ARTIST PROFILE

Post Malone

Name: Austin Richard Post

Birthday: July 4, 1995

Fav Dish: Hot Chicken Wings

Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He has gained acclaim for blending musical genres, introspective songwriting, and his laconic vocal style.

Born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Grapevine, Texas, Malone first attained recognition following the release of his debut single “White Iverson” in 2015. He subsequently earned a recording contract with Republic Records, and “White Iverson” peaked at number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was later certified quadruple platinum.

His debut studio album Stoney was released in 2016 and peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was eventually certified triple platinum. The album contained the singles “I Fall Apart” and “Congratulations”, which charted in the top twenty on the Hot 100. In 2018, he released its follow-up Beerbongs & Bentleys, which opened at number one on the Billboard 200, and broke several streaming records upon release. The album contained the single “Better Now”, and the chart-topping songs “Rockstar” and “Psycho”. It also opened to critical acclaim, and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2018, he collaborated with Swae Lee on the song “Sunflower” for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which also reached atop the Hot 100. He then released the song “Wow”, which is widely believed to be the first single from his upcoming third studio album. The song peaked at number six on the Hot 100.

 

Austin Richard Post was born on July 4, 1995, in Syracuse, New York. Post has stated he has Native American ancestry on The Breakfast Club in 2016. He was raised by his father, Rich Post, and his stepmother, Jodie. His father had been a disc jockey in his youth and introduced Post to many different genres of music including hip-hop, country, and rock. When Post was nine years old, he and his family moved to Grapevine, Texas, after his father became the manager of concessions for the Dallas Cowboys. 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.

Post has always had a love for emo music, and appeared for a DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles in June 2017, playing My Chemical Romance at the event. According to Post, his very first foray into professional music began when he was in a heavy metal band. Soon after, he says he transitioned to softer rock as well as hip-hop, before beginning to experiment on FL Studio. At 16, using Audacity, Post created his first mixtape, Young and After Them Riches. He showed it to some of his classmates at Grapevine High School. 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.

He enrolled in Tarrant County College but dropped out. After leaving college, Post moved to Los Angeles, California, with his longtime friend Jason Probst, a professional game streamer.According to Post, he chose “Post Malone” as his stage name when he was 14 or 15. The name was rumored to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone, but Post later explained that “Post” is his last name, and he used a “rap name generator” to get “Malone”.