I’m very particular about rap. Either I love it as soon as I hear it or hate it, there’s no in-between. There’s no questioning the skills of any rapper good enough to score a recording contract, but for me it’s always about the hook. You can have the sickest flow since Busta Rhymes, but if there isn’t an awesome hook, I won’t like it. Fortunately, that’s not the case with this week’s single, G-Eazy’s “Far Alone” featuring E-40 and Jay Ant. The hook in question is a spare one– a series of four-note echoes on a synth– but it’s an undeniably catchy one that elevates the cut above the usual fare.
G-Eazy, aka Gerald Gillum, hails from Oakland, California, and has been a fixture in the Bay area rap scene for awhile, opening for rappers like Drake, Snoop Dogg, and Lil’ Wayne and releasing several acclaimed mixtapes. Even as a teen he was involved in music and was part of a group called “The Bay Boyz”. He attended Loyola University New Orleans, graduating with a BS in Music Industry Studies, and has been working his way up ever since, appearing on the Warped Tour and providing soundtrack songs for video games while continuing to release mixtapes, EP’s and three albums.
G-Eazy has excellent flow, but like I said, I’m all about the hook and the musicality, and in this case we have both without sounding over-produced. The sound is chilly, with a fun slap bass interposed with the synths, and will get you moving in your seat. I’ve taken issue with iTunes scrubbing so-called “explicit” lyrics on the Single of the Week before, and we’ve got the censors out in full force again this week. I’ll say it again: give us the option of getting the unedited version without having to pay extra for it. It’s the Single of the Week, it’s supposed to be free, and if I like the artist I’ll just buy the whole album anyway, which is kind of the point. So why not, people? *grumble grumble* Anyway, I enjoyed this one, and if you’re a fan of hip-hop you probably will too. The SeriouslyFluffy Final Grade: B