Post Malone returns to the scene with a powerful collab featuring Young Thug.

Post Malone has had an interesting career. As a teenager, he worked at a fast-food restaurant whilst making some beats on Audacity, sharing them around school and consequently being voted ‘Most Likely to Become Famous.’ Fast forward eight years, and he’s one of the world’s biggest rockstars. His breakneck rise to superstardom is quite inspiring. One year, he released an album, the next, he played Reading & Leeds Festival, the next, his second album hit number one, and the next he returned to headline Reading & Leeds Festival.

The world is watching what Post will do next. His previous album, beerbongs & bentleys broke streaming records on Spotify, beating out a 34-year reign by Michael Jackson. Enter, the age of Posty’s singles. Kicking off with Sunflower which was written for the Oscar-winning Spider-man: Enter the Spider-verse which hit number one in over five countries. After that, he released Wow. in tandem with the Game of Thrones finale. Now, he’s dropped his long-awaited collaboration with Young Thug, Goodbyes.

Post Malone generally creates two types of songs: self-fulfilling fantasies that encourage individuality (such as Rockstar, Congratulations, plus the song that started it all, White Iverson) and power-ballads that show his more intimate side which we can all easily relate to, such as Stay, I Fall Apart, and now, Goodbyes.

This is evident within the first line – “Me and Kurt feel the same, too much pleasure is pain” – a nod to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain who Post stated as one of his major influences; he even has a portrait tattooed on his finger. The song appears to allude to a breakup between Post and former-girlfriend Ashlen Diaz. It’s a breakup song that manages to achieve everything it requires; a cathartic outlet for new dumpees and dumpers. And it’s good.

With Post Malone headlining Reading & Leeds Festival next month, as well as a handful of other European and American festivals, not to mention a monumental American tour from September to November, we’ve got a hell of a year ahead of us. A year that, hopefully, culminates in another studio album.

 

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Will Wilkins

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