White Rappers

Post Malone

Austin Richard Post (born June 17, 1995), better known as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and musician. 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. On December 9, 2016, he released his debut studio album Stoney.

After leaving college, Malone moved to Los Angeles, California, with his longtime friend Jason Stokes. He created his stage name, which would later be rumoured to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone, but Malone later explained in an interview with The Breakfast Club that “‘Post’ is [his] last name, and [he] just made ‘Malone’ up”. He met 1st and Rich from FKi Music, and Rex Kudo who did production work on several of Malone’s tracks, including “White Iverson”. Malone recorded the song two days after he wrote it. “White Iverson” is in part, a reference to the professional basketball player Allen Iverson. In February 2015, upon completion, it was uploaded to Post’s SoundCloud account. On July 19, 2015, Malone released a music video for “White Iverson”, which has received over 235 million views since its release. After the initial hype of “White Iverson”, Post released several other popular singles through his SoundCloud, including “Too Young”, “What’s Up” “Patience”and “Tear$”, all of which experienced similar levels of popularity.

After hitting one million views within a month of releasing “White Iverson”, Post quickly garnered attention from record labels. In August 2015, he signed a recording contract with Republic Records. Since his breakthrough hit song, Malone has worked with a number of prominent rappers such as 50 Cent, Young Thug, and Kanye West, among others. Malone began his friendship with Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber, which led to Malone being an opening act for Bieber’s Purpose World Tour. On April 20, 2016, Malone premiered his new single, “Go Flex” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. On May 12, 2016, he released his first full-length project, a mixtape, titled August 26th.  On June 9, 2016, Malone made his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing “Go Flex”.

In June 2016, XXL editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten revealed Post Malone was considered for XXLs “2016 Freshmen Class” magazine cover, however 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.” However, Malone denied these claims, saying, “My love of music should never be questioned. I shouldn’t be chastised in whichever way I see fit.” He then went on to explain that his latest mixtape as well as his upcoming album are both hip-hop: “I have a hip-hop album coming out in August. I made a HIP HOP mixtape promoting my HIP HOP album.” The title of his debut mixtape August 26th was a reference to the scheduled release date of his debut studio album Stoney. On August 27, 2016, Post Malone issued an apology for the album being late. It was available for pre-order on November 4, and was finally released on December 9.

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