Album: Must Be Nice
Genre: Hip Hop
Having risen from nothing to something over the course of a few independent releases, G-Eazy is poised to become hip hop next big thing with the release of his latest album, Must Be Nice. Hitting online outlets today, Must Be Nice marks a clear evolution in Eazy’s style and delivery, with plenty of experimentation along the way. The stoned fellow we found dealing with heartbreak and planning big things on Endless Summer has now seen (even more of) the world and found himself somewhere amongst the chaos and success littered along the way.
When I spoke with Eazy earlier this month, he mentioned that Must Be Nice carried some darker themes, and that holds true throughout. Don’t get me wrong, The lighthearted wordplay we’ve grown to love is still present, but now it’s met with stronger metaphors and 100% original instrumentation that’s derived from countless hours spent studying, cutting, remixing, and learning to understand the workings of classic pop hits. What made Eazy unique with Summer is now what puts him into a completely different league of young hip hop talent. No longer is he another young rapper with a lot to say about girls and weed against a few good beats, he’s an actual songsmith, building hits from the ground up with ideas and melodies pushed forth from his soul.
Must Be Nice is a well-written, gorgeously produced look at the life of a young 20-something trying to make his way in a world filled with villains and pitfalls. There are songs about the good times and rhymes about the bad, as well as a few tracks just for smokers (UTG friend Mod Sun appears on “Stay High”), but Must Be Nice truly works best when enjoyed as a complete listening experience from beginning to end. It’s not just the sequencing that will hook you, though it is flawless, it’s how Eazy can give us 10 tracks (and a bonus) that stand well on their own while simultaneously representing a single part of a whole vision. Few young artists in ANY genre can accomplish something like this, and something tells me Eazy is only getting started.
Don’t waste another second of your day living life void of this release. Click here and claim your FREE copy of Must Be Nice from G-Eazy’s official website. If you love it and want to show support, the album is also available on iTunes.
Review written by: James Shotwell (Twitter)