Post Malone Returns With ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’ Album

Post Malone first rose to prominence in the late 2010s with his albums Stoney and Beerbongs & Bentleys. Now, three years and a global pandemic later, the “White Iverson” rapper is back with Twelve Carat Toothache, his first LP since 2019’s Hollywood’s Bleeding.

Malone first spoke about the musical direction his fourth album in a summer 2020 interview, as the pandemic raged and many were stuck at home. “I want to make an album that will uplift and show that people are not alone in their times of loneliness and worry and that at the end of the day we all just need to show love to everyone on the planet and figure things out,” he mused.

The finished product, Twelve Carat Toothache, contains collaborations with artists ranging from Roddy Ricch and Gunna to Fleet Foxes and The Kid Laroi. And though the album was recorded throughout the pandemic, its largely positive material coincides with his latest adventure: he announced last month that he’s expecting his first child with his girlfriend. “I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and for [as long as] I could remember I was sad,” he said honestly. “Time to take care of my body and my family and friends, and spread as much love as we can every day.”

Getting to see different sides to every situation became a recurring theme throughout the record. “That’s what the whole record is about: it’s the bipolar aspect and the duality of everything,” he told Zane Lowe. “And so, there’s a lot of things very much on this record that are tongue-in-cheek. And I think this whole record is the most honest record I’ve made, and I’m so pumped for people to hear it. But every song in there tells a story, so this is kind of like, ‘Here’s the life that we live, but there’s always something going on in the background.’”

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