Oakland-based rapper G-Eazy took the stage at the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium on a cold night in downtown Saint Paul. G-Eazy was in town a little over a month ago for a post-Super Bowl event, but this time it was to celebrate his new album, The Beautiful & Damned.
Including hit singles featuring a plethora of famous artists, G-Eazy’s latest album takes his well-known energy and style, but goes much deeper with more reflective lyrics. The album explores the mind of a more matured G-Eazy, and his experiences on the path to stardom.
The sold-out venue erupted in cheers as the first act of the show began with G-Eazy taking the stage in his signature all-black look. After opening the concert with the album title track “The Beautiful & Damned,” G-Eazy continued to perform more songs from the new album. The crowd got electric as he name-dropped Minnesota while performing “The Plan.”
Halfway through the show, G-Eazy thanked the Twin Cities crowd, saying it’s always been his “favorite city to perform in.” He went on to mention how he’s so grateful for how Minnesota has treated him; going from performing at the 250-person capacity 7th Street Entry, to selling out a 5000-person concert, to which the audience responded with equal enthusiasm, screaming and cheering at the top of their lungs.
The crowd, filled with young couples and groups of friends, cheered and danced as the show progressed to the third, and the final act of the show. The fans were hyped as G-Eazy performed fan favorites “Him & I” and “Me, Myself & I.” It was now time for the final song of the night: “No Limit,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, one of the biggest hits from the album.
After the show ended with G-Eazy thanking the crowd for an “amazing night,” fans started heading out with a wide range of emotions on display. Some had tears in their eyes, while others had vibrant faces, smiling and laughing with their friends. It was definitely a show to remember, as evident from the audience’s very positive, and expressive reactions throughout the night.
(Photos by Mansoor Ahmad)