Post Malone finally dropped his long-awaited third studio album which was announced last month with the release of the single Circles. “Hollywood’s bleeding” comes after the rapper’s Grammy-nominated “Beerbongs and Bentleys” which was released in 2018.
We all know Post Malone adds a little spice and sauce to his projects by featuring artists. That’s why he’s always on the charts; because even if you don’t like him, your favorite artist probably has a collab with him. The 17 song record features Future, Halsey, SZA, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Ozzy Osbourne, Swae Lee, Da Baby, Meek Mill, and Lil Baby. Pretty inclusive if you ask me.
Prior to the release of “Hollywood Bleeding“, 4 songs were already out and you probably know them; Wow, Sunflower featuring Swae Lee, Circles and Goodbyes featuring Young Thug.
I love this album; it is a feel-good album, the type of shit you play in the background when cleaning your room. Not the type of album I would play in the car on a long road trip and pretend to be shooting a sad music video while looking out the window. “Stoney” remains to be that album for me for the record. However, there are some things I have to say. The only thing that drew me to Post Malone that one time in 2016 was the fact that he knew how to bring out emotion in any song he made. “Stoney” remains to be my favorite album. It was not just pointless trap you know? “Beerbongs and Bentleys” came and while it was a banger, I could feel the change and growth in Post Malone’s style of music.
Your Listening Experience May Vary
Fast forward to this and I feel like I could pick the number of songs I love in “Hollywood’s Bleeding”. I sure did enjoy the album but there were some songs I had to skip. It’s a blend of great songs and not so great songs; we stan a king who can balance things out lol. Before you attack my fav, it’s been 3 years since “Stoney”. I don’t expect Post to make the same music he was making then. I’m not even the person I was 10 minutes ago so I can’t blame artists when their style changes. Whether slightly or completely, Post Malone has evolved. It’s up to his fans to either adapt or find new favs.
I’m going to let you be the judge though. So, listen to the album. What is there to look forward to? The album starts with the titular track Hollywood’s bleeding where Post Malone talks about how toxic life in Hollywood can get. “It seems like dying young is an honor/ But who’d be at my funeral? I wonder” made me reflect on how pop artists have been dying young, a sad reality and definitely something Post wants us to think about.
On The Road which features Meek Mill and Lil Baby is a weird but subtle flex of Malone’s work ethic – “Cause they ain’t ever seein’ me fold under pressure/ They ain’t never, ever seen me fold, Nah, never”. Meek talks about fake friends in his verse, so original, I know. Lil Baby goes off about relationships that didn’t work out, he doesn’t need extra baggage, he goes on to say in his verse.
Die For Me which is one of my best songs off this album if not my favorite is a trap-pop banger that features Halsey and Future. The main theme here was betrayal and I could feel it – “Said you’d take a bullet, told me you would die for me/ I had a really bad feeling you’d been lying to me”. It gave me “finding out the person you loved was not it and cannot be trusted” vibes. Most of us have been through a similar situation so it’s a pretty relatable song. Halsey’s verse is savage just like she is. Future’s verse did nothing for the song in my opinion apart from making it longer. We move regardless.
Another notable masterpiece in this album is Take What You Want featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott. In the song, Post and Travis delve deeper into relationships with girls who broke their hearts. “I feel you crumble in my arms down to your heart of stone/You bled me dry just like the tears you never show” makes you wonder who hurt these people. Enemies which features Da Baby is just that, about enemies that rappers talk about all the time. It is one of those not so great songs for me. That and Staring At The Sun featuring SZA. Did we really need these songs? I ask myself every time I play this album.
On A Thousand Bad Times, Post Malone reflects on his one-sided relationships with girls who are just there for his money, fame, and success. He is clearly used to this – “I had a thousand bad times/ So what’s another time to me?”. Must be tough, can’t relate.
Let me not spoil the experience for you so discover the other songs for yourself. I love Post Malone so I obviously enjoyed this record. I would give it a solid 8/10 because it could have been better, or worse, I don’t know lol. My top three favorites from “Hollywood’s Bleeding” have to be Die For Me, On The Road and Goodbyes, in that order. This was definitely a win for Post Malone fans because we now have new songs to play on repeat. Listen to it here.