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Post Malone stirs hip-hop, R&B, and alternative into his own sonic “sauce” that’s both intoxicating and invigorating.
“I describe what I do as sauce,” he affirms. “You can turn up to it. You can chill to it. You can do anything to it. It makes you feel some type of way, or it makes you want to party. It just comes naturally.”
His recipe has yielded massive success so far. The Dallas native grew up listening to his dad’s Metallica, Johnny Cash, UGK, and The Notorious B.I.G. records before trading his Guitar Hero controller for an electric guitar at eleven-years-old. After graduating high school and releasing his first mixtape online, he picked up and headed west to Los Angeles, which would become his current home. Despite “partying too much” and not “having any money for cigarettes or Ramen,” the 19-year-old met production duo FKi and started making music.
“I wanted to create something everybody can get down to and get drunk to,” he continues. “People who like hip-hop will like it. People who like folk will dig it. People who like pop will be into it.”
One day, Post created the beat for “White Iverson” in his bedroom, laid down the vocals, and uploaded it to Soundcloud. The response proved overwhelming. Before he knew it, the budding star had Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller tweeting him, Complex, Noisey, The Fader, and Hypebeast singing his praises, 14 incendiary SXSW performances under his belt, and major labels knocking at his door.
The ethereal soundscape of “White Iverson” gives way to a charismatic and catchy declaration for Post. "The first time I got braids I was like ‘I feel like I'm the White Iverson’; I made the beat and recorded it. The vibe was right, and the stars aligned. The song itself is about confidence. I used to be really shy, and I started to develop this new swagger. ‘White Iverson’ was when we knew we had something people would fuck with.”
Signing to Republic in August 2015, Post immediately hit the studio to work on more music. Incorporating not only his inimitable voice but his production and instrumentation, it’s as enigmatic and enthralling as he is. It’s also just the beginning.