Published Apr 27, 2018Post Malone starts off strong on his sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, with "Paranoid." Explaining his situation as a famous artist, Post Malone shows us different aspects of the fame and success and what comes with it when you live a rock star life. We all may wish to be more prosperous, famous and successful, but Post Malone shows some downsides to it all.
From being paranoid and alone, he explains how family and friends "switched" on him, sleeping with a gun beside him at night, and feeling like he can't trust anyone. Living as an insomniac and killing himself to be the artist he is, Post Malone shares his vulnerability and truth on this one.
However, he doesn't stop there. With "Spoil My Night," he shares more life experiences with a banger featuring Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee. Although he speaks of meeting women at parties thinking they might "ride" with him, they always need to record him due to his fame, and end up using him due to the high-status he possesses. "Rich & Sad" is another assurance that being rich doesn't necessarily mean happiness, especially in his case.
At the same time, he is quick to state that he loves his fast lifestyle too. "Zack and Codeine" is a banger where Post assures that his life is sweet while drugged out on codeine syrup. Beerbongs & Bentleys contains banger after banger; it's an incredible drug-induced album. He's already released "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, which led listeners to believe that he would be sharing his fame on a bigger scale while sharing his rock star lifestyle, but you can tell Post Malone put his all into this album.
Post Malone covers the album with trap beats, wavy synths and a touch of guitar for his heartbreak track "Better Now," and the acoustic ballad "Stay," which shows versatility throughout. R&B auto-tuned vocals, poppy choruses, and his "mumble" vocals are also present. Not to mention that his singing vocals are quite impactful; most of the album has a catchiness that can't be ignored production-wise, which helps masks his pain behind the lyrics.
After listening to this album, you might think how contradictive Post Malone might be. However, if you pick apart each track, you'll become aware of the fact that, as humans, we have the right to have different perspectives, feelings and questions about our lives. In this case, this is what this album represents — a focus on a rock-star rapper's lifestyle that's being pushed to the forefront for the public eye to decipher.
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