Over the past year, Post Malone has established himself as a hit-maker, with tracks like “Too Young” and “Go Flex” causing a huge stir among hip hop fans. He was recently featured on 50 Cent’s “Tryna Fuck Me Over.” However, his biggest feature yet was on Kanye West’s latest project, The Life of Pablo, on the album’s final track “Fade.” His feature is my favorite on TLOP, a hit album that also included Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Young Thug, and Ty Dolla $ign. Malone’s new friendship with Justin Bieber has earned him the opening slot on Bieber’s “Purpose World Tour.” At this point in his career, with an already large and still-growing fan base, Post Malone was ready to deliver his debut mixtape August 26.
August 26 proves that Post Malone is here to stay. The EP’s title references the date he signed with Republic Records in August 2015. Throughout the mixtape, Post never strays from the style that fans love him for, generating instant hits in the mixtape’s first two tracks, “Never Understand” and “Money Made Me Do It” featuring 2 Chainz. The mixtape benefits from its mostly-simple production (FKi, ILoveMakonnen, and Louis Bell), guided by Malone’s soothing vocal hooks. “Monte” picks up where Post left off with “White Iverson.” The song, about former Dallas Mavericks and current Indiana Pacers Swing guard Monta Ellis, features Lil Yachty at his best. The mixtape’s features also include Jaden Smith on “Lonely” and Jeremih in a duet with Post on the track “Fuck.”
Post is at his best when he demonstrates his multi-genre influence in covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” which transitions into the chilling, bass-heavy track “Come Down.” He shows off his guitar skills on the final track “Oh God,” a song that would fit in just as easily in a country bar as it would in a hip hop club. Post’s success is not in his obvious ability to make hits within the limits of the rap genre, but rather in branching out and blending other influences into his style.
Post Malone is approaching just his 21st birthday on the 4th of July. His career has only just begun and it will be exciting to see the innovations he’ll bring to the table in years to come.