilled ‘For This’ and bay area alumni E-40 and Keyshia Cole unite on the piano driven ‘Nothing to Me’. As sophomore efforts go, this record remains strong enough to avoid the second album syndrome while bettering its predecessor, G-Eazy isn’t doing anything ground breaking or treading on new rap waters, but the highs convincingly outweigh the lows. This body of work shows the beginnings of potential star power, perhaps something his core-fan following have known for a long time.
‘When It’s Dark Out’ is out now via RCA Records.