Review: G-Eazy’s New Project ‘Everything’s Strange Here’

Multi-platinum selling rapper, G-Eazy, releases new side project Everything’s Strange Here, ahead of his anticipated studio album. Everything’s Strange Here departs away from his signature rap and hip hop beginnings, as he tries his hand at something new; a hazy experimental alt-rock sound. 

The project was created and developed during G-Eazy’s time in quarantine and features a mix of covers and original songs. On a recent Instagram post, he writes: “8 weeks ago I didn’t know I needed to make this. The world has been turned upside down and inside out- but a lot of us have had the fortunate opportunity to self-reflect, grow, and evolve. This project is a representation of where my heart and head have been at. It’s honest and pure- it’s me. Take it or leave it- this is how I feel.”

Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime (G-Eazy’s cover of a Beck original) opens up the 10-track project and sets the tone for a melodically-dreamy, sonic landscape. Whilst G-Eazy may have departed from his typical musical style, his prior subject matter appears consistently throughout this project. In songs Back To What You Knew and All The Things You’re Searching For, he discusses themes of love and troubled relationships. The latter song features singer Kossisko, and G-Eazy’s rumoured girlfriend, actress Ashley Benson.

Stan By Me is the second single from this project; produced by electronic producer, Marshmello. The single moves away from the preceding mellow tracks, and offers a slightly upbeat tempo with a pop-folk vibe, whilst G-Eazy playfully declares his infatuation for a new love giving him ‘the chase’. 

There are somber and introspective moments on this project where G-Eazy even gets a little emotional. Nostalgia Cycle reveals a melodic softness, coupled with sincere lyrics. He sings,My mind is in a fight against the time that I have left”. On Every Night Of The Year, G-Eazy laments his troubles as he offers insight into the everyday lives of struggling people trying to survive, layered over a melancholic guitar riff. Like his other tracks, this song explores his vocals and singing, with little to no rap.

I Had Enough is full steam ahead as the closing track of this project. It kicks off with an electronic intro and G-Eazy rapping before crescendoing into a fast-paced rhythm and energetic, electronic hip-hop beat. He samples Carly Simon’s song, You’re So Vain, as he sings “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you”.

Everything’s Strange Here offers an alternative perspective into G-Eazy’s demonstrated, multifaceted musicality, with scope for a part II.

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