[I]t’s a different view from the top. And right now G-Eazy is about as high as you can get. He’s rattling through a sold out European tour. His songs are racking up streams in the hundreds-of-millions (almost billions). He’s the subject of fashion editorials, hip-hop magazines and gossip columns. In short, he’s a global superstar.
He also has a clarity of perspective on his position and a thoughtful approach to his past – a rare thing in a music industry dominated by cash, clothes and individuals, substances and philosophies that can corrupt the mind.
His Beautiful and the Damned tour is named after his 2017 album of the same name, which is named after the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was the infamous documenter of the dangers of excess and the folly of materialism. Accordingly, G-Eazy’s album is a deeply personal exploration of the same themes. It’s a supremely honest album in the context of a music scene that thrives on bullshit and bravado.
There have undoubtedly been some f*ck ups along the way, but in the long run, the only way is up. After all, you’ve just gotta “do the best you can.”
G-Eazy plays the O2 Academy Brixton tonight.