This article contains opinion.
Rap artist Post Malone released his third album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” Friday.
This album features multiple original songs, as well as collaborations between Post and varying artists including Ozzy Osbourne, DaBaby, Meek Mill and Halsey. It even includes the hit single “Sunflower” from the film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”
What makes this album unique, other than the list of other artists featured in songs, is the combination of rap, soul and pop to bring a different feeling to this album. In layman’s terms, it’s not just one static genre on display with each hit.
Breaking down this album, let’s start with the song which influenced the name of the album: “Hollywood’s Bleeding.”
The song is what sets the tone for what we can expect moving forward on the setlist. It’s both poetic and foreshadows that we, as listeners, will be taken on a musical journey into the darker side of Hollywood; that it’s not as picturesque as we imagine.
What tops it off is Post’s vocal impact on the song. We all know that he has a voice that sounds pained and emotional but can also give insight on any song. This is precisely what he accomplishes in the “Hollywood’s Bleeding” track.
Any third song on an album is a party-starter, and that is what “Enemies (ft. DaBaby)” does.
With a chorus that is easily remembered mixed with an upbeat rhythm, “Enemies” possesses the power to bring people together at a party and really turn things up.
Additionally, DaBaby’s rap interlude isn’t too long and can easily be memorized.
“A Thousand Bad Times” is three minutes of Post Malone’s vocal prowess.
A rhythmic mix, a storyline within the song and occasional spots with Post Malone belting with his pain-ridden voice gives listeners a real-life feel to being heartbroken and being in Post’s life in times of heartbreak.
“Circles” brings in the more alternative vibe to this album, as it contains one main riff throughout the majority of the song and features Post’s ability to explore the studio as well as other genres of music.
Personally, it sounds like something you would hear walking through Aeropostale or American Eagle.
“Die For Me (ft. Future and Halsey)” transitions very well with each artist featured. Post offers the microphone more to the guest artists rather than himself to spread the wealth in the album. Plus, this track features harmonies among the three, something listeners don’t normally get with them.
“Take What You Want (ft. Ozzy Osborne and Travis Scott)” combines two voices that have experienced real emotional trauma throughout their lives in Post and the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy, with a caramel-rich voice in Scott to take the emotional rap section.
One unique aspect of this song is a sense of passing the torch in music as Ozzy and Post each sing the chorus at differing times. Ozzy was the king of the music scene in the early days of metal, while Post is revolutionizing the rap genre into something brand new.
The fact that they alternate singing the chorus offers the suggestion of Ozzy implicitly saying, “Hey kid, I’ve done my job, and I want you to take my place.”
It’s up for speculation, but is a major possibility due to the similar personalities between the two.
One final thought on this song: THIS DID NOT MAKE OZZY FAMOUS. Many young Post fans posted on social media that they hadn’t heard of Ozzy Osborne before the song.
A few of the final tracks feature three collaborations between Post and Young Thug in “Goodbyes,” SZA in “Staring at the Sun” and Swae Lee in “Sunflower,” all of which offer emotional journeys, which is an unusual take when finishing out an album. Normally, upbeat pieces are toward the end to leave listeners on a good note, but “Hollywood’s Bleeding” isn’t your normal album.