It wouldn’t be hard to pin down some of the musical influences that may or may not have had an impact on Gerald Earl Gillum’s music and career. As one of hip hop’s latest heartthrobs, G-Eazy is taking full advantage of his fame and success, and it shows through his lyrics. The Oakland, California native who studied the music industry in college while amassing a cyber following with internet music posts is, according to his raps, enjoying the high life whether it be by smoking some loud, enjoying drinks at the bar, or spending time with the come-and-go ladies he encounters out on tour. Surprisingly enough though, the tone of These Things Happen, his third LP after 2009’s The Epidemic LP and 2012’s Must Be Nice, is poignant and pensive, when he is not boosting himself and belittling the competition. G-Eazy is easy-going and unrushed as are the airy, mellow beats to this project, lending a serene feel to everything. Lyrically he is a four out of ten (ten being the best), and much of the album is spent bemoaning a troubled or lost love interest. There are great guest verses from E-40, A$AP Ferg, and Danny Seth, but that is about it as far as lyrical magic is concerned. At twenty-five years old at the release of this album, G-Eazy has lots of open doors in front of him and many great opportunities at his finger tips, but for him to truly manifest success, it is a matter of realizing the good that needs to be done and putting in the work, all while finding himself in the process.