New music from Post Malone is coming soon. In a new interview with Billboard, the 26-year old superstar updated fans on the follow-up to 2019’s Hollywood’s Bleeding. Post, who has hardly released new music over the past two years admitted to feeling uninspired.
“You think about everything at the same time, and it’s f–king overload,” he says. “There’s a lot riding on the music. There’s a lot riding on just being able to keep making songs. And that’s hard to do because you’re like, ‘F–k — I already talked about everything.’ And you kind of run out of ideas, and that’s scary s–t.”
Billboard reports it took a few visits from his personal assistant, Ben Bell for him to rediscover his spark.
“There was a switch that flipped, and it felt like I was making Stoney,” he says, referencing his 2016 debut album. “I lost that, and the hardest part is getting it back. It ebbs and flows. It’s figuring out: ‘Just because I’m not inspired to do it at the moment doesn’t mean I’m giving up.’ ”
twelve carat toothache is his shortest album to date, clocking in at 45 minutes. This time around, he wanted to avoid filler, which he believes he has had on prior releases
“Trying to shove 20 to 25 songs, it doesn’t work,” Post said. “Talking to the label [it’s like], ‘Oh, if you have less songs, you’re not going to stream as much,’ but the whole thing is that you don’t want to compromise your art and your gut vibe on anything.”
Earlier this month, his manager Dre London wrote on Instagram that Post’s label Republic was holding up the album, possibly over the album’s length.
“I’ve made a lot of compromises, especially musically, but now I don’t feel like I want to anymore,” Post explained. “I don’t need a No. 1; that doesn’t matter to me no more, and at a point, it did.”
Post and his team have also discussed selling his catalog, though no deals are yet in place.
It’s smart, it’s showing growth, and it’s showing stability in music again,” London says. “So I do like it, and have we thought about it? Of course. But every artist and team has to know when the time is right to make that decision — and there’s always a number.”
“It’s got to be a lot of money,” adds Post.