‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ never fails to entertain

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Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, released his new album “Hollywood’s Bleeding” on Sept. 6, and, ever since, it has remained in the top 10 albums on the Billboard top 100 Hot Song chart. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” features numerous artists: DaBaby, Lil Baby, SZA, Young Thug, Future and Halsey, Meek Mill, Swae Lee and Ozzy Osbourne. This is Malone’s third studio album and is stacked full of the bravado and confidence he is known for. This album, compared to his past “Stoney” and “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” is more pop-focused than hip-hop and could even be referred to as sentimental. Malone’s album delivers a meaningful message to fans and listeners alike.

Two songs on Malone’s album, “Circles” and “Goodbye,” both feature Young Thug and have landed on the Billboard Top 10, slotting in at top song No. 7 and 10. However, it is “Take What You Want” that I believe has become the most popular song on this album — due, in part, to it’s featuring of Osbourne. This song combines two titans of music and genre that come together in a cross-era collaboration that makes for a listening experience that is currently unparalleled by any other song on this album. Osbourne’s unique voice paired with a modern electronic beat is something most people would have least expected to hear on a modern hip-hop album, but that’s just part of what makes this album special. The unique sound and listening experience of “Hollywood’s Bleeding” makes it an album that will eventually become timeless in itself and is worth the time for anyone to listen.

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” contains 17 songs and a runtime of 51 minutes, making it shorter than both of Malone’s previous two albums by one song. However, quality over quantity —  with all of the features and adventurous new beats he delivers, this album could be his best one yet. Malone even collaborated with Kanye West on the song “Internet.” Although he is not featured on the album, West helped Malone write the song.

After listening to “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” I realized that he released the album with perfect timing. The first song the album features is “Hollywood’s Bleeding” and Malone’s opening lyric is, “Hollywood’s bleeding, vampires feeding, darkness turns to dust.” It has a very ominous feel, especially since we are currently in between the transition from the summer to the fall season. With October and Halloween right around the corner, the time of the release, as well as the skeletons on the album cover, seem to be perfectly planned. Malone’s album cover also eerily reminds me of a Michael Jackson “Thriller” moment. An individual is on the front facing what seems to be a dark archway while wearing a black leather jacket, and around the archway is nothing but darkness and skeletons. This album cover is very different from his bright-yellow record player and snake featured on “Beerbongs & Bentleys.”

So how did Malone decide on the name “Hollywood’s Bleeding” for his recently released album? Although Malone’s previous album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” became an instant hit, it didn’t have the same subtle symbolism that is constantly present in Malone’s songs.

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” represents Malone’s feeling toward the epicenter of the entertainment industry — Hollywood. He compared those who want to leech off of entertainers and musicians as vampires who want nothing more than to suck the blood, or the money, from entertainers and musicians. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” compares the two to show just how bad it actually is in Hollywood for those seeking to be entertainers and musicians.

I think it’s important for artists to showcase and give their music meaning for their audience. Malone never fails to do so and continues to satisfy his fans.

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” seemed to get better every time I listened to it, making me sing along and rap to its songs. Malone once again follows up a great album with another, and somehow manages to create a unique listening experience for fans. His distinctive voice, style and choice of instruments makes Malone one of the most diverse artists in the world at the moment. He continuously strives to give a funky and new outlook to the hip-hop genre, and delivers new sounds and top-level lyrics. I’d encourage anyone to give a listen to this album, or at least a song because it’s diverse and offers something for everybody.

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