The greatest part about music of this era is that you can’t put it in a box and say “this is that and that’s all it can be.” The average artist of today will try to rap, sing, produce, play instruments and write for Kanye West. One of the best examples of at least 4 out of the aforementioned 5 is Post Malone and his official debut album Stoney.
“White Iverson” was quite a while ago, especially the way music moves today, but that definitely wasn’t all this young man had. Depending on what you like, White Iverson may be the best or worst song on this album.
“Deja Vu” feat Justin Bieber for me is the hottest track on the project. On the low, Bieber is top 5 in traditional R&B and a lot of y’all need to step your game up if that statement hurts your soul. Also really like the “Up There” joint.
“Feel” featuring Kehlani is a pretty dope track that one day you are just going to put it on repeat, then either drive or sit with it playing at a moderate level. “Too Young” is a groovy joint with some reckless bars from Post. I’m not mad at it though. “Congratulations” with Quavo is just another reason why I have already reserved my seat on the Quavo Bandwagon. This one could be big if Post and his team put a push on it. Another very nice joint is “Yours Truly, Austin Post”.
Stoney is a little contemporary country and a little bit rock n’ roll. It’s also got a little soul, and of course hip-hop influences. You can ride to it, smoke to it, throw a chill little gathering with turn up spurts, and it’s definitely something that is lady-friendly, especially if they are casual listeners to all genres of music. There are no “bad songs” on this album, but there are a few “it’s just not for me” songs. Listening to this project front to back, Post Malone could be the next Kid Rock without the “Merica-edge” if he wanted to be. I think to maximize his potential, he should definitely stay away from the fickle and forgetful hip-hop audience. Stoney is a good album. If you like music in general you will definitely appreciate it.
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