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Crowd-pleasing G-Eazy lacks quality at Don Haskins Center

Michaela Román
Artist G-Eazy performs at the Don Haskins Center on Sun. April 26.

When G-Eazy brought his tour to El Paso, “When It’s Dark Out Tour,” it had been noted as a highly anticipated event for the Don Haskins Center on April 24; but it was evident that the Bay-area rapper is nothing more than a teen sensation, store-bought rapper and a panty-dropper.

The tour was in the spirit of his fourth studio album, “When It’s Dark Out.” While his first major studio album, “These Things Happen,” was more critically acclaimed, it seems that “When It’s Dark Out” is just a collection of commercial rap that loses the rapper’s uniqueness. This was G-Eazy’s first appearance in the Sun City since Neon Desert in May of 2015.

After his crew, comprised of rappers such as Marty Grimes, headlined the show in an under-par fashion, the stage was set for G-Eazy. As his DJ and drummer came out with instrumentals, the curtains fell and revealed a rugged, motel-inspired theme for the stage and G-Eazy waltzed out dressed in a basic denim shirt with dark jeans and vans. As teenage girls fangirled over the stick-figure-looking rapper, he hyped up the crowd immensely with his opening track to his album, “Random.”

After his opener, G-Eazy transitioned to more songs off his new album, such as “Order More.” He seemed to enjoy the El Paso crowd during his second trip in less than a year, and even talked about how he wanted to return to the city to eat at L & J Café, which was humorous.

Despite the less-than-average start with tracks off his new album, G-Eazy picked up-tempo tunes with his older banger, “Far Alone.” The track took the audience on a journey back to his hometown, Oakland, Calif. He transitioned to “Tumblr Girls,” which was entertaining; yet, seemed to lose the crowd by the end of “Let’s Get Lost.” He picked up a crowd rally when he played “Lotta That,” which had the fans screaming the hook of the song.

G-Eazy closed the first half of the concert with “I Might,” which was nothing more than a lady enticer.

As he took a break, his DJ—DJ Quiz—played some G-Eazy classics that came across as an unimpressive attempt since the rapper was not onstage to rap along. Hits such as “Lady Killers,” “Monica Lewinsky” and “Stay High” sounded like they came straight off an iPod. Midway into each track, the crowd was bored and lost interest. There were too many tracks to follow and the idea, although admittedly different, was simply uninteresting.

Returning to the stage with “Don’t Let Me Go” was the highlight of the concert. He appeared atop the motel and rapped the first, then swiftly came down to the stage and finished the track. “Some Kind of Drug” followed with impressive drums that complimented the song.

While flows got better, graphics atop the stage started becoming childish and strange as the show progressed. The graphics appeared on a billboard above one of the motels above G-Eazy and complimented the misogynistic, party-themed show. The graphics not only had an erratic pattern, but also were tough to see and follow along. They looked childish at points, portraying G-Eazy as a child-like cartoon and moving emoji at one point.

He rallied the crowd with “I like Tuh” and “Loaded,” which the entire audience sang along to. Then, he followed with “Me, Myself and I.” The song was a hit and featured a great use of lighting. The concert should have ended on that note, but he followed with “You Got Me” and “I Mean It” to close his show.

Lyrically, G-Eazy faltered in all different areas. The rapper is still rapping about things he used to four years ago—degrading women, excessive partying and facing stardom. Nothing is new, there is absolutely no quality in his lyricism. One of his most outlandish lyrics, “What if I did fuck Rihanna? What if I had two bitches at once with no drama?” While he shows talents of a entertainer, there is no depth in his lyrics.

One of the few positive takeaways from the show is how genuinely impressed G-Eazy looked with El Paso—something that could spark interest for an actual good hip-hop artist to come to El Paso in the near future. He constantly fed off the crowd and said things like “El Paso is the most lit city…”

Adrian Broaddus may be reached at [email protected]

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About the Contributors
Adrian Broaddus, Sports Editor
Adrian Broaddus is the sports editor for The Prospector. He is a junior multimedia journalism major with a minor in political science.   Adrian was born and raised in El Paso, TX, and is a graduate of Franklin high school. He entered college in the fall of 2015 in hopes to better his career in journalism.   Along with sports, Adrian enjoys writing music reviews, perspective columns and news stories on politics.   Although he is pursuing his degree in journalism, Adrian would like to go to law school and be an attorney while doing part-time work in journalism.  
Michaela Román
Michaela Román, Editor-in-Chief
Michaela is a Senior Digital Media Production major at The University of Texas at El Paso. As the Editor-in-Chief, and former Photo Editor of The Prospector, she has learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others. She also has freelance experience and a personal photography business. Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism.
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    MyaApr 26, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I think what you meant to say was that as a sports editor, your area of expertise is indeed in a different field. I appreciate and recognize your eagerness to become a well rounded journalist however, you’ve got your work cut out for you in your feedback. Which seems to be good so you won’t have to research anything seeing as how you must be against this in this piece. This isn’t an article about your personal biases bit I was hoping for an informative piece about the environment and the trend in music, this phenom of different hip hop that has been trending but this sounds like an attempt at “any publicity is good publicity”. Please refrain from publishing any other writings that aren’t your area of expertise, especially without any sound credible information other than your opinion. Good luck.

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    erick parraApr 26, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    I’m going to guess you’re not a fan. Let me show you what I experienced. Made a clip, go watch.

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      MikeApr 27, 2016 at 9:51 AM

      This article is horrible. The first sentence is incorrect, who edits the prospector? What a joke? Was the purpose of this to inform or was it an opinion piece because that is what it was. G-Eazy is am entertainer, he put on a show, this article was written by someone who obviously doesn’t understand that it’s all business. The point of a concert is to make money, and admittedly sometimes it’s easier to appeal to lust: G Eazy did what he had to do and it’s not his fault that girls like him.

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    Concerned El PasoanApr 25, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Were you even at the concert? Did you see how much everyone was enjoying it? Obviously not because if so, you would have noticed that everyone was having an amazing time and truly appreciated his music. There were people of all ages and gender, not just teenage girls. Yes G-Eazy’s music is about the party scene, but that is why everyone loves it because he knows how to appeal to his fans. He also writes about his journey to stardom and his personal experiences, of which have inspired and motivated his fans to follow their dreams and work hard as he himself has done. Most other hip-hop artists also write about their personal experiences so I don’t understand what your opinion of an “actual good hip hop artist” is because obviously your views differ from the majority of El Paso. This leaves me questioning your credibility and wondering if you were the right person to cover this event or any event for that matter, because you cannot correctly represent the citizens of El Paso nor their voice.

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    AshleyyyyApr 25, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    This article pointes out some things i didnt pay attention to, I run a G Eazy fanpage on Insta and us fans love his songs but im not going to lie some of his songs are typical considering he is a rapper but he has songs like Sad Boy and Everything will be okay that has depth and emotional meaning soooo yeah anyway

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