Post Malone

Post Malone released his new album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” this month. 

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” is the third studio album released by American rapper, Post Malone. The album was released Sept. 6 by Republic Records and includes an array of featured artists, from names such as Ozzy Osbourne, Future and Halsey. 

Other appearances include DaBaby, Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, SZA, Swae Lee and Young Thug. 

The album contains 17 songs, with lengths ranging from two and a half minutes to right over four minutes. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” was dropped only a year after Post Malone’s last album, “Beerbongs and Bentleys,” which was sitting at No. 14 on Billboard 200 as of Sept. 15. 

Post Malone released some of the songs from the album before the entire album was released. “Sunflower,” “Circles,” “Goodbyes” and “Wow” were all released before the album dropped this past week. 

As of Sept. 15, all of these songs made it on the Billboard Hot 100, and the album itself was named No. 1 for Billboard 200.

The album has been designated as hip-hop or rap. By examining Post Malone’s past work, it is safe to say the style is consistent.

According to Forbes, Post Malone is so popular that he has no problem sending a new album straight to number one. 

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” is the first song on the record and begins the album with the acoustic guitar. The song continues with a bass drop, solid lyrical flow and his voice is smooth as he sings out. As the song progresses, the beat begins to hit harder, which was a nice touch. The song is about the state of Hollywood and how it is corrupt. He also sings about an unnamed person, most likely a woman, who will not come and meet with him even though she expresses interest in doing so. 

“Enemies” has a fun beat, and the lyrics bounce with it. The song features guest star DaBaby, and he continues with the style Post Malone brings into the song. Post Malone and DaBaby sing about how fame changes things and how his friends changed to enemies, proclaiming it is too late to change things. 

“Die for Me” has a steady beat, along with a nice use of lyricism and rhythm. Post Malone sings about a love interest who wronged him, but it was someone who said they would die for him. The song guest stars Future and Halsey,  who add to the overall vibe Post Malone brought. The song tells the story of a couple who split due to cheating and other untrusting behavior. The harmony close to the end is a nice touch. 

“Take What You Want” features a nice instrumental section at the beginning, with vocals that give off dark vibes. Guest star Ozzy Osbourne comes in at the beginning and sets a the tone for the song. Once the beat drops, Post Malone sings about someone who came into his life and then took advantage of him. Malone asks them to leave, and he describes wanting to take what they want. Guest star Travis Scott smooths the track out. The tracks ends with electric guitar solo.

“Internet” has a smooth intro and vocals, along with neat lyricism. Further in, the song has a big, airy sound, that is almost orchestral. The track ends with touches of piano and strings. 

Themes of this album include the breaking and repairing of things such as relationships and environments. One that really stuck out to me was the toxic relationships, including the mistreatment seen in the referenced relationships.

If I had to describe “Hollywood’s Bleeding” in a single statement, it would be this: Things are hard, and all we can do is try our best and continue on with our lives. 

My overall impression of “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is a positive one. I always enjoy listening to new content from Post Malone just because I trust it will be something that I can jam to no matter my mood or the time of day.

Post Malone continues to branch out and learn more about the genres he produces in, along with learning about himself as well.

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