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"Hollywood's Bleeding" Post Malone

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 11:00 pm

Since the release of his breakout single “White Iverson” in 2015, Post Malone has had quite the career. Platinum plaques, number one records and tough critics have been highlights for the young star from Dallas.

After being quoted saying “hip-hop doesn’t make you feel anything,” Malone has taken heat from all angles. Being labeled a culture vulture and accused of using hip-hop to jump start his career, Malone has quieted his naysayers through his superstar success. He returns for his third studio album titled “Hollywood’s Bleeding” to prove why he is one of the most talked about artists in modern day music.

Heading into my first listen, I was not excited but curious of what Malone has been up to. After the dip in music quality between his debut “Stoney” and sophomore project “Beerbongs & Bentleys” I was not completely sold on Post Malone. “Stoney” was full of emotion and versatility, “Beerbongs & Bentleys” felt repetitive and lazy.

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” brings back the artist we all grew to love at the beginning stages of his career. The album is dark and full of emotion and raw content. He stretches his boundaries, implementing more rock than ever before. The star-studded album features artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, DaBaby, Lil Baby and more.

It kicks off with the title track “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” Three beat changes underlined by an electric guitar make for a trap rock vibe, setting the tone for the album. It was almost like Malone knew where he left off after “Stoney,” bringing back those flavors with a new modern twist.

The fifth track, “A Thousand Bad Times,” stood out to me due to the catchy hook and the sway of the beat. It is a really good song to play at full volume in the car with the windows down on a nice sunny day.

“On the Road” featuring Meek Mill and Lil Baby, and “Take What You Want” featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott added more of that trap rock sound to the project. These tracks stand out as favorites to me because of the strong delivery from Malone and company.

Track 13, “Internet,” is an interlude style track with a triumphant instrumental and strong vocals. Malone describes his dislike for the internet singing “f**k the internet and you can quote that.” It is a sound I have never really heard from Malone but he pulled it off.

Overall, this album is one of the strongest of 2019, which is not saying much due to how underwhelming the year has been for hip-hop. Malone knew exactly what he had to do in order to earn back some fans he lost along the way, like myself. With a strong voice and a distinct sound, Malone has a lot of opportunity ahead of him. It is going to be interesting to see what direction he heads in next.

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