Published May 13, 2016Post Malone could have been regarded as a fluke in the rap industry, a one hit wonder doomed to destruction. Malone stayed quiet since the release of his first hit single, "White Iverson," then arrived again with a huge tour spot with Justin Bieber, and a giant hit in the form of "Go Flex." Hot on the heels of this one-two punch, Malone has strategically dropped August 26.
To say that this short but sweet tape is anything less than fire would be to downplay its consistency — Posty has hit his stride all over this thing. With the iLoveMakonnen-produced "40 Funk" and the absolute banger "Monte" featuring Lil Yachty as catchy standouts, August 26 plays back to front without skipping a beat. Malone impresses with Jeremih on "Fuck" and crafts a great collaborative effort with Jaden Smith on "Lonely," then demonstrates experimental depth with both the striking extrapolation of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" on "Hollywood Dreams / Comedown" and the project's last track, "Oh God." Both tracks play with the guitar-heavy, Americana sound that Post Malone has made his own.
Confidently carving out his niche by adding accents to his sound and treading unfamiliar, experimental waters with confidence, August 26 suggests Post Malone has what it takes to make a lasting name for himself in the industry. (Independent)