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    Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:55:44

    Album Review: G-Eazy – "These Things Happen" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "When my album dropped, Jedis could feel the force shift," spits G-Eazy on the incendiary titular opener of his triumphant new album, These Things Happen.

    Coming out of the gate with a Star Wars reference automatically earns him points, but delivering it with a lightsaber chop elegance further solidifies the Bay Area MC as one of the most intriguing and irreplaceable artists in the game. The force has certainly shifted, and it’s G-Eazy’s moment. That’s the perpetual feeling throughout These Things Happen. Whether he’s discussing “skinny rich girls asking where the yay at”, questioning the validity of fame, and examining life as a twenty-something in America, the MC remains stunningly prescient and wise.

    Of course, he can still confidently announce, "I'm fucking your girlfriend, and there’s nothing you can do about it" on the infectious "I Mean It" featuring Remo. However, it's that dichotomy that makes him so vital to hip-hop. He's a thinker, but he's not beyond partying. Take "Lotta That" where he goes bar-for-bar with A$AP Ferg, lighting up the song with a double whammy of his refinement and the latter’s signature ponderous ratchet poetry. "Let’s Get Lost" featuring Devon Baldwin remains endearingly entrancing, while "Far Alone", in addition to boasting E-40 and Jay Ant cameos, bristles with eighties-style progression that could easily fit an episode of Miami Vice. How dope is that?

    "Tumblr Girls" featuring Christoph Andersson remains both voyeuristic and vital, standing out as one of the record’s best moments because it captures the general mindset of his generation. Everything leads into "Just Believe", which leaves one final empowering note.

    As far as rap is concerned, G-Eazy has delivered a masterpiece for this era—naturally. For those who may wonder, he answers best, "What the fuck you want me to say? These things happen."

    Talk about using the force.

    Rick Florino

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    Tags: G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg, Devon Baldwin, E-40, Jay Ant, Christoph Andersson, Star Wars

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