Post Malone’s “Psycho”

What you see is most definitely not what you get.

Cover art for “Psycho” by Post Malone

The Song

Our latest sample to pull from is “Psycho,” a surprising simple track that’s managed to top charts in just days. You wanna talk about structure? Chorus, verse, chorus, verse, chorus — that’s the song.

There’s not much to it… but it feels like there is.

I see songs as a texture. (That’s 3 of the 5 senses if you’re paying attention.) Music is like that; it’s nuanced and received in diverse ways.

Lyrics

I’ve never considered lyrics to be a defining factor for an artist like Post Malone. He’s far more concerned with bass lines and real instrumental implementation — but he is what he is. You get the same lyrical content you would with any other new-age hip-hop/trap artist.

There are staples in the song where listeners can relax and enjoy the moment…

“And I’m like wooooaaaaah.”

(Yawn)

The funny thing about Posty are his ‘I’m-really-rich-and-underwhelmed’ lines. He’s half cocky, half grim 100% of the time: “Made my first million, I’m like shit this is it.”

Branding

Branding in hip-hop can get out of whack at times. It’s commonplace to find cover art and album covers completely out of sync with the sound and/or artist.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.