When It's Dark Out

When It's Dark Out

by G-Eazy

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Overview

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. And rap. On G-Eazy's second LP, When It's Dark Out, the self-made Young Gerald oozes confidence on a nocturnal journey of hedonistic rhymes set to the wooziest of productions. He spits about what he knows: gratification, how to attain it, and the energy expended in the process. Yet despite the pitfalls and pain that he raps about here, the lures of pleasure and fame remain mighty. G-Eazy covers familiar ground, spinning similar tales of drugs, partying, and fornicating over 17 addictive tracks without the decadence ever growing stale, like wandering through different, enticing corners of a dark club. By weaving such tales of danger and pleasure, G-Eazy delivers a bevy of vicarious escapes to his listeners. He manages to differentiate himself from easy race comparisons -- while also acknowledging his conflicting privilege -- rapping about being "the coldest white rapper in the game since the one with the bleached hair" and asking "what if the game didn't care I was white?" He's not corny like Macklemore, not scary like Eminem (circa 2000), not as earnest and afflicted as newcomer Witt Lowry. He's another breed: a rapper and a rock star. Throughout, G-Eazy is supported by an army of guests ranging from singers Bebe Rexha (on the hit "Me, Myself & I") and Keyshia Cole ("Nothing to Me") to hip-hop stars Big Sean ("One of Them") and Chris Brown ("Drifting"). Old-school icons Too $hort ("Of All Things") and E-40 ("Nothing to Me") even make appearances to offer a bit of street cred. Occasionally, G-Eazy takes pause, offering moments of introspection and reflection. On "For This," he provides a lyrical reminder of how far he's come, and how he did it by himself, while on "What If," he reminds listeners "I worked for years and studied the game." It's an assured nod to the past, when rising to the top came with a lot of discipline and grassroots support. Beneath the debauchery and boasting, G-Eazy sounds grateful to see his hard work pay off. Just don't stop his party. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751536623
catalogNumber: 515366
Rank: 6370

Album Credits

Performance Credits

G-Eazy   Primary Artist
Devon Baldwin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Lauren Christy   Composer
Neal Conway   Composer
Crystal Waters   Composer
Todd Shaw   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Gary Hill   Composer
Tom Barnes   Composer
Brian Springer   Vocal Engineer
Herbert Rehbein   Composer
Happy Perez   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jon Mills   Composer
Jean Nelson   Executive Producer
Chris Brown   Composer
Rob Kinelski   Vocal Engineer
O.Z.   Producer,Engineer
Jesse O'Brien   Composer
David John   Composer
G-Eazy   Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Nathan Perez   Composer
Ben Kohn   Composer
Dylan Thomas   Composer
Cortez Bryant   Executive Producer
Marc Griffin   Composer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Peter Kelleher   Composer
Daniel Johnson   Composer
Ozan Yildirim   Composer
Southside   Producer
Kevin White   Composer
Christoph Andersson   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Remo Green   Composer
Bebe Rexha   Composer
Vinay Vyas   Composer
Parker Ighile   Composer,Producer
Arcade   Producer
Garrett Nash   Composer
Grace Sewell   Composer
Daystar Peterson   Composer
Gerald Gillum   Composer
John G. Liwag   Graphic Design,Layout
Michael Keenan   Composer,Producer
Brittany Hazzard   Composer
Ellison "Red" Anderson   Composer
Cade Thurlby   Layout
gnash   Producer
Kane Blatz   Producer
Joey Faccio   Graphic Design

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