Post Malone (born July 4, 1995 in Syracuse, New York; real name Austin Richard Post) is an American singer, rapper, music producer and actor.
Post Malone was born Austin Richard Post in Syracuse, New York in 1995. At the age of ten, he moved with his family to Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas. His father Rich Post listened to a lot of music and this led him to pick up the guitar himself and write his own songs. At first he wanted to become a band musician, but then became a fan of the hip-hop crew Terror Squad and joined a local crew as an MC. At the age of 15, Malone attended an audition for the post-hardcore band Crown the Empire to become their guitarist, but failed in this attempt. In high school he played in a metalcore band.
In the 2010s, Post moved to Los Angeles. There he began to publish his own music on the Internet. Post’s father was an employee of the Dallas Cowboys and he himself was not only a football but also a basketball enthusiast and wrote the song White Iverson in reference to NBA star Allen Iverson. In early 2015, he posted the song online and achieved high views. The Republic Records label took notice, signed him and released the song as a single that same year. It charted right away, reaching #14 on the US charts and #3 on the US rap charts. Over three million copies of the song were purchased or streamed accordingly, and he was certified 4x platinum. He was able to follow it up with Go Flex, a second single that also made the charts and went gold. He also became known beyond North America, notably for collaborating on the song Deja Vu with Justin Bieber, on whose tour he opened, and on Kanye West’s song Fade. Both songs also charted in the UK, among other places.
In late 2016, Post Malone released his debut album Stoney, which entered the US album chart at #6. On April 27, 2018, he released his second studio album Beerbongs & Bentleys. The tour for the new album started on October 28, 2018.
In the summer of 2019, the single Goodbyes featuring rapper Young Thug was released as the second single from his third album Hollywood’s Bleeding, which he released on September 6 of the same year. A week before the album’s release, he released his third single Only Wanna be With You, with background music provided by Pokemon Silver/Gold/Crystal.