G-Eazy, Khelani, Kool John, Jay Ant All Ages Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Jan. 10, 8 p.m. 2015

This past August Rolling Stone ran a feature on Bay Area rapper Gerald Gillum, aka G-Eazy, in which writer Christopher R. Weingarten wonders why crossover fame has eluded the MC even as he’s racked up serious numbers as an indie musician. Though his debut that summer, These Things Happen (BPG, distributed by RED), reached number three on the Billboard 200, G-Eazy remains on the margins, his popularity confined to a small, fervent fan base. His status could be due just to the fracturing of pop music—but I’d also chalk it up to the fact that the album is merely OK. On it the MC rolls out an unadventurous pop-hyphy hybrid that sounds like a watered-down copy of Drake’s sleek, somber raps. Gillum’s lyrics rarely go deeper than his desire for fame. Actually, he epitomizes what it means to be a celebrity, or a person famous just for being famous—at least, most of this album doesn’t speak to his talents for doing anything else. There’s one exception, specifically, “Opportunity Cost,” where he reflects on the sacrifices and unfortunate choices he’s made on the road to quasi-stardom. If These Things Happen had more tracks like it, Gillum might come off more like a rapper than like a handsome guy with a nice haircut who happens to rap. —Leor Galil

Price: sold out

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