Post Malone‘s third LP is a collaborative party of reputable rappers, such as Future, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, and Swae Lee, all of whom make cameos on Hollywood’s Bleeding. Hip-hop outliers include Halsey, SZA, and Ozzy Osbourne, who assist on “Die For Me,” “Staring At The Sun,” and “Take What You Want,” respectively. As on past Malone productions like 2018’s Grammy-nominated beerbongs & bentleys, Malone intersperses collaborations with high-profile fellow artists with his own solo songs.
Of the 17 new cuts that come courtesy of Hollywood’s Bleeding, 10 feature solely the verbal talents of Malone himself, accounting for the majority of the track list. Previously released singles like “Wow” and “Sunflower” resurface on the album. When streamed as a cohesive whole, Hollywood’s Bleeding shows Malone’s style to be consistent with that of his past LPs: a mix of cool self possession that contrasts with vulnerability and ponderous romantic reflection, all lyrically expressed as the instrumentation rolls in the background. Hollywood’s Bleeding has both the heart and radio appeal that will presumably cement Malone’s latest extended effort in the cultural mainstream following its release.
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