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Post Malone
Post Malone
Post Malone (28150750483).jpg
Post Malone in 2016
Born Austin Richard Post
(1995-07-04) July 4, 1995 (age 22)[1]
Syracuse, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • guitarist
Website postmalone.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
2015-present
Labels Republic

Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in February 2015, after the release of his debut single "White Iverson". In August 2015, Malone landed a record deal with Republic Records, going on to release "Congratulations" featuring Quavo and "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage, which respectively reached numbers eight and one on the US Billboard Hot 100. He released his debut studio album Stoney in 2016. His upcoming album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, is set to be released in 2018.

Early life and career beginnings

Austin Richard Post was born July 4, 1995 in Syracuse, New York.[3][4] Post was raised by his father, Rich Post, and his stepmother, Jodie Post. Post's father was a disc jockey in his youth and introduced Post to many different genres of music including hip-hop, country and rock.[5]

When Post was 9 years old,[6] he and his family moved to Grapevine, Texas after his father became the manager of concessions for the Dallas Cowboys.[7][8] Post began to play the guitar and auditioned for the band Crown the Empire in 2010, but was rejected after his guitar strings broke during the audition. He credited his initial interest in learning guitar to the popular video game Guitar Hero.[9] According to Post, his very first foray into professional music began when he was in a heavy metal band.[10] Soon after, he says he transitioned to softer rock as well as hip-hop, before beginning to experiment on FL Studio.[11] At 16, Post created his first mixtape using Audacity, titled Young and After Them Riches.[12] He showed it to some of his classmates at Grapevine High School.[9][13] He credited his love for music to his father, who he claims exposed him to many different genres of music. He was voted "Most Likely to Become Famous" by his classmates as a senior in high school. He worked at a Chicken Express as a teenager.[9]

He enrolled in Tarrant County College but dropped out.[14] After leaving college, Post moved to Los Angeles, California, with his longtime friend Jason Probst, who was a professional game streamer.[15][16][17] After moving to LA, Post, Probst, and several other producers and artists formed the music group BLCKVRD and recorded music together.[18] Several members of the group, including Post, moved into a San Fernando house together. While living in the San Fernando house, Austin met 1st Down of FKi.

Career

According to Post, he chose Post Malone as his stage name when he was 14 or 15.[19] The name was rumored to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone,[20] but Post later explained that while 'Post' is his last name, he used a "rap name generator" to get "Malone".[21] He met 1st and Rich from FKi and Rex Kudo who produced several of Post's tracks, including "White Iverson".[3] Post recorded the song two days after writing it.[13] "White Iverson" is, in part, a reference to the professional basketball player Allen Iverson.[22][23][20] In February 2015, upon completion, it was uploaded to Post's SoundCloud account.[24] On July 19, 2015, Post released a music video for "White Iverson", which has received over 390 million views since its release. The single received praise from Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa.[9][25][26] However, the song was mocked by artists such as Earl Sweatshirt.[27][28][29]

After hitting one million views within a month of releasing "White Iverson", Post quickly garnered attention from record labels.[23] In August 2015, he signed a recording contract with Republic Records.[30][31] Post subsequently worked with a number of prominent rappers such as 50 Cent, Young Thug, and Kanye West, among others.[32][33] In August 2015, he performed at Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday party,[34] where he met Kanye West, who enjoyed his music, leading to him collaborating with Post on his single "Fade" from his album The Life of Pablo.[35] Post later began his friendship with Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber, which led to Post being an opening act for Bieber's Purpose World Tour.[36][37] On April 20, 2016, Post premiered his new single, "Go Flex" on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show.[38] On May 12, 2016, he released his first full-length project, a mixtape, titled August 26,[39] the title of which was a reference to the release date of his debut album. On June 9, 2016, Post made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing "Go Flex".[40]

