As all hip-hop fans know, May 13th was a big day. Chance The Rapper finally dropped his third mixtape, Coloring Book. While most people were caught up in the gospel fever, they may have missed out on the debut from Post Malone. The ten-track tape titled August 26th dropped quietly, but not for a lack of its quality. This tape held a lot of weight for the recently viral rapper. While “White Iverson” was a huge internet hit and blew Post into the mainstream, many people questioned his ability for longevity (guilty). August 26th puts the talents of the young musician on full display, giving him the leverage to snag his footing in the game.
Right now Post is carrying the same type of fever Fetty Wap had last year by making jam after jam. While his singles “White Iverson,” “Too Young,” and “Go Flex” all stood on their own, the tape is his best work to date. Featuring Jaden Smith, Jeremih, 2 Chainz, and Lil Yachty to name only a few, this is an impressive list to have on your debut. Other artists are seeing the talents Post has to offer and want to work with him, which is a good sign for his future.
They thought that I was fuckin done with Iverson / But I’m still ballin’ on these bitches / Let ’em know
Post has been open about his versatile music tastes and inspirations in his interviews, and August 26th rings true to that. On “Hollywood Dreams Come Down,” Post puts a spin on Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and at first, you’re hit with the “is he really doing this right now?” like when Biggie sampled Diana Ross on “Mo Money Mo Problems.” As it continues towards the hook you are amazed at just how wonderful it actually is. This shows Post’s full range as an artist, as he closes up the tape with “Oh God,” a track that can have you believing he might try and become the Johnny Cash of rap. No one in hip-hop appears to love having their guitar with them as much as Post.
While none of the tracks require a lot of deep thinking or touch on larger ideas, emotion still pours into the tracks with Post doubting his new life of fame. On “Never Understand,” Post addresses those who question his ability and think he’s changed. Post keeps it coming with the basketball references even on this tape, mentioning MJ, Kyrie, Rondo and others, while even having a track named “Monte” after Monta Ellis. These references might seem like a broken record, but you can’t help but enjoy his “ball is life” attitude. We even get to see Post flex his production chops on “Money Made Me Do It,” with the steel drums banging in the back, demonstrating the ear he has as a musician.
With his unique blend of rap/pop/country/rock, Post Malone fills August 26th with a tape full of singles that work together in harmony. While his time in the limelight hasn’t always been the easiest, Post has stayed true to himself and remained calm. Putting out this tape was a big step and could have either hurt Post’s stance in the game, or elevated him to a legitimate artist. In this case, Post got the W.
August 26th solidifies Post’s spot in the game for the time being and gives hope to his debut album coming later this year. It will be nice to see how much growth he makes in that time span and how he upgrades his sound and material. Post needs to add a little more substance to his tracks to push himself to elite status. He can’t always make turn up-feel good songs, and needs to dive deeper than he ever has for material. One thing for sure that can’t be denied right now is that Post is here, and he’s here to stay.