Review: Post Malone’s new album lacks depth, but we still love it

“Beerbongs and Bentleys” has already gone platinum with over 1 million copies sold.

by Maraya King

Released Friday, Post Malone’s much anticipated album “Beerbongs and Bentleys” meets expectations, but nothing more.

The album does not take a profound stance on societal issues, incite a call to action or provide much insight into Malone himself — but none of that matters once his trademark sound hits the tracks.  

In less than a day, this album has reached platinum status — greatly due to the success of his singles, “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage and “Psycho,” with Ty Dolla $ign. 

“Beerbongs and Bentleys” continues Malone’s widely loved contemporary-trap style, but offers little variation beyond that. 

If you’re desperately looking for variety in this album, hints of hip-hop can be found in “Otherside” and “92 Explorer.” While R&B-esque tracks include “Blame It On Me” and “Spoil My Night,” featuring Swae Lee.  

“Paranoid,” the first track of the album, has fans immediately satisfied with catchy beats and the long-awaited smoothness of Malone’s vocals. 

And then there’s “Zack and Codeine.” Yes, it truly is alluding to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. 

“We turned the hotel lobby to a party,” he raps, comparing himself to millennials’ favorite pair of twins with his incessant partying in luxurious settings — and don’t forget the opioids. 

A few featured artists include G-Eazy, YG and one female artist, Nicki Minaj. 

“Ball For Me,” is the first ever collaboration between Malone and Minaj, in which the two describe their lavish lifestyles through … basketball metaphors? 

“Got ‘em lookin’ like James Harden at the awards,” Minaj raps. 

Theatrics aside, the undeniable standout of the album is “Stay.” 

In this track, Malone is able to slow down and sing about a relatable topic — love. 

“Don’t break your back for me / I’ll put you out of your misery,” he sings. 

“Stay,” which has been described as indie, country, acoustic and more, has fans bewildered at the fact that not only can he sing, but he too, has experienced heartbreak.

For others, “Stay” was sweetly reminiscent of “Feeling Whitney” from his first album, “Stoney.” 

While the song’s genre is up for debate, one thing isn’t: it’s hauntingly beautiful. Unlike the rest of the album, this song has substance and raw emotion. 

As with any album, this one has its naysayers. The main source of contempt for unsatisfied fans is the lack of diversity and overall substance. 

After “Stoney,” music-listeners were expecting a new age of hyped rap to shotgun their beers to.

But alas, “Beerbongs and Bentleys” is just more of what we fell in love with in the beginning. 

While his lyrics primarily revolve around his unending wealth, love of alcohol or lack of direction — they are surprisingly relatable. 

What this set lacks in depth, or overall meaning, it nearly makes up for with easy-to-learn lyrics and enough bass to measure at least a two on the Richter scale. 

“Beerbongs and Bentleys” will be the go-to album of the summer. 

Grade: B-