It’s crazy just how quickly singer/songwriter Post Malone has soared to dizzying heights of meteoric stardom in the matter of a couple or years, isn’t it? Born Richard Austin Post before acquiring his stage name Post Malone via an online rapper name generator (yep, that’s really how he got it), his track ‘White Iverson’ has made him the biggest success story of the SoundCloud rap movement.
Though his 2016 debut LP ‘Stoney’ certainly helped to bolster his popularity, along with being a drawing point for both mainstream and alternative music communities, one of which being a huge fan and advocate for rock and heavy music, it was ‘Rockstar’ – the lead single of sophomore full-length ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ – that truly saw him become a household name.
Truly gone are the days of Post Malone yore where he once auditioned to be a guitarist for Crown The Empire or played Asking Alexandria covers in a band; ‘Rockstar’ continued on as a constant chart-bothering hit for several months, acting as the flagship track leading up to the record’s impending release.
Elsewhere across the album, ‘Spoil My Night’ has a summer feel bounce to it where Malone clearly shows an improved vocal performance, and the guest feature from Swae Lee adds to that. ‘Psycho’ opts for a bit more of a minimalistic approach, and Ty Dollar $ign compliments and bounces off of Malone with its almost dreamy instrumentation. It’s hard to not want to dance along to the crisp beat and hook of ‘Candy Paint’ too.
‘Otherside’ adds a bit more of an emotional turn of direction to it, and that’s something that Malone certainly isn’t a stranger to – just refer to ‘I Fall Apart’ from his aforementioned debut full-length. The track picks up its tempo come the turn of its second verse, and, again, Malone shows a significant improvement in his singing.
It’s not all positive vibes or mellowing in a love lost though. Malone rears his fangs and injects venom directly into the beating heart of the record with highlight ‘Over Now’; the epitome of a middle finger and fuck you to a former lover and heart breaker. There’s an abundance of conviction and resentment in his delivery of the track’s hook “I’mma put that bitch pussy in a motherfuckin’ bodybag, so you know that I’m never ever coming back”, and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe‘s contribution really helps to give the track an extra rock swagger to it.
At over an hour of running time, there are moments where things start to lull and stagnate a little bit. ‘Same Bitches’, ’92 Explorer’, and ‘Zack And Codeine’ in particular could easily have been dropped from the track list entirely to make things more concise and used later as b-sides.
Still, ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ is a definite improvement from former effort ‘Stoney’, and continues to showcase Post Malone‘s undeniable appeal. In this moment, there isn’t another artist that manages to draw in fans from as many different corners of the music world, and evidently he’s not afraid to pepper his influences and tastes across the body of a record to surprisingly stellar results, at least for the most part anyway.