Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open share drawer. On "Random", he asserts that his surprise indie success isn't the result of some lucky breaks but a byproduct of hard work.
Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. When he's sharing space with someone as engaging as E-40 , the holes really start to show. Rapping and being a rapper often feel like chores for G-Eazy, and it can be a chore to listen to him. It's fitting that one of the singles is titled "Sad Boy" because that's the plainest way to express the basic idea of this record: It's easy to write G-Eazy off as a Macklemore that simply grew up further south: Even something as cool as being famous can be humorless and miserable.
But when he raps, "And fuck it, I'm the coldest white rapper in the game since the one with the bleached hair," on "Calm Down" it somehow feels less like a boast and more like an admission of a shallow field. When It's Dark Out is a marked sonic improvement from his debut.
It was carefully dressed mannequin rap, standing stiff without feeling.
His second record, When It's Dark Out , is a deliberately serious affair that refuses to play to his strengths. This is a deliberately serious record that refuses to play to his strength, a sharply turning flow that pivots on his buoyant pronunciations, which are naturally comical.
There's a certain earnestness to his writing, which focuses in on the things he wants—whether that's a Ferrari, a Grammy, or just for his grandmother to stay in her old home—and he's a very capable lyricist.
Each artist has taken each painstaking step to address his whiteness and subsequently how that makes them outliers and commodities all at once and they both present themselves as very for the culture , a phrase which here means aligned with conservative rap values and in tune with hip-hop culture's history and innermost workings.
But upon closer examination, G-Eazy isn't much like Macklemore at all; in fact, he's more like Bizarro Macklemore, a self-serious, self-absorbed swag rapper who shuns the thrifty for the bourgeois.
Instead, it opts to move cautiously and without jest. It's one of the few moments that give any credence to his burgeoning base. It was a decent first offering, but the music had no pulse: