About Post Malone
Born Austin Richard Post in Syracuse, New York on July 4, 1995, Post Malone is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Malone inherited his love of music from his disc jockey father, who introduced him to a wide variety of genres, his favorites being hip-hop, country, and rock.
At age nine, his family relocated to Grapevine, Texas when his father was recruited as manager of concessions for the Dallas Cowboys.
Having begun learning to play guitar in his early-teens, Malone auditioned for the metalcore band Crown the Empire when he was 15, but was unsuccessful due to his guitar strings breaking during the audition. It was around this time that he chose the stage name Post Malone.
2011-2017: Career beginnings and Stoney
In 2011, aged 16, Post Malone created his debut mixtape, Young and After Them Riches, using Audacity.
Malone enrolled in Tarrant County College for a short spell after high school, but soon dropped out and decided to move to Los Angeles. Whilst there, he formed the music group BLCKVRD alongside fellow producer Probst and other LA-based producers and artists. Several members of the collective, including Malone, rented a house together in San Fernardo Valley, which is where he met Atlanta-based production and songwriting team Fki and multi platinum producer Rex Kudo.
In 2015, Kudo and Malone went into the studio to record Malone's debut single "White Iverson", which hit a million views within a month of being posted on YouTube and garnered praise from both Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa. The single peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was eventually certified five-times platinum.
August 2015 was a big month for Post Malone - he signed with Republic Records and also got booked to perform at Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday party, where he met Kanye West, who he later collaborated with.
In May 2016, Malone released his first official mixtape to promote his upcoming debut album. The album, Stoney, was released in November and featured guest appearances from Justin Bieber, Kehlani, Quavo, and 2 Chainz. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, peaking at number four, and was certified platinum in the UK and triple-platinum in the US. The album launched six singles, including "Congratulations", which was Malone's first top 10 hit and was certified nine-times platinum.
2017-present: Beerbongs & Bentleys and Hollywood's Bleeding
In September 2017, Malone released the single "Rockstar", featuring 21 Savage, which became his first Billboard Hot 100 number one single, and stayed at the top spot for eight consecutive weeks. Later that year, he was named by Rolling Stone as "one of the most popular musicians in the country" in 2017.
February 2018 saw the release of Malone's number two single "Psycho" featuring Ty Dolla Sign, and two months later he released his second studio album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and launched five hit singles, including the number ones "Rockstar" and "Psycho". The month after its release, the album broke the record for the most simultaneous top 20 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with nine songs in the top 20 of the Hot 100. Certified triple-platinum by the RIAA, Beerbongs & Bentleys led to four Grammy Award nominations for Malone at the 61st Grammy Awards, including awards for Album of the Year and Record of the Year. May 2018 also saw Malone win Top Rap Song at the Billboard Music Awards for "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage.
That August, Stoney broke Michael Jackson's 34-year-old record for most weeks on Billboard's Top R&B and Hip-Hop Albums with 77 weeks compared to Thriller's 76.
In October 2018, Malone released the song "Sunflower": a collaboration with Swae Lee that featured in the film Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. It peaked at number one in the US and several other countries, including Canada, where it stayed at the top spot for two weeks, and Australia, where it was certified seven-times platinum.
Post Malone's third studio album, Hollywood's Bleeding, was released in September 2019 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, as well as reaching the top spot in 11 other countries around the world. It features collaborations with a host of high profile artists, including DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee, and Young Thug. The album launched four singles: "Wow", "Goodbyes", "Circles", and "Enemies", which peaked at number two, three, and four on the US Billboard Hot 100, respectively.