Post Malone

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Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. 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.

Early life

Malone was born in Syracuse, New York. When he was 10 years old, he and his family moved to Grapevine, Texas. He enjoyed playing basketball and watching sports. His father was the Dallas Cowboys' assistant director of food and beverage, so Malone was able to get free food and tickets to their games. Malone 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.

Malone first began learning how to produce music through FL Studio. When he was 16 years old, he started working on his first mixtape. He showed it to some of his classmates at Grapevine High School, garnering him notoriety at the school. He credited his love for music to his father, who exposed him to music making for all genres, including country music. He enrolled in Tarrant County College, attending for only a few months. While at Tarrant, Post was an excellent volleyball player. In his first three months he was named to the D-IV All Defensive Team.

Musical career

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, 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 255 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" "Patient"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.
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 26. 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, 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." 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 were 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 26 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.

Malone has revealed the title of his next project, Beerbongs and Bentleys.

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