Last Sunday, some of you may be aware that G-Eazy had his first NYC show of the “When It’s Dark Out” tour. My sister is a huge fan, and for her birthday I took her to see the concert. It was freezing cold outside, but we waited in line for close to two hours shivering to make sure we would be near the front of the mosh pit atmosphere.
The show opened with an energetic but short set from Marc E Bassy. He hyped the audience, but his set was extremely short playing only three songs and an instructive intro about how to pronounce his name. I had never really listened to him before, but his set left me being a new fan.
Personally, I liked the digital screen behind him featuring animated art inspired by 90s artist Keith Haring.
Next A$AP Ferg cam out donning a sleek snake skin textured black trench coat and basking in red lighting. He played one of his old hits, Shabba among other songs. He also brought out Marty Baller with his signature cornrows. His set mixed with Nef The Pharoh’s, who’s energy was insane as he bounced and thrashed accords the stage.
After the crowd was lit from the energy of the multiple show openers, everyone was ready for G-Eazy to come out. His stage presence was amazing, and it was obvious despite it only being his sophomore album he has a loyal fan base and everyone in the crowd felt a connection because not a single person around me wasn’t screaming along to every last single lyric without hesitation.
The set was risky showcasing a city strip with “strippers” in the window of one of the buildings. He played with vertical elements to keep the show dynamic, starting on stage level with the band on top of the fake buildings, jumping into the crowd, and eventually transitioning to sing from on top of the buildings. He played a huge amount of crowd pumping songs; the whole show had a cohesive flow to it.
His set list was versatile including oldies but goodies from his freshman album; “Tumblr Girls”. He also got vulnerable, clearly being moved by the environment, and the passion he injected into his music. Songs like “Sad Boy” discussing how he’s dealing with fame make you feel connected to him because they’re so emotionally raw and honest. He took time to appreciate the other artists in the tour, his mom who he had flown out for the show, and his roots in the Bay Area.
The show ended with two of his biggest hits, which I’ve actually heard on the radio a lot this past month lined up, “Me, Myself, and I feat. Bebe Rexha” (who was there in person wearing an amazing gray sparkly coordinating crop top and pants set) and then he ended the night with his number one, “I Mean It”.
G-Eazy is quickly rising to popularity and I can’t wait to see where he takes himself by his next tour.