Psycho (Post Malone song)

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"Psycho"
Post Malone Psycho.png
Single by Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign
from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
Format
Genre
Length3:40
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Post Malone
  • Louis Bell
Post Malone singles chronology
"I Fall Apart"
(2017)
"Psycho"
(2018)
"Ball for Me"
(2018)
Ty Dolla Sign singles chronology
"What You Think"
(2018)
"Psycho"
(2018)
"Me So Bad"
(2018)
Music video
"Psycho" on YouTube

"Psycho" is a song recorded by American rapper Post Malone featuring guest vocals from Ty Dolla $ign. It was released through Republic Records on February 23, 2018, as the third single from Post Malone's second studio album, Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018).[4][5][6] The artists co-wrote the song with Louis Bell, who co-produced it with Malone. Lyrically, the song discusses Malone's lifestyle and explores the theme of excessive fame and trust issues.[7][8] The song entered at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind Drake's "God's Plan",[9] and reached number one in June 2018.[10]

Release and promotion[edit]

Malone first teased the song on January 4, 2017, with a video of him playing the song in a studio.[11] Over a year later on February 21, 2018, he previewed the song on Twitter with a 30-second snippet,[12] which highlights his verse.[13] The accompanying artwork features a wolf and a bulldozer, the latter of which has the words "Posty Co." scribed on it.[14] The song comes with its own merch line, featuring three different long sleeve T-shirts.[15]

Composition[edit]

According to Billboard and Spin, the song has a slow-moving trap beat and melodically bears a resemblance to Post Malone's 2015 song "White Iverson".[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork deemed the song a combination of "some of the least interesting raps you could possibly imagine" and "a downer that won't quit", writing that it "uses concepts that have been played out in hip-hop for years".[16] Patrick Hosken of MTV News opined that the song "finds a late-night vibe that, away from the madness of crunching guitars, unfolds like a chill celebration of luxury".[17] Mitch Findlay of HotNewHipHop wrote that it "continues the formula set by" Post Malone's previous single "Rockstar", and that they share "a few melodic similarities", describing "Psycho" as "more subdued" in comparison.[18] The track was named the worst song of 2018 by Time.[19]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "Psycho" was released on March 22, 2018, on Post Malone's Vevo YouTube channel. It was directed by James DeFina.[20] It features Malone riding on a FM103 Spartan armored personnel carrier, fighting a wolf with a flamethrower, and Malone with Sign amidst the wreckage of ruined aircraft.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[21]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[78] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Belgium (BEA)[79] Gold 15,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[80] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[81] 8× Platinum 640,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[82] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[83] Gold 30,000
Netherlands (NVPI)[84] Platinum 80,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[85] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[86] Gold 5,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[87] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[88] 5× Platinum 5,000,000double-dagger
Streaming
Norway (IFPI Norway)[89] Platinum 6,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 23, 2018 Republic [21]
United States February 27, 2018 Rhythmic contemporary radio [90]

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