Title: The Beautiful & Damned
Featuring: Halsey, ASAP Rocky, Cardi B, E-40,Kehlani, Charlie Puth, Zoe Nash, Anna of the North,Madison Love, Jay Ant, UGOCHI, Son Lux, Sam Martin Music & Drew Love.
Production: Boi-1da, Murda Beatz, Cardiak, Allen Ritter, Cubeatz, Hitmaka, Dillon Francis,DavidGuetta The Futuristics.
Singles: No Limit & Him And I
Label: RCA Records
G-Eazy continues to be a mystery to the rap game, is he the real deal? Or is he yet another rapper who's here today, gone tomorrow. Well on this his fourth studio release, the bay area MC delivers one of the most sonically balanced albums of 2017. The Beautiful and Damned follows the theme of it's title, a constant battle between good and evil. On the album's title track/intro G-Eazy attributes these conflicting thoughts to his being a Gemini. He feels himself constantly being torn in two directions, living out of a suitcase, partying, being with different women & indulging in self destructive behavior while at the same time wanting to settle down and live a normal life.
The albums production has it's own divide, bouncing back & fourth between trap beats, conscious raps & love ballads. Led by the hit single "No Limit" (prod. by Boi-1da & Allen Ritter) featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B, which has since turned into a staple at strip clubs everywhere. So I'm told. Then countering with tracks like "Summer In December" & "Fly Away" that have a late 90s/early 2000 classic hip hop vibe. Including my personal favorite "Charlie Brown" where he enlists bay area natives E-40 & Jay Ant and we see G-Eazy reflecting on how far he's come and where he currently sees himself as an artist, as a man and as the new face of The Bay. On the album's outro "Eazy" young Gerald takes a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on the events that got him to this point while taking aim at his haters stating "If it was easy everyone would do it. While his lyrics can grow tiresome at times, overall "The Beautiful and Damned" is a formidable blend of hip-hop, trap, and R&B. We give it a solid 4 out of 5 X's.