Post Malone Kicks Off 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' Tour with Rockstar Antics in Portland

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Post Malone performs on stage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 26, 2018 in Portland. 

After what seemed like an eternity for fans, Post Malone’s sophomore album, beerbongs & bentleys, finally dropped Friday morning (Apr. 27), so it made perfect sense for Posty to savor the special moment on the first stop of his album tour Thursday night (Apr. 26) with some help from 21 Savage and buzzing Bay Area group SOB x RBE. In just a few hours, his Stoney follow-up would hit streaming platforms, so fans in attendance knew they would miss out on the collective experience of streaming it live and tweeting their appreciation.

Post was aware of this, as well of the fact that if the Portland crowd didn’t hear some new records, they were going to be “pissed.” Opening the show with “Too Young” to a wave of screams, he then acknowledged that his album was dropping, starting his first preview with track 7, the ballad “Over Now.” Its lyrics deal with Post being scorned by a woman, showing through pain that he’s moved on.

“I’ma pull up in a Bentley with a f--king one hundred thousand in my pocket/ I’ma pull in, swang the door open, stunt in and know everybody watchin’/ And help another b---h out the whip and I don’t give a f--k if you don’t like it,” he sang. Jumping from moods of heartache to partying, he played “Takin’ Shots” next – his wild, all-nighter anthem – and “Spoil My Night” featuring Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee, a fun record about spending dividends that’s poised to reach French Montana’s “Unforgettable” levels of popularity soon.

Throughout the night, Post worked in B&B teasers to his catchy set that included radio favorites “Déjà Vu,” “No Option,” “Up There,” and “Go Flex.” He also peppered in extended intros about the concept of some of his songs. “I know some of these people, and I’ve seen your watch, and it looked fake to me,” he said before getting into “Big Lie.” “And I’ve seen your car, and it looks like a rental. And I’ve seen your house, it looks like a goddamn Airbnb. And I’ve seen your girlfriend, she looks a lot like me.”

In another address, which got the crowd almost completely silent, he described his journey to the very stage he is on today. Critics have been harsh on Post in recent years, whether calling him a culture vulture, the Donald Trump of hip-hop, or scoffing at his claims that white rappers have it hard. Here, he tried to make a case that he’s a legitimate artist who isn’t going away.

As Post explained, he has been making music since he was 12 years old and he taught himself how to play guitar. As he got older, he started producing and singing over his own beats, eventually putting out a mixtape (August 26th), despite having very few friends who believed that he would succeed. Post says he moved to Los Angeles with “not a f--king dollar in my pocket,” which turned out to be worth the risk after he created his breakout single “White Iverson.”

“And even then, there were people talking s--t to me,” he said. “Trying to put me down, telling me that we would never f--king go nowhere, that we would never do a sold-out nationwide f--king tour. We would never have a No. 1 f--king song. That our album wouldn’t be on the f--king Billboard charts for 73 f--king weeks.”

Last year, “Rockstar” did spend eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, Stoney finally made the gradual climb to No. 1 on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums chart, actually spending 71 weeks after songs like “Congratulations” and “I Fall Apart” moved quickly up the Hot 100. Post listing these facts about himself felt unnecessary since he’s one of many young acts who can rack up huge numbers in the streaming era, but he wanted to prove a point. His Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour – and this stop specifically – show that his reach has gone far beyond the internet since those early days, attracting a massive, millennial crowd who sings every word and captures every bit of his show on social media.

Post’s set was a mix of good times and dark emotions – perfect for people who relate to his vulnerability as much as they relate to his struggles with addiction. “Feeling Whitney,” a song he performed with his guitar, was particularly moving, as well as “I Fall Apart,” which had everyone pulling out their lighters and cell phones, swaying them from side to side. More of his B&B songs connected with the crowd: “Candy Paint” and “92 Explorer” back to back made for a winning moment.

Of course, Post couldn’t leave without performing his biggest songs: “White Iverson,” “Rockstar,” and “Congratulations” were the trifecta of powerful hooks this crowd needed to leave on a high note. Prior to Post, 21 Savage rapped a tight set of Without Warning and Issa Album cuts that amped up the crowd. So, he returned for the finale -- and jolted them again -- with an energetic performance of “Rockstar” with his tourmate.

As for Post’s live rendition of “Congratulations,” Post, who was drinking beers and smoking cigarettes throughout the night, decided that this was time to make an emphatic statement. Before leaving, he smashed his guitar into pieces – not out of anger – but because he could. It was a lasting image of an artist who is controversial and misunderstood, yet widely loved by those who really care.