The Beautiful & Damned (album)

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The Beautiful & Damned
G-Eazy - The Beautiful & Damned.png
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
GenreHip hop
Length74:22
Label
Producer
G-Eazy chronology
When It's Dark Out
(2015)
The Beautiful & Damned
(2017)
Singles from The Beautiful & Damned
  1. "No Limit"
    Released: September 8, 2017
  2. "Him & I"
    Released: November 30, 2017
  3. "Sober"
    Released: December 8, 2017

The Beautiful & Damned is the fourth studio album by American rapper G-Eazy. It was released on December 15, 2017, by RCA Records.[1] It features guest appearances from Halsey, Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, Kehlani, Jay Ant, E-40, Charlie Puth and Anna of the North, among others.[2][3] The album was preceded by three singles; "No Limit", "Him & I" and "Sober".[3]

Background[edit]

The album's cover art and release was released on November 8, 2017.[4] A short film accompanied its release date. The film was directed by Bobby Bruderle alongside G-Eazy, who co-wrote it and was released as an Apple Music exclusive.[2][4][5] .It was later revealed that G-Eazy paid for the film himself, costing around $700,000. In an interview with Angie Martinez, he revealed the album's concept.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.0/5 stars[7]
Consequence of SoundD+[8]
The Guardian2.0/5 stars[10]
HipHopDX3.9/5[11]
Pitchfork5.1/10[12]

The Beautiful & Damned received polarized reviews from music critics, with a score on Metacritc of 59/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9] Neil Z. Young of AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars stating that, "With an inspired guest list and excellent production, The Beautiful & Damned is a satisfying artistic accomplishment that cautions as much as it seduces."[7] HipHopDX concluded; "Established formulas of pandering singles and assembly line choruses aside, The Beautiful & Damned possesses enough serious assertiveness and classic Bay area slick talk to get burn well into 2018.", giving the album 3.9 out of 5 stars.[11]

In a more mixed review, Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork Media gave the album a 5.1 out of 10, and said that, "There are no insights to be found here about prestige, depression, or dependency. The whole thing is unbelievably dour and boring."[12] Rachel Aroesti of The Guardian gave the album 2 out of 4 stars, and disapproved of the album's themes, stating in her conclusion, that, "His take on rap’s current go-to themes of drug dependency, joyless sex and the double-edged sword of success feels stale and smug."[10]

In a negative review, Wren Graves of Consequence of Sound shared a similar sentiment, and gave the album a D+, stating "There’s no interruption, no welcome silence between discs one and discs two. No, just 20 songs, a brutal slog of stacks and condoms and stacks and condoms and occasionally a disembodied ass without any other parts of a woman sighted."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Beautiful & Damned debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with 122,000 album-equivalent units, of which 68,000 were pure album sales.[13] It is G-Eazy's third US top 10 album.[13] In its second week, the album dropped to number eight on the chart, earning an additional 50,000 album-equivalent units.[14] In its third week, the album climbed to number four on the chart, selling 42,000 more album-equivalent units.[15] In its fourth week, the album climbed to number three on the chart, selling 38,000 units, bringing its four-week total to 252,000 album-equivalent units.[16] On January 31, 2019, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over a million units in the United States.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[18]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Beautiful & Damned" (featuring Zoe Nash)
  • Gerald Gillum
  • Dakarai Gwitira
  • Madison Wolf
  • Mali-Koa Hood
  • Georgia Sinclair
Dakari3:09
2."Pray for Me"3:27
3."Him & I" (with Halsey)The Futuristics4:28
4."But a Dream"
3:26
5."Sober" (featuring Charlie Puth)
  • The Futuristics
  • Dakari
3:23
6."Legend"
3:25
7."No Limit" (featuring ASAP Rocky and Cardi B)
  • Boi-1da
  • Ritter
4:05
8."The Plan"
  • Gillum
  • Gwitira
Dakari4:10
9."That's a Lot"
  • Gillum
  • Julian Gramma
  • John Mitchell
  • Machuca
  • Gwitira
J Gramm3:34
10."Pick Me Up" (featuring Anna of the North)
3:47
11."Gotdamn"
2:52
12."Leviathan" (featuring Sam Martin)
  • Gillum
  • Michael Keenan
  • Gwitira
  • Nicolas Scapa
  • Michael Aljadeff
  • Machuca
  • Keenan
  • Dakari[b]
3:47
13."Crash & Burn" (featuring Kehlani)3:00
14."Summer in December"
  • Dakari
  • Henry Daher
3:06
15."Charles Brown" (featuring E-40 and Jay Ant)
  • Kuya Beats
4:48
16."No Less" (with SG Lewis and Louis Mattrs)
SG Lewis4:10
17."Mama Always Told Me" (featuring Madison Love)
3:11
18."Fly Away" (featuring Ugochi)
  • Gillum
  • Gwitira
  • Ugochi Azuike
Dakari3:31
19."Love Is Gone" (featuring Drew Love)
  • Dakari
  • G-Eazy
3:54
20."Eazy" (featuring Son Lux)
  • Dakari
  • G-Eazy
5:09
Total length:74:22

Track notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "Pray for Me" features background vocals by Madison Love.
  • "But a Dream" features background vocals by Devon Baldwin.
  • "Leviathan" features background vocals by Michael Jade and Nicky Blitz.
  • "No Less" is a remix of SG Lewis' song "No Less".
  • "Love Is Gone" features background vocals by Leven Kali.
  • "Charles Brown" contains uncredited interpolations of "Heard Em Say" by Kanye West.
  • "Eazy" samples "Easy" by Son Lux.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[18]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Platinum 80,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[39] Gold 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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