by Catherine Goldberg ’20
Over the weekend, Post Malone released his latest album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Austin Richard Post (Post Malone), first gained major recognition in August 2015 with the release of his debut single, “White Iverson.” Immediately following, he landed a record deal with Republic Records. Ever since, he has been on the rise as one of America’s most popular rappers and singer-songwriters.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Post Malone stated that he is not into labels. He told the interviewer, “I don’t want to be a rapper… I just want to be a person that makes music.”
In February of last year, Post’s album, Stoney, peaked at number one for six weeks. The album remained on the Billboard charts for 72 weeks. It is no shock that Billboard music predicts Beerbongs & Bentleys to be a number one debut album on the Top 200 Chart very soon. Billboard says, the album is “on course to break the record for the biggest streaming week ever for an album and score the biggest week of the year for an album overall equivalent to album units.”
Post is trying to push the genre of hip-hop with the new record. He claims that he is working within a field he actively disdains, and wants to make a change. “Rockstar,” originally released last year, is featured in the album as a hit single. Many of the other songs on the album, such as “Rich & Sad,” expose the struggles Post has had with new-money narcissism. “Stay” is a ballad Post sings to one of his love interests with whom he has obviously had problems: “Every time we make up the truth is faded / Everybody’s blind when the view’s amazing.” Some other popular songs on his album include, “Psycho,” “Paranoid,” and “Better Now.” The album is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and in stores.