beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone

Post Malone’s sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys had fans waiting for a long (and I emphasize long) time. Yet, even with that, the oddly named piece quickly soared to the top of the charts. Now with that said, this is no where close to my first listen. However, only my second time going through the whole thing.

He chooses to start off with “Paranoid”, a song about his fear of manipulative friends over a funky electronic beat. While often getting criticized for being a “culture vulture” and hopping on the rap bandwagon, I feel as if Post is more of an artist with a very versatile pallete and it is demonstrated in this first piece. He doesn’t show of much rapping, but instead includes lines where he swings he voice from rap-like bits to belting out notes; an impressive talent.

“Spoil My Night” and “Rich & Sad” both start to prove my idea that Post is scared of relationships. Both are decent songs (Swae Lee’s part is fantastic) however, I start to get this Taylor Swift-esque vibe when he has back to back songs in a row regarding a breakup. It gets to the point where you are thinking half way through, “Come on man. Just move on already.”

Nevertheless, he quickly picks things back up with “Zack and Codeine”. I think the popularity of this song more than anything comes from the reference he is making. A majority of his fans grew up watching The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, so it almost makes it comical to listen too. However, he low key sent shots at mumble rappers and his industry haters with the line:

“All these rappers sound the same now, sayin’ I’m to blame, now y’all see me on the TV.”

While he has some other solid songs off the middle of the album like “Takin’ Shots”, “Psycho”, and “Better Now”, none can truly contest with his biggest single and most successful piece yet.

“Rockstar” is truly a masterpiece from the beat to the lyrics to the feature. It perfectly describes the industry, demonstrating that rap truly is the new rock. This has pretty much been true since Run DMC broke through the wall on Walk This Way by Aerosmith. Tank God killed the production with a beautiful track of a haunting piano layed over perfectly paired hi-hats and snares. Post Malone makes reference after reference to the rock industry, from ACDC to The Doors to even the book I’m With The Band. And then to wrap it all up, 21 Savage goes hard on his verse.

Post continues to the later half of his album with a combination of decent songs like “92 Explorer” and “Blame It On Me” but loses it for me with “Jonestown (Interlude)” and “Otherside”. I always think it’s cheesy when a singer steals another song’s melody (aka Kansas’ “Dust In The Wind”). However, Post’s lyrics and references still get me to chuckle when he uses a complaining tone on the track “Same Bitches” and his reference to Michael Scott of The Office in “Candy Paint”.

But what stunned me the most about this album is his song “Stay”. The young artist out of Texas demonstrates his ability to drastically do things different with this acoustic piece. He was first attracted to the guitar from the video game Guitar Hero and it is a good thing he hasn’t gone back. Post Malone has such a beautiful voice for such an ugly man and every song hits the emotions. The song is almost a part two of acoustic pieces, with “Feeling Whitney” off his rookie album Stoney having a similar vibe, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of these in the future.


I was a huge fan of Stoney and had very high expectations heading into this album. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like they were matched. There were just too many songs off this album that were forgetable and I just truly couldn’t vibe with it. In that case, I decided to give beerbongs and bentleys:


It pains me to do it because I am a huge Post Malone fan, however, it just didn’t meet my expectations. I really hope to see him play in the next Celebrity Basketball All-Star Game after his song “Ball For Me”. I have a feeling White Inverson won’t have much of a game though.





Dopamine – BØRNS

Look, I am aware that this album came out in 2015. I know it’s not even BØRNS’s latest release. However, it is one of my favorite alternative albums of all time and I can do what I want. Dopamine embodies perfect combinations of beautiful vocals and well-produced tracks. BØRNS is an extremely talented singer and demonstrates his ability extremely well here.

BØRNS creates a fantastic set of love songs, starting right away with “10,000 Emerald Pools”. His ability to swing his pitch from low to high and back within a matter of notes is truly impressive. Very few singers in the alternative rock genre use this technique to add depth to their songs. He demonstrates this all the more in “The Emotion”, “Dopamine”, and “Fool”.

One thing that becomes evident the more you listen to this album is the switches between slower and faster tempo songs. You notice this especially with the switch to the second piece “Dug My Heart”. The change to such a heavy bass almost catches you off guard.

