The Beautiful & Damned

The Beautiful & Damned

by G-Eazy

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Overview

Exploring the two sides to his personality, the Bay Area rapper born Gerald Gillum tackles his duality as G-Eazy on his third effort, The Beautiful & Damned. A double album, the collection chronicles the pitfalls of a hedonistic lifestyle in the limelight, as well as the clichéd behavior that comes with the territory. With production from the likes of the Futuristics, Boi-1da, Dakarai, David Guetta, and others, it's his best-produced and most pop-leaning offering to date, elevated by a stacked roster of guests. Soulful vocalists Charlie Puth ("Sober") and Sam Martin ("Leviathan") provide plaintive choruses to offset Eazy's cautionary musings about his fast living, while Kehlani ("Crash & Burn") and Madison Love ("Mama Always Told Me") contribute two of the many highlights on The Beautiful & Damned. In fact, the album functions best when Eazy is paired with a female foil, his bad-boy heartthrob image tamed by an often stronger presence. On "No Limit," both Eazy and A$AP Rocky take a back seat to the show-stealing (and showstopping) Cardi B, her verse as satisfying and hard-hitting as Nicki Minaj's on "Monster." Elsewhere, Zoe Nash and Anna of the North make similar improvements, but it's the lead single, "Him & I," that truly shines. A self-described "2017 Bonnie and Clyde" with then-girlfriend Halsey, it's the type of song that makes an entire album worth the effort, an immediate hit and standout. On his own, Eazy's solo tracks lean toward contemporary 2017 trap stylings, hypnotic and woozy atmospherics pairing with typically dark and fatalistic lyrics like "I would die a legend if today they JFK me." However, at the album's close, Eazy makes a surprising turn toward clarity and defiance, taking the podium to address social issues on "Love Is Gone" with Drew Love of THEY., before ending on a poignant note with "Eazy," a warning to his younger self. Through the dark and the light, the arrogance and the contrition, the temptation and the control, both Eazy and Gillum take their turns in the spotlight like a leather-clad, slick-haired Jekyll and Hyde. With an inspired guest list and excellent production, The Beautiful & Damned is a satisfying artistic accomplishment that cautions as much as it seduces. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2017
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889854675028
catalogNumber: 546750
Rank: 18532

Album Credits

Performance Credits

G-Eazy   Primary Artist
Sean Malone   Guitar
Leven Kali   Background Vocals
Madison Love   Background Vocals
Michael Jade   Background Vocals
Nicky Blitz   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
John Mitchell   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Michael Masser   Composer
Adam Levine   Composer
Earl Taylor   Composer
Earl Stevens   Composer
Kanye West   Composer
Dakari   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
David Guetta   Composer,Producer
Jean Nelson   Executive Producer
Samuel Louis   Composer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Composer
Ryan Lott   Composer
G-Eazy   Producer,Executive Producer
Boi-1DA   Producer
Hitmaka   Producer
Futuristics   Producer
Gee Roberson   Executive Producer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Floyd Bentley   Composer
Dillon Francis   Composer,Producer
Carl McCormick   Composer
Michael Mule   Composer
Ozan Yildirim   Composer,Producer
Julian Gramma   Composer
Joe Khajadourian   Composer
Ed Thomas   Composer
Christoph Andersson   Composer,Additional Production
Tim Gomringer   Composer
Kevin Gomringer   Composer
Kaelyn Behr   Composer
Matthew Colwell   Composer
Isaac de Boni   Composer
SG Lewis   Producer
Rakim Mayers   Composer
Allen Ritter   Composer,Producer
Louis Collard-Watson   Composer
Dakarai "Dg" Gwitira   Composer
Holly Hafermann   Composer
Jack Revens   Composer
FNZ   Producer
Gary Burton   Composer
Oliver Rodriguez   Composer
Paulo Rodriguez   Composer
Alexander Schwartz   Composer
Kuya Beats   Producer
Gerald Gillum   Composer
Bobby Bruderle   Art Direction
Jay Anthony Fort   Composer
Sam Martin   Composer
Madison Love   Composer
Ashley Frangipane   Composer
Michael Jade   Composer
Shane Lindstrom   Composer
Michael Keenan   Composer,Producer
Drew Love   Composer
Charlie Puth   Composer,Producer
Samuel Ahana   Composer
Cardiak   Producer
Jgramm Beats   Producer
Mali-Koa Hood   Composer
Murda Beatz   Producer
Jamil Davis   Executive Producer
Matthew Bauerschmidt   Executive Producer
Gabrielle "Goldie" Nowee   Composer
Kehlani Parrish   Composer
Henrique Daher   Composer
Henry Daher   Producer
Nicky Blitz   Composer
Belcalis Almanzar   Composer
Jim Lavigne   Composer
Anna Lotterud   Composer
Madison Katherine Wolf   Composer
Edgar Machuca   Composer
Jordan Thorpe   Composer
Gerald Goffin   Composer
Georgia Sinclair   Composer
David Obata Teel   Composer
Bradford Pinto   Composer
Daniele Gagliardi   Composer
Klenord Fort   Composer
Ugochi Azuike   Composer
Zoe Nash   Composer
Christian Ward   Composer

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