By Mia Agee
The face-tattooed musical genius, Post Malone, released his third complete album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” on Sept. 6 through Republic Records. For the last three weeks, it has remained at the top of the Billboard 200 charts, gaining more than 758 million streams.
Ever since Sept. 14, the artist has been performing around the world on his Runaway Tour with fellow rappers Swae Lee and Tyla Taweh as opening acts. The tour will conclude Nov. 21 with a grand total of 37 shows.
In the show’s associated album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Malone vocalizes his struggles with trusting so-called friends and moving past old relationships. And of course, he had to write a few songs to flaunt the wealth and success he has accumulated over the past four years.
The rapper’s first album “Stoney” was released in 2016, which featured his one-hit wonder “White Iverson,” or his original “flexing” song. His catchy lyrics “Saucin’, saucin’, I’m saucin’ on you / I’m swaggin’, I’m swaggin’, I’m swaggin’ oh ooh / I’m ballin’, I’m ballin’, Iverson on you” caught the attention of the Internet instantly. Little did Malone know he would go on to become much more than a one-hit wonder.
Speaking of internet recognition, “Internet” is one of the song titles on “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” Malone wastes no time expressing his true feelings on social media within the song: “Well, f*** the internet and you can quote that, whoa.” Wow, tell them how you really feel.
After singing about how everything he does gets posted online, Malone declares that he no longer gets on the Internet.
In the song “On the Road,” Malone declares “I will never, ever sell my soul, nah never.” He then goes on to explain the struggles of being on tour and having people try and become his friend to gain fame. Meek Mill and Lil Baby both spit some bars to further display Malone’s frustration.
Already, you can tell that this album is not going to give off a carefree, party vibe like his previous one, “Beerbongs and Bentleys.” The rapper has gone away from his old “rockstar” and “Candy Paint” days into a skeptical and almost vengeful state of mind in his music.
“Goodbyes” is a perfect example. The song came out before Malone released “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” but was later included on the album. It follows him in his attempt to break things off with his current lover; however, like he says in the song, he is “no good at goodbyes.”
Featured artist Young Thug seems to have the same problem. Thug raps “I want you out of my life / I want you back here tonight,” therefore creating a conundrum for him and Malone. The question is, are they supposed to make up or say “goodbye?”
In “Die For Me,” featuring Future and Halsey, the trio asks people close to them, “Would you die for me?” The first few lyrics of the song expose Malone’s lover as well as the skepticism he had for her deep down: “Said you’d take a bullet told me you would die for me / I had a really bad feeling you been lying to me.” How could you not be willing to take a bullet for Post Malone?
Posty then compares his relationship to a girl to an allergy in “Allergic.” The more time he spends with her, the worse the “reaction” gets: “Instead of holdin’ me down / You’re only holdin’ me up / It shouldn’t be so hard / This is impossible love.” Deep stuff, man.
Apparently the singer-songwriter has been in several toxic relationships since that appears to be the main theme of most songs on the album. “A Thousand Bad Times” is based around the lowest points in Malone’s life and how he has become accustomed to unpleasant romances. He admits, “I had a thousand bad times / so what’s another time to me? / You tried to burn my house down / but what’s another house to me?”
The 24-year-old sure has been through a lot of heartache and misfortune in his short lifetime. Thankfully, he ends the song by saying, “It’s gonna take a lot more to kill me.” Sure hope so, Posty.
“Saint-Tropez” is a nice break from the album’s gloom. It is not, however, a break from Malone’s well-known “flexing” act. He brand drops Versace, compares himself to multimillionaire “Bradley Pitt” and professes “I’ll take ‘em all / don’t matter what the price is.”
Okay, so the artist has plenty of money. He also has plenty of enemies, according to the song “Enemies,” featuring DaBaby. The sad truth for Malone is that once he became rich and famous, his “friends” came flocking. He sings, “Used to have friends, now I got enemies” and “Money tend to show all their tendencies.” Why so sad, Posty?
“Circles” was an individual song released on Aug. 30 followed by a music video on Sept. 6. It gave fans a perfect teaser of what the future album would be like. Within the song, Malone describes an on-and-off again relationship that had him “running in circles.”
The music video stars Malone as a knight in shining armor who tries to save a Rapunzel-like character. Currently swooning. The film does not exactly correspond with the song, but hey, nobody is complaining.
“Wow.” and “Sunflower” are the two other singles that came out prior to the release of “Hollywood’s Bleeding” and were still included on the album. “Sunflower” was featured in the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and crazily enough, a 43-year-old man named Mike Alancourt became Internet famous after posting a video of him dancing to “Wow.” Posty saw the video and loved his moves so much that he featured him in the song’s music video.
“Take What You Want,” featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott, and “Staring at the Sun,” featuring SZA, are two other noteworthy songs on the album. Though the song with Osbourne and Scott follows pretty closely with the album’s theme, “Staring at the Sun” brings something quite different to the table. For one, the instrumental and musical feel of it is soft and nostalgic, unlike almost every other song Malone has made.
The intensity and rock-feel of “Take What You Want” comes straight from Ozzy himself, the former lead singer of metal band “Black Sabbath,” also explaining the song’s wicked electric guitar solo. Malone was taken by surprise when the 70-year-old musical legend agreed to collab with him. Fans sure are glad he agreed.
Last but certainly not least is the song the album was written after, “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” You will definitely get chills the first time you listen to it. Heck, you will still get chills when you listen to it for the seven millionth time!
The lyrics are actually quite dark: “She gotta check her pulse to tell herself that she okay / It seem like dying young is an honor / But who’d be at my funeral? I wonder.” Man, what a way to make everyone rethink their existence.
Throughout the entire album, but especially in “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Malone emphasizes the self destructive atmosphere the entertainment business has put him in. Even if he wanted to leave, he feels like he is unable to. The artist sings, “We’re runnin’ out of reasons, but we can’t let go / Yeah Hollywood is bleeding, but we call it home.”
One thing is for sure: Posty might run out of “reasons,” but he will never run out of fans.