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"Sober" is a song by American rapper G-Eazy, featuring American singer Charlie Puth. It was written by Eazy, Breyan Isaac, Ester Dean, Matt Dragstrem, Edgar Machuca, The Futuristics, Puth and Dakarai Gwitira, with production handled by the latter three. The song was released via RCA Records on December 8, 2017, as the third single from G-Eazy's fourth studio album, The Beautiful & Damned.[1][2][3][4]

"Sober"
Single by G-Eazy featuring Charlie Puth
from the album The Beautiful & Damned
Written2015
ReleasedDecember 8, 2017 (2017-12-08)
FormatDigital download
Length3:23
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
  • Breyan Isaac
  • Joe Khajadourian
  • Ester Dean
  • Alexander Schwartz
  • Gerald Gillum
  • Charlie Puth
  • Matt Dragstrem
  • Dakarai Gwitira
  • Edgar Machuca
Producer(s)
G-Eazy singles chronology
"Him & I"
(2017)
"Sober"
(2017)
"1942"
(2018)
Charlie Puth singles chronology
"How Long"
(2017)
"Sober"
(2017)
"Done for Me"
(2018)
Music video
"Sober" on YouTube

Contents

BackgroundEdit

G-Eazy revealed the album's full track listing alongside the single release.[5][6] Talking about how the collaboration came together, Eazy told MTV News: "Charlie is one of the most talented individuals in music. He's a really special artist. We met a while ago when we're touring in Europe, and we're playing venues right next to each other. We clicked up that night and just talked and just vibed, and I found out he is a huge fan of the Bay Area hip hop, it was a huge new found respect for him on that level." He also explained his reasoning for the title of the song, saying: "I try to illustrate both sides, you know what I mean? There's definitely the fun side of going out and partying. I'm out all the time. But then there's also that reality of — I try to paint the picture of the other side, living with that [feeling], what did I do last night? But it's all about finding that medium, and I think that's ultimately [the meaning of] The Beautiful & Damned, is to not end up way out there, and to keep yourself in check and try to find that balance, find moderation, or whatever."[7]

In an interview with Billboard, Puth said that he wrote the song with Breyan Issac and Ester Dean in 2015, which was a dark point in his life, and that he had someone in mind when he wrote it. He continued: "You never know where these songs are gonna go. I had originally written verses, like sing-y verses, and it just didn't feel right. It felt like it needed an Eminem type story. When I heard G's verses on it, they just happened to be something similar to what I went through. There is no other person who could have done it better than G. I love G. Young Gerald, Eazy season. He's my tallest friend."[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Megan Armstrong of Billboard made the metaphor of G-Eazy's rapping being "the devil on one shoulder" and Puth's voice being "the angel on the other [shoulder]". She praised both artists for playing off their contrast in styles.[9] Deepa Lakshmin of MTV News felt "G-Eazy's rap verses blend perfectly with Puth's smooth vocals".[10] Mike Wass of Idolator regarded the song as "a bro-anthem" and "an ode to, and a cautionary tale about, drunken nights". He praised Puth for providing "an instantly hummable chorus".[11]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[12]

  • G-Eazy – songwriting
  • Charlie Puth – songwriting, production
  • Breyan Isaac – songwriting
  • The Futuristics – songwriting, production
  • Ester Dean – songwriting
  • Matt Dragstrem – songwriting
  • Dakarai Gwitira – songwriting, production, record engineering
  • Edgar Machuca – songwriting
  • Jaycen Joshua – mix engineering
  • Ben Milchev – engineering assistance
  • David Nakaji – engineering assistance

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[13] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 80
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[15] 16
New Zealand Heatseeker (RMNZ)[16] 9
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[17] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[18] 49
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 33
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 15

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various December 8, 2017 Digital download RCA [12]
United States March 20, 2018 Contemporary hit radio [22]
Italy March 23, 2018 Sony [23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Findlay, Mitch (December 7, 2017). "G-Eazy Reflects On Drunken Lust In Charlie Puth Assisted "Sober"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Hudelson, Molly (December 11, 2017). "G-Eazy shares new single "Sober" featuring Charlie Puth". Substream Magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Dj Felli Fel (December 8, 2017). "G-Eazy Recruits Charlie Puth For New Single "Sober"". KPWR. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Sterling, Scott (December 8, 2017). "G-Eazy Recruits Charlie Puth For 'Sober'". CBS Radio. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Powell, Jon (December 10, 2017). "G-Eazy Recruits Charlie Puth for "Sober"". Respect. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "New Music: G-Eazy feat. Charlie Puth – 'Sober'". Rap-Up. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  7. ^ G-Eazy (November 20, 2017). "G Eazy X MTV News". MTV News (Interview). Interviewed by Gaby Wilson. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  8. ^ Weatherby, Taylor (December 28, 2017). "Charlie Puth Recalls Recording With Selena Gomez in a Closet, Liam Payne's Weird Studio Habits & More Duet Details". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Armstrong, Megan (December 8, 2017). "G-Eazy & Charlie Puth Prepare For Drunken Mistakes in New Song 'Sober'". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  10. ^ Lakshmin, Deepa (December 8, 2017). "G-Eazy And Charlie Puth's New Song Is A Hangover Waiting To Happen". MTV News. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Wass, Mike (December 8, 2017). "G-Eazy Teams Up With Charlie Puth For New Buzz Track "Sober"". Idolator. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "The Beautiful & Damned / G-Eazy TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – G-Eazy feat. Charlie Puth – Sober" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "G-Eazy Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201850 into search. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "G-Eazy Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  18. ^ "G-Eazy Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  19. ^ "G-Eazy Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  20. ^ "G-Eazy Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – G-Eazy – Sober". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  22. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  23. ^ "G-EAZY FT CHARLIE PUTH "Sober" - (Radio Date: 23/3/2018)". radiodate.it. Retrieved 8 December 2018.