But what I take away most about this album is how underrated “American Money” is. Tommy English does a fantastic job creating an instrumental that you could easily listen to stand alone. With BØRNS voice over a beat of washed out 808s, synths, and upbeat guitar piece, the song is just impressive. Plain and simple. The love song concludes with soft, harmonizing set of background vocals as an outro.

BØRNS includes a sort of lullaby in the last few songs of the album with “Past Lives”, “Clouds”, and “Overnight Sensation”. Each has a relaxing vibe that tones it down, especially compared to the bright burst of sounds at the beginning of the album. And yet, he brings the upbeat mood back one last time to finish off with “Fool”. Between its almost swing like sound and fantastic background vocals, BØRNS capstones the album perfectly.


The best way to describe this album is as the perfect backdrop to a cool back-country snowboard video. It has such a flowing vibe with good drops that I think the two would go hand-in-hand. BØRNS fantastic vocals paired with a great team of producers make this album had to beat. The only thing that doesn’t work for me are the slower songs, as they feel a little out of rhythm. With that being said I give Dopamine:


Even three years removed from its release, BØRNS’s album remains up there as one of my favorites in the genre and is truly an incredible love song album.




The album the rap industry has been waiting for. Period. Between Pusha T’s ability to rap on nearly any beat and the genius of a Kanye West production, we get the much anticipated DAYTONA.

Since Pusha T dropped the supposed part one to this album with King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude in 2015, rap fans have been patiently waiting for the conclusion. While three years is frustrating for fans and risky for artists, Pusha T clearly took his time carefully developing his verses and hooks to make sure he would drop an instant classic.

“If You Know You Know”, the first song off the album shows this the most. Talking about his past career path, he peppers his verses with words and phrases about the drug game. He uses a slow buildup in his entrance to drop at the first chorus. From there, he doesn’t look back, using references to Big Meech, Al Roker, Oprah, and the Golden State Warriors to tell a story and creating a song that will definitely be staying high on the charts for a solid period of time. Moving to a piano beat, Pusha T talks heavily of his drug dealing past in “The Games We Play”.

The quality of production for the album is seen primarily in the transitions between tracks, most notably between “Come Back Baby” and “Santeria”. If you weren’t paying attention, the switch is so fluid that it sounds like a change in beat and not in song. Impressively enough, Pusha T beautifully combines his verses with that of the melodic voice of 070 Shake (who was also featured on Kanye’s recent album Ye). Paired with an aggressive hi-hat, “Santeria” is a solid pick for most underrated on the album.

Most importantly, what can’t be missed is Pusha T’s final track on the album, “Infrared”. This was, as many at this point know, the start of the beginning of Drake and Pusha T’s recent beef. Much of the song feels like one giant diss to the everything going on in today’s culture. However, Pusha T’s aims his lyrical gun straight at Drake with the verse:

“How could you ever right these wrongs? When you don’t even write your own songs, but us all play along, we all know what n****s for real been waitin’ on.”


Clearly, this album was an extremely well-produced piece. That is no question. Pusha T took his time and dropped a solid set of tracks. Every verse is solid and every beat plays perfectly. With that said, I give DAYTONA:


This album is fantastic and might even rank up there in my top 20 rap albums, however, 7 songs constitute an EP, not an album. That is the only reason it loses that small little bit. DAYTONA will be a classic and is an early consideration for Best Rap Album of 2018.


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Here is the deal…

So just clean out your ears and just check the word — Phife Dawg

You’ve made it this far. I will take that as a compliment! Music has always been a major part of my life. As a little kid, my dad used to let me enjoy the sweet sounds of jazz or classical on Sunday mornings. On the way to baseball, football, basketball, or soccer games, we would listen to Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, ACDC, or Led Zeppelin to get pumped up. Eventually, he graced me with my first listen of “The Low End Theory” from A Tribe Called Quest and have ever since been hooked on hip hop.

Now look, I am no genius. I don’t have a musical background unless, of course, you count elementary school chorus. In that case, I can’t guarantee that my reviews will be perfect. You might completely disagree! That’s exactly what comments are for. This is a journey and you are all on this ride with me. With that being said…let’s kick it!