G-Eazy
When It's Dark Out


4.0
excellent

Review

by Peter Meister USER (94 Reviews)
December 5th, 2015 | 53 replies


Release Date: 12/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The psychological revolution.

There are demons or a darkness that is concealed in all of us. It is a raging fire waiting to come out bursting in flames and destroy everything in its path, whatever it may be. My hidden demons" The constant, lasting reminder that I feel certain people in my own social life don't have the same caring tendencies as I do in my heart. When California rapper G-Eazy dropped the first single off his darkest, grungy release to date with the emotive "When It's Dark Out", the self-love anthem "Me, Myself & I", it resonated in my own self when in instance it usually doesn't. The ominous, darkening atmosphere blessed with the hauntful cries from EDM vocalist Bebe Rexha in the hook to the blunt, cold lyricism dropped by Eazy himself immerses yourself into a state of self-pity, yet self-confidence that only you can change the outcome of bull*** that goes in your life. This is a grimy creeper of a project, flooded with emotion on every angle, and it brings it in droves.

The terrifying, haunting production which immerses the project is out in abundance, which is undoubtedly the highlight of the record. It's masterpiece is fronted with the thoughtful, yet colorless "What If", a diverse question-asking piece ranging to societal matters to the philosophical, going as far as into the sports realm, with G-Eazy asking what the world would do if the Oakland Raiders won the Super Bowl or if Kobe Bryant bailed the burning firestorm of the Lakers for a team of higher superiority like the Warriors. The icy, crackling lyricism that blares like a siren is on-point and drowning with fire and air is like a clash between the two, a lasting blend that confides with itself quite naturally. That can be said for the tone of the album itself, a dirty, cruel piece of work that yearns for being fed with hate and vibrancy. It's prominent with the deafening, defiant and ambitious "Random", with its cynical guitar and ominous background vocals that give it that sense of terror, but also a sense of resilience for the ones who get hated and trashed on. This is that kind of anthem for that demographic.

The cruelty in the piece also features a side that screams for love, support, and for hope, a polar opposite that confides with the clash of ice and fire that exists within the record. The grievances in the mournful, flashy "Drifting" brings that with the desperation flowing from the fight in Chris Brown's vocals and the killer rap in the beginning from Tory Lanez that energizes the glistening yet emotive track. More of that optimism and hope shines in the obvious "Everything Will Be OK", brightened by the glowing, roaring hook from vocalist Kehlani and the promising, hopeful lyricism spat by the tough, raw vocals in G-Eazy as he fronts self-love, to fight whatever situation that is thrown your way, and to never give up. It's a darker, more tearful counterpart to what Logic brought with the same premise in "Lord Willin'", with drug-inducing, colorful synths that breathe life into an otherwise hopeful but grieving atmosphere. It easily glows as the best track off the record, and on a personal level it related and resonated within my own self.

The legacy that "When It's Dark Out" will leave behind is that it is the kind of psychological revolution that G-Eazy conceived to bring to the masses, to stop hiding the troubles and deception that exists in each of our own troubled selves and to embrace it, to face our demons. He also asks for optimism and for hope that no matter whatever hell you're going through, that you'll survive. It will bring chill to your bones, break you down to tears, but it will instate that resilience that is also conceived, yet concealed within our own state of minds. It can be one of the harder listens you come across by because of the deep immersion of emotion conveyed on all parts of the emotive spectrum. The most emotive hip-hop record of the year by far and his best piece to date, G-Eazy lights that fire in all of our souls, telling us to endure that depressing mental struggle, whatever and whenever it may be, because in darkness there is always light.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SPRFanOf5H
December 4th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

59th review, looking to make it 60 before the end of 2015! Excited to drop this one down.



Thoughts on the record, criticism, feedback, and otherwise on the review would be much appreciated everyone!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2015


23947 Comments


love his beats but not a huge fan of his lyrics...hopefully he improved on that on this album

torts
December 5th 2015


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I somehow agree

torts
December 5th 2015


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

g eazy life game literal abysmal black void

SPRFanOf5H
December 5th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hated These Things Happen, but this one is a lot more intriguing to listen to than that one. That's for sure.

rufinthefury
December 5th 2015


3080 Comments


ngl this first paragraph is super cringy and cliched.

alienobserver
December 5th 2015


4495 Comments


yeeaahh

SharkTooth
December 5th 2015


13854 Comments


Similar Bands: Drake, Hoodie Allen, Logic, Lil Wayne

SPRFanOf5H
December 6th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely only see the similarities with Logic but that's it.

rufinthefury
December 6th 2015


3080 Comments


someone gave this a 5 lmaO

SPRFanOf5H
December 6th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wouldn't 5 it but the almost sinister like production was a massive highlight for this record.

rufinthefury
December 6th 2015


3080 Comments


production cant carry a whole album though. Big Sean had some great production on his newest album but that's still a 2.5/5 at best for me.

StarlessCore
December 6th 2015


5849 Comments


some of the beats on here are quite nice

imagine if they were given to a rapper who wasn't boring, ignant and frankly bad

rufinthefury
December 6th 2015


3080 Comments


[2]

Ryus
December 6th 2015


16572 Comments


holy fuck this is bad

someguest
December 6th 2015


29865 Comments


holy fuck this is bad


Similar Bands: Drake, Hoodie Allen, Logic, Lil Wayne


No shit, Sherlock.

Ryus
December 6th 2015


16572 Comments


i wanted to hear it for myself. between this and the new kid cudi, this is shaping up to be a great year for atrocious music

alienobserver
December 6th 2015


4495 Comments


still gotta check new cudi lmao

SPRFanOf5H
December 6th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Infinitely better than These Things Happen. If you wanna talk atrocious production, that one was terrible. Same with the lyricism, because that was absolute garbage as well.

StarlessCore
December 6th 2015


5849 Comments


and that hasnt changed here cuz hes a terrible terrible whiteboy loser, mac millers new album was more enjoyable than this. this guy is so so so bad



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