Track Review: G-Eazy ft. Ashley Rose, ‘Still’
Despite the fact that G-Eazy has seen his fame increase exponentially, he asserts that fame hasn’t made him a perfect person on single, “Still.”
Bay area rapper G-Eazy has seen his fame increase exponentially. He is “kind of a big deal” without question. After landing a platinum album with When It’s Dark Out, he returns with a pair of new singles: “Still” and “Bone Marrow” (featuring Danny Seth). On “Still,” he reflects on how fame hasn’t changed him fundamentally.
The production has a robust quality. Interestingly, the song resides in a lower register. It’s anchored by solid drum programming. The overall sound of “Still” has a raw quality about it, which complements the concept. G-Eazy delivers an extended verse as opposed to separate verses. He opens “Still” with a lyrical bang:
“I took some time off, it’s time I start rappin’ again / don’t wanna end up a ‘damn, what happened to him?’ / See my anxiety is kickin’ in, I’m askin’ a friend / ‘Am I losin it?’ He said, ‘No and don’t ask me again.’”
G-Eazy shows off an impressive flow as always, dropping a few “bombs” here and there. By bombs, his favorite catchphrase is “f*ck it.” Ashley Rose provides the hook, which doesn’t arrive until the song is nearly finished. She provides a stark, but welcome contrast to Eazy’s rapping.
Ultimately, “Still” finds G-Eazy dealing with fame and being imperfect as a person. As aforementioned, he wishes to share with his fans that fame didn’t make him invincible or change him fundamentally. This is most obvious in the featured quote:
“I still use these drugs, I’m still taken ‘em / I drink bottles in clubs, we still pay for them / I got plenty excuses, I’m still makin’ ‘em / I got flaws, I’m human, have faith in ‘em.”
All in all, G-Eazy delivers an honest, thoughtful, and enjoyable single with “Still.” “Still” isn’t the type of joint to set radio or the club on fire, but it feels authentic – not forced from the MC. Even though this isn’t a hype cut or banger, it shows the rapper’s strengths artistically nonetheless.