10 May 2012

[Artist Picks] What Music is G-Eazy Listening To?

posted by: Lydia Artist Picks | Artists' Choices and Voices

Welcome to the 6th Artist Picks feature. To refresh your memories, let me recap what this feature entails. We are asking people, be they artists, listeners, or fans, what they would do if they were stranded on an island with an iPod that held only 10 songs. Which songs would they pick and why? Up to bat: G-Eazy, one of Sunset’s favorite emerging hip-hop stars.

1. Nas – Halftime

Illmatic is probably one of my 3 favorite albums of all time. It’s hard for me to pick my favorite song off of it, because it’s really one of those I like to listen to top to bottom. But if i had to pick one song to have on my iPod, itd be halftime. He goes in so hard on this track, these verses never get old. His bar structures and rhyme schemes are so crazy.


2. Kanye West – Drive Slow

It’s really hard to pick a favorite Kanye song, but this one is a classic, it just never gets old. The story he tells is so vivid… And that beat, man… He flipped 2pacs “shorty wanna be a thug” and just made it sound so much better. It’s definitely one you can play over and over.

3. Outkast – Aquemini

This is one of my favorite beats ever, that bass line… that rim shot that pops so clean with all that reverb, and that crispy hi-hat with that flanger on it… man. Then Andre’s verse comes in so clean. Just a great record. It’s perfectly weird and spacey, it kinda defines Outkast to me.

4. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

My grandpa and my mom both used to play Johnny Cash records all the time, so I heard them over and over again growing up, and I eventually got into his music on my own later on. He’s always been a staple on my iPod or iPhone or whatever.

5. Harry McClintock – Big Rock Candy Mountain

This is legitimately one of my favorite songs of all time. The story of a utopia told from the perspective of a hobo coming down the railroad tracks in those days is fuckin classic. Plus I’d need some of that to keep my spirits up.


6. 2Pac – Thugz Mansion

This is basically pac’s version of ‘big rock candy mountain’. If I was stranded on an island I would definitely need these records on my iPod, just so I could imagine being there.


7. The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby

I’ve always considered myself a loner, but I actually really enjoy my solitude – so this song in a lot of ways has always spoken to me. Plus it’s just basically awesome as fuck. I mean that double string quartet arrangement goes so ham, and the vocal harmonies on the chorus are so dope. I’m typically more of a John fan, but Paul really did his thing on here.

8. The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever

It’s so hard narrowing it down to just 2 Beatles songs. To be honest, I could probably live with all 10 being by the Beatles, but for the purpose of this list I’ll keep it to 2. But this one is really a masterpiece of a song.

9. Daft Punk – Something About Us

This song is just beautiful. I mean that whole album is great but this song always stood out to me. It’s something I’ll always be able to listen to and appreciate.

10. Lupe Fiasco – Day Dreamin’

I figure if I was stranded, I’d have plenty of time to lay around and kick it… this would be a perfect record. It’s also my favorite Lupe song.


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