Post Malone goes big and bold on “Hollywood Bleeding”


Rapper Post Malone is known for having a diverse sound by mixing different genres into his songs and albums. On September 6, Post Malone released a new album with 17 soundtracks, each song with its own unique sound, and featuring many different artists. 

The songs all vary with different meanings throughout the album. They all have a different sound and that is what is so unique about Post Malone – he doesn’t stick to one specific sound. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” has more of a rock sound to it, and “Die For Me” with Future and Halsey has more of a trap beat to it and has a completely different sound to it than “Hollywood’s Bleeding.”  In the song, “Die For Me” the sound of the song has a very catchy Trap beat that does not 100% fall under the genre of Trap music because of how Post, Future, and Halsey all sing in the song. In the verses Post and Future rap, they are both lamenting their past relationships with untrustworthy women most likely looking for some sort of clout. And in the bridge, Halsey sings the girls Point-of-View on the verses.

He also features a long list of people in his songs, from Ozzy Osbourne to Halsey to Lil Baby. He mixes all of these different artists and the songs that come out of this sound really great. For example, the song “Take What You Want” which features Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott blends genres in unexpected ways. The song features Ozzy mainly singing the chorus throughout the song, and Post Malone and Travis singing and rapping the verses. Toward the end of the song, Ozzy has a really cool guitar solo and this song sounds nothing like anything Post has made before. 

Some of the songs on the album were released before the album came out as singles. The song “Sunflower” featuring Swae Lee came out last year when the movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse” came out. Then “Wow” came out in December of 2018. Then in July of 2019, “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug came out. And lastly, “Circles” came out in August a few weeks before the album was released. 

Post writes a lot of the songs off of this album about breakups and heartbreak. Some of the more popular songs like “Circles” “Goodbyes” and “Staring at the Sun.” Post has been through a lot of breakups and different situations. “Circles” is a continuation after the song “Goodbyes” with the theme of heartbreak. The meaning of “Circles” is that the narrator does not want to keep running in circles with this girl he likes. He is struggling to maintain a strong relationship with this girl. And in “Goodbyes” which features rapper Young Thug. In this song, Post Malone and Young Thug rap/sing about the theme of heartbreak too. In Post’s verse, he is singing about his troubles with this girl and is expressing a desire to remove her from his life. And to contrast, Young Thug’s verse is about wanting to reconnect with a girl. And lastly, “Staring at the Sun” is a song that has a beautiful sound to it. This song features SZA, and both artists verses in the song reminisce their past relationship (not in real life). The sound the song has is unique to itself and it gives off the nostalgic vibe. 

Some of the more popular songs on the album are mostly the singles because they came out beforehand. And some of the more popular to songs are “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” “Enemies” and “Take What You Want.” All of these songs are really catchy and some of my personal favorites.

Overall, the album is really good and features a lot of very good songs. The people Post Malone collaborated with are all very talented people who make really good songs as well. When I first listened to the album, I was not disappointed at all. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone to listen to.