ALBUM REVIEW: G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out

Monday, December 14, 2015

The album’s title When It’s Dark Out hints that G-Eazy’s second studio album was going to show all the things his previous release didn’t. My initial expectation was that this album was going to give us a whole other side of the rapper from the Bay area - though much of production could be described as ‘ominous’ and ‘dark’, it’s the lyrical content that prevented him from fully exposing his inner feelings and fears as an artist.

Though getting money and having tonnes of girls at his beck-and-call might be the reality of his life, constantly hearing about it in his songs is annoyingly repetitive. It moulds into the stereotype we have for rappers in 2015, who only seem to care about drugs, money and women. In many of the tracks on the album, we hear G-Eazy tell his audience numerous times that he has an endless supply of women that it makes you want to start rolling your eyes. Though this would be regarded as acceptable if his aim was to create an album that he wanted to be played on repeat in the club, but because I originally expected the album to expose more lyrically (as the album title suggested) I was left disappointed. One of the most finest moments on the album ‘Me, Myself & I’ (ft. Bebe Rexha), which features stellar production, was let down by it’s lack lustre lyrics. Though he touches on the perils of fames (such as the lack of privacy), he doesn’t dig deeper into the issue. Listening to the track alone doesn’t give me the feeling that he gets tired of fame - however, the music video does provide more of an insight into this. Lyrically, he suggests that though he does prefer privacy, parties and women do give him a distraction from the darkness - so the song is kind of contradictory. 

Another moment I expected to see more Gerald and less G-Eazy on the track was during ‘Sad Boy’. Initially, the vibe of the track reminded me of ‘Soundtrack 2 My Life’ from Kid Cudi’s debut album, just not as depressing and heartfelt. Again, he could of used this track as an opportunity to expose his emotions in more depth but he fell short and didn’t go deep enough. One of the lyrical highlights from the album where he exposed his inner thoughts in detail was on ‘Everything Will Be OK’ (ft Kehlani). In this track, he discusses the struggles of being away from home as well as the painful moment he discovered the body of his mother’s lover after an overdose. 

One of the best tracks on the album was ‘Don’t Let Me GO’ (ft Grace). Grace’s vocals are sultry and captivating, and the pounding percussion is hauntingly perfect. The production of Parker Ighile steals the show and overall presents a defining track on the album that truly epitomises what I expected to hear. 

Though the production of the album is of a high level, it can also be seen as a copy of the major trends we’ve seen in hip-hop this year, therefore demonstrating a lack of originality. The sound most prominent was the trap-espue beats that have featured in Atlanta style hip-hop, from artists such as Future and Travis Scott (though he is from Houston, his music is very Atlanta inspired). One of the tracks I wish never made the final cut included ‘Order More’ (ft Starrah). The strip club anthem sounds like something that should appear on Rae Sremmurd’s upcoming album SremmLife 2. 

If you’re looking for an album that you want to jam at a party, then When It’s Dark Out is perfect for you. If you’re expecting to be exposed into the inner thoughts of the artist, unfortunately you’ll be left disappointed. Though the production is hard to fault, it’s his lack of insightful lyrics and weak hooks that is this album’s major shortcoming. In future releases, it would be refreshing to see him extend beyond the money, women, and  partying stereotype. He also is yet to find his defining unique sound, his third studio album will prove whether he’s here for the long haul. 

Written by Amy Smolcic

Rating: 5.5/10
Fav tracks: 'Don't Let Me GO', 'Nothing To Me', 'Everthing Will Be OK'
Lease fav tracks: 'You Got Me', 'Sad Boy', 'Order More', 'Calm Down'
Release date: 4th December