Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer. He has gained acclaim for blending musical genres including pop, trap and rock, his introspective songwriting, and his laconic vocal style. Born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Grapevine, Texas, Post first attained recognition in 2015 following the release of his debut single "White Iverson" which peaked in the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He subsequently earned a recording contract with Republic Records.
Post's debut studio album Stoney (2016) peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200, and was eventually certified triple platinum. Post's second album Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and broke several streaming records upon release. The album opened to mixed critical reception and contained the US chart-topping songs "Rockstar" and "Psycho". It 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. It peaked at number two on the Hot 100. He returned in July 2019, releasing the single, "Goodbyes", which features Young Thug, which debuted at number three on the Hot 100.
As of 2019, Post has sold 60 million records in the US. He has a received a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for "Congratulations". He has won two American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award and a MTV Video Music Award, and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.
Personal life[change | change source]
Post currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He also has a multimillion-dollar 13,000-square-foot home in northern Utah. Post's old home in San Fernando Valley, California was robbed on September 1, 2018. Post was in a three year long relationship with Ashlen Diaz, ending in November 2018.
On August 21, 2018, Post boarded a plane leaving Teterboro Airport and was scheduled to land in London Luton Airport. At 10:50 am, the tires blew out on takeoff and the plane was rerouted to Stewart International Airport for an emergency landing. The plane landed safely at 3:50 pm. Once the plane had landed, Post tweeted about the incident, writing "i landed guys. thank you for your prayers. can't believe how many people wished death on me on this website. fuck you. but not today."
Post was involved in a car crash on September 8, 2018. Post's white Rolls-Royce was driving through Santa Monica in the early morning when it collided with another car at 3:30 am. Although no one was severely injured in the incident, several people were treated for minor injuries.
Political views[change | change source]
Post has a tattoo of U.S. president John F. Kennedy on his arm, and has said that Kennedy was "the only President to speak out against the crazy corruption stuff that's going on in our government nowadays." In December 2016, Post stated that if asked to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump he would not have been opposed, though he stated that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton were fit for President of the United States and expressed his support of Bernie Sanders during the election cycle.
Post later expressed a dislike for Trump in a November 2017 interview for Rolling Stone. In the same interview, he revealed that he has a large collection of guns and believes it is an American right to own and operate guns. Post also expressed a strong interest in conspiracy theories when he said, "There's crazy shit that goes on that we can't explain." During a trip to Canada, Post was interviewed and when asked what the "biggest lie is", he replied "The biggest lie in the world is the U.S. government. It's a fucking reality show and I think there's gonna be a lot of weird shit that happens within our generation that really changes the way of the world."
References[change | change source]
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- "Post Malone Talks JFK Assassination & Trump Inauguration on 'The Breakfast Club'". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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- "Post Malone Says "the U.S. Government Is the Biggest Lie"". Highsnobiety. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
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