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Post Malone: Rappin’ Rockstar

You can leave 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' playing in the background and the songs will seem to bleed unto one another at first. But then a song or two will pop up that will catch your ear. You’re hooked.

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AUDIO JUNKIE:

American rapper Post Malone is bonafide rockstar in the world of rap and hiphop.

Post Malone (mb.com.ph)

Post Malone

This was made legit when his latest and second album, “Beerbongs And Bentleys” topped the Billboard single and album charts upon its release and broke a streaming record (78 million streams worldwide) along the way.

He didn’t make it overnight though. Born Austin Richard Post, the 22-year old rap artist wrote and produced his own songs. His first brush with success came when he released his first single “White Iverson” back in 2010. The single charted but did not reach the peak. Nonetheless, it went platinum.

His 2016 debut album “Stoney” did considerably better when it broke into the top ten of the album charts and afforded the single “Congratulations” a double platinum rating.

Fast forward to 2018, conditions were just right and his second full-length record generated all the right buzz. The single “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage, shot up straight to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. “Rockstar” is a downtempo tale of excess and debauchery. Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll–except that it’s rap. Try to keep up.

And this pretty much sums up the themes on “Beerbongs And Bentleys” (the title alone is a giveaway). Post Malone has a taste for it, that’s for sure. Because the party is in full swing with tracks like the rap-R&B amalgam “Zack And Codeine” and “Takin’ Shots,” (with that Led Zep-esque synth intro) suggesting that it’s been one long indulgent weekend for the rapper.

But upon closer inspection we hear all kinds of tension underneath. The wheezing synth-decked “Rich & Sad” is self-explanatory. On one line he goes “I keep on wishing that the money made you stay /you ain’t never cared for that bullshit anyway.” At least Post Malone is sober enough to realize that money can indeed get a lot of things but not all. Love and happiness in particular. And this theme keeps cropping up throughout.

'Beerbongs And Bentleys' album art (mb.com.ph)

‘Beerbongs And Bentleys’ album art

One thing good at least about Post Malone’s success is that getting those big collaborations was never a problem. Big acts like working with the hot streaking rapper, songwriter-producer. This includes Nicki Minaj on “Ball For Me.” Ty Dolla $ign on the melodic, rap/R&B tinged “Psycho.” Swae Lee on the relaxed and grooving “Spoil My Night.” And G-Eazy and YG on “Same Bitches.”

But other than living the life and the perks of being a star, an important constant here is Post Malone’s knack for catchy songs. In that laconic, half-sung/half-rap singing style of his, he displays his penchant for melody. A quick favorite is upbeat ear candy “Better Now” and it’s catchy choruses. There’s alt-rock sounding motifs that open “Over Now.” And even throws a curve ball with the folky, acoustic styled “Stay.”

You can leave “Beerbongs & Bentleys” playing in the background and the songs will seem to bleed unto one another at first. But then a song or two will pop up that will catch your ear. You’re hooked.

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