By NICOLE LOSEK, Arts & Entertainment Editor
G-Eazy dropped his fourth studio album, The Beautiful & Damned, on December 15. Along with the album, he released a short film that gave some light inside the life of G-Eazy.
Young Gerald’s career started to take off in 2012 with the release of his first album, Must Be Nice. The album hit no. 3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. Two years later G-Eazy released These Things Happen which topped the charts. In 2015, When It’s Dark Out dropped and G-Eazy set off on his second world tour.
The following year, he hit the road with rapper Logic for the Endless Summer tour. I had the chace to see the show in Ohio. The energy G-Eazy brought to the stage was insane. It was at a venue similar to DTE. An outside stadium with a pavolian with seats and lawn up at the top. Luckily, I got the chance to sit under the pavlion to get a clear view of the show. The crowd was wild from start to finish and was one of my most memorable concerts.
Jumping to 2017, The Beautiful & Damned was released just when our winter break was starting. I personally liked this album. The concept behind the songs and they way he tells his story is something that makes it different than his previous albums.
In an interview with Billboard, Gerald explains:
“The concept of it is kinda split in half and it’s two CDs, but for all intents and purposes its 20 songs, it’s just a long album,” he explained. “The concept of it is kinda like its about the lifestyle, ‘The Beautiful and Damned.’ Like being a kid, having the dream of doing this, starting from square one, from outside looking in from without having nothing — to chasing this dream, and then all these years down the road of following this yellow brick road trying to get to where you’re going, one day waking up and being like, ‘Did it take me where I wanted to go?’ This fantasy of, like, sex, drugs, & rock ‘n’ roll is kinda clichéd, but it’s clichéd for a reason. It’s dark.”
This concept is portrayed in the short film as well that G-Eazy co-wrote. The 24 minute film clearly portrays the life that G-Eazy lives of sex, drugs, alcohol and partying, but also shows the Gerald that we don’t know. The struggle between living the life he lives, finding that balance back to himself and realizing that this life is not it’s all cracked up to be.
I liked the songs of Must Be Nice and These Things Happen more, but The Beautiful & Damned topped When It’s Dark Out, in my opinion. It was obvious that G put in a lot of work into this album and film, and it payed off.
After this project, I am interested to see what this hip-hop heartthrob has in store.