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"Psycho"

by Nathan Barker - Copy Editor
Tue, Mar 6th 2018 08:00 pm

In anticipation of his new album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which has no set release date, Post Malone dropped a single from the collection, giving fans something to listen to while they wait. The single, titled “Psycho,” uses harpsichord plunks and trap percussion to create a smooth and mellow instrumental sound. This song also features rapper Ty Dolla $ign, who contributes a verse focused primarily on all the materialistic luxuries that come with being a star.

Lyrically, this song isn’t very innovative. The vocals, however, make you cherish every word. Malone sings “Damn, my AP goin’ psycho, lil’ mama bad like Michael. Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you. My roof look like a no-show, got diamonds by the boatload. Come with the Tony Romo for clowns and all the bozos.” 

I will, however, give credit to Malone for the first line, which successfully makes a videogame reference sound serious. AP stands for Action Points in the videogame “Fallout;” and “psycho” is an injection that boosts the players AP, allowing them to take more damage while also causing extreme anger and recklessness. When you’re living like Post Malone, it’s easy to see why he thinks his AP is going psycho.

Ty Dolla $ign’s verse isn’t very influential to the song overall, but it is fun to rap along with once you memorize the simple lyrics. He raps “The AP goin’ psycho, my Rollie goin’ brazy … Sippy on the Panky, chain so stanky … Dolla ridin’ in an old school Chevy, it’s a drop top. Boolin’ with a thot-thot, she gon’ give me top-top.” 

Note how he replaces the letter “C” with a “B”, turning “crazy” into “brazy” and “coolin’” into “boolin’.” This is common in members of the Blood gang because it demonstrates their feud with the Crips. This habit is actually becoming common slang language, proving the influence the hip-hop genre has on its consumers.

While creating this song, Malone stuck very close to the blueprint of his first hit single “White Inversion.” They have very similar moods; both songs are mellow and rely on Malone’s vocals as the highlight. Overall, this song is easy to listen to.

It’s great for playlists, and you really can’t go wrong with it. Looking forward to “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” I want to see Malone expand his horizons and try something risky instead of relying on proven methods. I have faith in his capacity as an artist to produce something special, I just want to see something unique that strays from the beaten path Malone has already established.

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