by Carla Bynum
Post Malone considers Texas to be his hometown and has expressed his interest in doing a western inspired song. The start to “Broken Whiskey Glass” sounds like a country song but it blends well with his rap style.
Post calls out people who claim they have certain things but they really don’t on the track “Big Lie.” He doesn’t see a need to fake because he only flaunts things he actually has.
He didn’t want to have to prove his doubters wrong but they left him with “No Option.” Prior to the release of his album, he showed his frustration over it being delayed. This song takes aim at those who counted him out following the delay.
Post realizes that diamonds and fancy things don’t equate to happiness on the track “Cold.” The song is darker than other tracks on the album and shows a more personal side of the Texas rapper. He has a lot on his mind and doesn’t care about the fame or money; he just wants his lady by his side.
Post’s debut single “White Iverson” was released on August 14, 2015 and was an instant hit. This single was his way of saying “this is me” and embracing his individuality. Allen Iverson is his favorite basketball player and was the inspiration behind the song.
“I Fall Apart” is perhaps the most emotional song on the album. Post opens up about his feelings following a past heartbreak. His lady told him that he wasn’t enough for her and she was leaving and it hurt him to his core.
The line “used to be so damn patient, but now it’s ‘fuck you, pay me,’” perfectly sums up the song “Patient.” Now all Post is concerned about is his money. He doesn’t care what the situation may be and refuses to let anyone faze him.
The album’s third single “Go Flex” was released on April 21, 2016. In the song, he admits that with his newfound fame, all he wants to do is show off, or flex.
Singer Kehlani joins Post on the song “Feel,” a mellow track about the ways that Post wants to spoil and make love to his lady. Kehlani complements the song perfectly with her smooth tone as she sings lines such as, “every cold nigga need a bitch that's ten times colder.”
The song “Too Young” was penned following the death of rapper A$AP Yams in January 2015. Although Post didn’t know him personally, he admired him. On the opening lines of the song, he proclaims that he hopes he doesn’t die too young and he can continue to live out his dreams because he’s been grinding too long to not enjoy his success.
On the track “Congratulations,” Post and Quavo realize that patience and dedication have helped them get to where they are now. Both have found success musically and are happy to live out their childhood dreams. Post debuted the song for the first time during a concert in September in Austin, Texas. The song was officially released two months later.
The track “Up There” is produced by Pharrell Williams and has a mellow feel. Post has a lot on his mind and he wants to get high and never come down.
The album ends with the song “Yours Truly, Austin Post.” He just came down from the high of his life and wants to celebrate.
The deluxe version of Stoney includes four additional songs: “Leave,” “Hit this Hard,” “Money Made Me Do It,” and “Feeling Whitney.”
Post Malone is a unique artist with the ability to blend several genres together. While some may classify him as a rapper, he’s much more. His debut album shows his range as he merges hip hop, country, and rock n’ roll together to create the perfect debut. He has an impressive resume so far and it’s sure to get better from here.
Recommended Tracks: “Up There,” “Cold,” “No Option,” “Congratulations”