Music Review – Post Malone – “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Posty’s third studio album is another huge success.



Posty’s “Hollywood Bleeding” album cover.

After Post Malone’s first album, Stoney, many saw him as a game-changer for the rap genre. His next album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, saw a change in style from his first album, opting for a more upbeat sound throughout the album, with small doses of his roots thrown in. Now, Malone, also known by fans as “Posty,” has released his long awaited third album, Hollywood’s Bleeding.


Malone stepped onto the scene in 2016, with his breakout single, “White Iverson.” It was an instant hit, and helped push his first album, Stoney, which would become a success as well. After some features here and there in 2017, Malone would release his first single from his next album. The song was titled “Rockstar,” and featured Atlanta rapper, 21 Savage, which would help push the song to fame. After the release of his second album in 2018, fans were craving more. In December of that year, he released the upbeat single, “Wow.” That was the first single off of his third album.


Hollywood’s Bleeding, Malone’s third studio album, can be described as a combination of different styles. One may hear the carryover of Malone’s style from Beerbongs and Bentleys, with a bit of his Stoney side showing. The album has some great features, as well as many surprises. The features include veteran rappers Swae Lee, Young Thug, Travis Scott and Future, along with new wave rapper DaBaby, R&B star SZA, and huge surprise appearances from Halsey and Ozzy Osbourne. With an all star lineup and a large fan base behind him, Malone released his third album on September 6, 2019.


The album starts off by setting the mood, with a song that has that combination of Malone’s styles. As the album progresses, listeners can hear how this album took its shape, mixing beautiful synths with an aggressive bassline. Songs that really stand out are “Enemies”

(with DaBaby), the title track “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” the very different “Allergic,”

the iconic “Take What You Want” (with Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott), as well as many more.

It would be easier for a person to list the downsides of this album because there are so many highlights. The only songs that are not great are “Goodbyes” (with Young Thug), “Myself,” and “I Know.” These songs are not bad, but they just feel plain compared to Post Malone’s music style, and they don’t seem to fit in the album. It could be because they are so far down in the album that they are just easily forgettable, and they sound somewhat like Posty overstayed his welcome in a way.

Overall, Hollywood’s Bleeding is an album that will be remembered as one of the best albums of the year. There were so many highlights on this album that makes it stick out above the rest of the albums in 2019. Is it Malone’s best album? No, Beerbongs and Bentleys still takes the title of best album, but Hollywood’s Bleeding still has that “look at me” attitude about it. This album receives an easy 9 out of 10. It’s going to be on repeat for many different people for a long time.

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