After Post Malone dropped Stoney in late 2016, there was much speculation about what the “White Iverson” singer would do for an encore. With his popularity soaring thanks to a heavy social media presence nearly 3.5 million followers on Twitter, the question regarding whether he could outdo his debut album in both the sales and critical review departments would need to be answered with his sophomore effort. So when the 22-year-old revealed in February 2017 that the name his follow up would be beerbongs & bentleys, fans expectedly began to salivate over the possibilities.

It also didn’t hurt that Post Malone dropped the white hot “Rockstar” alongside 21 Savage earlier last year and sat on top the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks. The flames were being fanned and it was pretty obvious that Malone wouldn’t suffer a sophomore slump in the sales department. Unfortunately, fans would be forced to wait another four months to hear what beerbongs & bentleys would sound like after Malone backed f a previously announced release for the end 2017.

Now that it’s here and social media has been overtaken by Post Malone fanatics, it’s time to discuss the five things that we learned upon first listen beerbongs & bentleys.

For Post Malone Fans, This Was Worth The Wait

Stoney made Post Malone rich and this album celebrates the fruits his labor. Much the album carries the energy singles “Rockstar” and “Candy Paint,” which should satisfy his base. It probably won’t win over any detractors as its less versatile musically than Stoney, but that won’t be something that his hardcore fans will complain about.  

This is A Palette Cleanser After J. Cole’s KOD

For those who felt that J. Cole’s KOD album was a little too preachy and heavy handed with the condemnation drug use, beerbongs & bentleys is probably more your speed. Where J. Cole recoiled from the spotlight and became a little more conservative, Post Malone indulges in the hedonism and excess that has come with his success. Songs like “Zack and Codeine” and “Takin’ Shots” exemplify his wild lifestyle and are enjoyable romps that are devoid any finger-wagging for partying extraordinarily hard.

“Drunk when I walked in the door, so fuckin' high like, “Hello”/I told her pour me some more, then she went right for the blow (the blow)/30 more girls wanna roll, let's get this bitch on the road (on the road)/Already losin' control, this is the life that we chose,” he says on “Takin’ Shots” — and the lines pretty much encompass much the album.

We Need A Post Malone & G-Eazy Album

Why didn’t we think this before? Two white artists who have received a fair share criticism for their music but have ridiculous fanbases could do worse than collaborate, right? When the duo light it up alongside YG on “Same Bitches” it become the biggest “duh” moment on the album. It makes so much sense that these two should lock themselves in a studio and give us a project. The chemistry is there and their styles mesh perfectly with one another. Let’s go ahead and make that happen.

Standout “Stay” Showcases Post Malone’s Diversity

If you told somebody who didn’t know Post Malone’s story that he was an artist who effortlessly bends genres, they’d probably say that you’re a fibber after listening to a few songs on beerbongs & bentleys — that is, until they hear “Stay.” 

Post Malone ditches the effects on his voice, souped up lifestyle and high energy production and goes straight acoustic as he outlines his struggles to maintain a relationship. It’s brilliant in its somberness and will surely moisten a few eyes the brokenhearted during late night listens. To be honest, it could be the defining moment this album and something that his fans will beg to hear more on his next album.

In Between The Partying, There Is Pain

Although the first three singles (“Rockstar,” “Candy Paint” and “Psycho”) are all high energy romps with wildly contagious hooks, what really makes beerbongs & bentleys are the darker songs that balance the album out. Songs like “Blame It On Me,” “Paranoid” and “Rich & Sad” are the anchors that keep the album from floating away into one-note territory. As we know, there are downsides to success and Post Malone touches on them, albeit briefly before launching right back into flexing his money and access to women on songs like the Swae Lee-assisted “Spoil My Night.” Hey, you can’t be sad all the time when you’re filthy rich, right?