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After two years of waiting, Post Malone has finally returned with the new album Beerbongs & Bentleys. The album follows 2016’s Stoney, which topped music charts and included major hits like “Congratulations” and “White Iverson.” As if making sure his follow up would be just as successful, Beerbongs & Bentleys broke Spotify’s first-day streaming record both in the U.S. and internationally.
Post Malone—born Austin Richard Post—seems to have switched gears musically with the contradictive Beerbongs & Bentleys. The sophomore LP meshes music genres with an undercurrent of heartbreak, but Posty still finds the time to rap about his wild party antics, showing us the different sides to fame and success and what comes with it when you live a rock star lifestyle.
Here’s everything we learned from Beerbongs & Bentleys.
Beerbongs & Bentleys has been a longtime coming. The album was first teased back in 2016 and was scheduled to drop in late 2017, but the album was pushed back so Malone could perfect the record.
hey guys, i know a lot of you guys were expecting a project today, it won't be dropping for a little while. I'm sorry to let you down, but i need to make sure this album is perfect for you. I'm gonna keep working my ass off and make the best fucking album ever. i love ya. 💕🍻
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) December 2, 2017
But Posty’s delay was entirely worth it. Much of the album carries the pop/rap energy of singles like “Rockstar” and “Candy Paint,” satisfying his fan base, while he also plays up the singer-songwriter quality of his music with much darker, sombre tracks. Featuring 18 unique jams, the album isn’t something hardcore Post Malone fans will complain about.
Stoney made the Texas singer-songwriter rich, and Beerbongs & Bentleys still sees the 22-year-old rapper celebrate his early successes. Indulging in hedonism and excess, the new LP features songs like “Zack and Codeine” and “Takin’ Shots” that exemplify his wild romps and lavish lifestyle. One thing is for sure—Post isn’t one to wag his finger at those for partying too hard—he’ll be right there with you.
The singles for Beerbongs & Bentleys (“Rockstar,” “Candy Paint,” and “Psycho”) were all energetic R&B tracks with wild lyrics to sing along with and undeniably contagious hooks that got stuck in our heads. But what makes Beerbongs & Bentleys different are the darker songs that balance out these high energy tunes. Songs like “Paranoid,” “Rich & Sad,” and “Blame It On Me” are the strong tracks that keep the album from being one-note. Malone’s lyrics normally flex his money and access to women, but he briefly highlights the downsides to success with these songs—before launching right back into stories of his party life. After all, you can’t be all that sad when you’re filthy rich.
After Malone dropped his debut album Stoney in 2016, there was much speculation about what the singer would do as a follow up. Stoney was versatile musically, pairing poppy R&B tracks like “Congratulations” with acoustic raspy ballads such as “I Fall Apart,” and Beerbongs & Bentleys plays close attention to its predecessor stylistically. The new album effortlessly bends music genres which all comes together in the anguish of “Stay.” The heartbreak ballad sees Posty ditch his high energy production and lavish lifestyle lyrics for a raw, acoustic track that honestly outlines his struggles to maintain a relationship. The result is a defining track on his album.
Beerbongs & Bentleys focuses less on rap and more on the singer-songwriter quality of Posty’s artistry. Having frequently referenced his love for Bob Dylan and classic rock music, fans welcomingly expected an array of music genres from Malone with this album.
Say what you will about Post Malone and G-Eazy—but when the duo joined forces with YG on “Same Bitches,” the two a made the perfect collaboration. Their styles work well with one another, complementing their overall chemistry on the track. As two white rappers who have received their fair share of criticism for their music, their huge fan bases allow them to keep dropping radio bangers, thus it only makes sense that the duo should create a project together.
Besides G-eazy, the 18-track album also features Nicki Minaj on a song titled “Ball For Me” and a Swae Lee collaboration called “Spoil My Night,” plus Malone’s previously released singles “Psycho” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, the quintuple-platinum hit “Rockstar” with 21 Savage, and “Candy Paint” from The Fate of The Furious soundtrack.