Somewhere on a producer’s hard drive is an unfinished Post Malone song with iconic Bob Dylan lyrics. Rolling Stone reported. In an interview with the magazine, producer Michael Cash revealed that Malone was starring in an all-Dylan song project where rappers would cover songs written by Dylan. This collection of songs was inspired by the 2014 collaborative album Lost On the River: The New Basement Tapes, which featured Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford singing all of Dylan’s unreleased lyrics.
Dylan’s rep Jeff Rosen reportedly said there were lyrics for the potential song, titled “Be Not Deceived,” in November 2020. Malone, a huge Dylan fan, heard the song when he stopped by Cash’s studio in March 2021, thinking that Dylan would also be there for the recording session. Half of the song was recorded during the session. Dylan’s team liked what they heard, but suddenly the producer couldn’t get Malone into the studio to finish the song.
“All I can tell you is that it went from something to be excited about to a circular figure-of-eight pattern,” Cash said. “No one had an answer.”
Dylan’s team didn’t want to wait any longer for Malone, so he took the lyrics from him.
“Rosen said to me at one point, ‘Well, we’ll just retract the lyrics.’ Bob and Mr. Rosen do things a certain way. They get things done in New York in a minute, and then it started… Honestly, they just thought, ‘This should be done.'”