G-Eazy | Scary Nights | Album Review
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Concluding the season of spooks and scares with a Halloween-esque album, Oakland-raised rapper G-Eazy released his EP Scary Nights in late October. The 8-track album consists of a breezy runtime of roughly 28 minutes and contains many horror-like beats, tones, and pitches to create a dark and entertaining atmosphere.
Like his previous work in 2015’s When It’s Dark Out and 2017’s The Beautiful & Damned, Scary Nights continues G-Eazy’s trend of utilizing dark imagery in his work. Featuring many underground artists, such as Dex Lauper, and big-name artists Miguel and The Game, Scary Nights was produced with a vast number of diverse vocals, lyricism, and melodies to create a unique and energetic EP.
Starting off with the title track, “Scary Nights,” G-Eazy shows off his lyrical rhymes amongst a dark and edgy beat that is set to a simplistic minor key. The track “Big Ben” ft. Preme opens with an ominous and unsettling tempo that plays repeatedly before transitioning into a steady rhythm of heavy bass, percussion, and high piano keys.
Toward the latter half of the EP, audiences are treated to subtle tones and beats. “Hittin’ Licks” opens with a euphonic and majestic rhythm that transitions fluently into a mashup melody of hip hop and soul. “Demons & Angels,” ft. Miguel and The Game, is powered by a soul-like instrumental that contains mellow rap bars from G-Eazy and The Game. The ending track, “A Very Strange Time,” consists of colorful synths and hard percussion that concludes the album in a pleasing way.
Overall, Scary Nights is a well-produced EP with tracks that have individual stories and sound different from one another. G-Eazy carried the album in a significant way with solo outings, yet with guest artists, the EP was able to reach a higher limit of dark and edgy music.