In June 2016, XXL editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten revealed Post Malone was considered for XXLs "2016 Freshmen Class" magazine cover, but she was "told by his camp that he wasn't paying attention to hip hop so much. He was going in more of a rock/pop/country direction."[41] However, Post denied these claims, explaining that his latest mixtape as well as his upcoming album were both hip-hop.[42] In August 2016, Post issued an apology for his album, Stoney, being late.[43] It was available for pre-order on November 4, and was finally released on December 9. Post later went on to call the album "mediocre",[7] despite the success of the single "Congratulations" featuring Quavo, Post's first top-ten song on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight.[44][45]Stoney also featured the top 100 hits "I Fall Apart", and "Deja Vu", featuring Bieber, with the album later being certified double platinum by the RIAA in October 2017.[46]

In February 2017, Post revealed the title of his next project, Beerbongs & Bentleys,[47] and was set to be released in December, before eventually being pushed back to 2018.[48] In September, Malone released the first single from the album, "Rockstar", featuring 21 Savage. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of December 2017, held the spot for currently eight consecutive weeks,[49] later prompting Rolling Stone to call him "one of the most popular musicians in the country" in 2017. In November, Malone released the official music video for "Rockstar", directed by Emil Nava.[50][51][52][53]

Musical style

Post's music has been described as a "melting pot of the country, grunge, hip-hop and R&B"[54] and Post himself has been described as versatile.[55] His vocal style has been described as laconic.[56] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times described Post as "an artist who toes the line between singing and rapping, and hip-hop and spooky electric folk".[57] Malone himself has called his music "genre-less".

Post cites Bob Dylan, who he became interested in around the age of 15, as an influence on his music, calling him "a genius" and "a god". He called "Subterranean Homesick Blues" the "first rap song". He has a tattoo of Dylan as well.[7]

Controversy

In a November 2017 interview with Polish media outlet NewOnce, he expressed his belief that modern hip-hop music lacks "people talking about real shit", saying "If you're looking to think about life, don't listen to hip-hop."[58][59] Post received social media backlash for his comments, including from rappers such as Lil B and Vince Staples.[60][61] He appeared in a video on Twitter, explaining that the reason for his comments were that it was a "beer-tasting" interview,[62] and going on to say that he loves hip-hop.[63][64]NewOnce denied that Post drank the majority of beers offered to him by the outlet.[65]

Personal life

Post has a tattoo of U.S. president John F. Kennedy on his arm, and has said that Kennedy was "the only President to speak out against the crazy corruption stuff that's going on in our government nowadays."[66] In December 2016, Post discussed that if asked to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump he would not have been opposed,[67] though he stated that neither Trump nor Hillary Clinton were fit for President of the United States and expressed his support of Bernie Sanders during the election cycle.[67]

Post later expressed a dislike for Trump in a November 2017 interview for Rolling Stone. In the same interview, he revealed that he owned a myriad of guns, and believed it was an "American" right to own and operate guns. He also expressed a heavy interest in conspiracy theories, saying "There's crazy shit that goes on that we can't explain."[9]

Discography

  • Stoney (2016)
  • Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)

Media appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Skee TV Self 1 episode ("Action Bronson, OT Genasis, Post Malone, Matt & Kim")[68]
2016 GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network Self 1 episode ("GGN Post Malone Has the Sauce")[68]
2016 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Self 2 episodes ("Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones/Post Malone," "Sarah Silverman/Jimmy Butler/Post Malone")[68]
2016 Pattaya Performer, Writer ("White Iverson") [68]
2016 Hot Ones Self 1 episode ("Post Malone Sauces on Everyone While Eating Spicy Wings")[69]
2017 "Making Music with Post Malone" Self [70]
2017 FishCenter Live Self 1 episode[71]
2017 H3 Podcast Self 3 episodes (Episodes #7, 10, 39)[68]
2017 Late Night with Seth Meyers Self 1 episode ("Jake Gyllenhaal/Whitney Cummings/Post Malone/Quavo/Metro Boomin/Charlie Benante")[68]
2017 Ridiculousness Self 1 episode ("Post Malone")[68]
2017 iDubbbzTV Actor [72]
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage Performer, Writer ("Burning Man") [68]

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