Post Malone is a growing superstar who can hardly be boxed into any one genre. While it’s nothing new for an artist to have a slew of hit records, Posty is in his own lane with his own sound and one-of-a-kind personality. It’s one thing to make fire music, but it’s another to be one of the most happy, lovable humans for the public eye to adore.
Born in Syracuse, New York, but raised in Grapevine, Texas, real name Austin Post exploded onto the R&B/hip-hop scene with banger “White Iverson,” which actually served as his first single ever. Eventually signing a deal with Republic Records, he quickly proved he was the opposite of a one-hit wonder, releasing his debut album Stoney, which is now certified triple Platinum.
If that’s not enough, the project’s standout single “Congratulations” recently went diamond, pushing over 10 million units since its release two years ago. Produced by Metro Boomin, Frank Dukes and Louis Bell, the song itself is one of the most uplifting, positive, celebratory records to grace the rap game, the soundtrack to everything from graduation to promotions to simply living the best life possible.
Beyond the music, it’s Posty’s knack for living life to the fullest, partying hard with the broskis and living each moment like it’s his last. Beyond that, his business endeavors are incredibly on brand, including deals with Bud Light and Crocs. Closing out 2018 with a bang, he released his instant hit “Wow.”, which ended up being the lead single from his third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding. The 17-track project peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and features radio-favorite “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug.
To celebrate Post’s upcoming show at the Honda Center in Anaheim California on the Runaway Tour, Irvine Weekly compiled a Top 8 playlist of Post Malone essentials. Listen below!
“Better Now” comes off Posty’s second studio album beerbongs & bentleys, which went on to become his first #1 album on the Billboard 200. The song itself transcends the genres of R&B, pop and hip-hop, as he reminisces on a past relationship — feeling those emotions that come with heartbreak while trying to stay strong.
Not only is this relatable, but it reminds fans he’s human just like the rest of us.
This is the song that blew Post Malone’s name to the mainstream light. Ensuing instant nostalgia upon hearing it, the record wasn’t meant to blow up like it did. On the chorus, he sings, “Saucin’, saucin’, I’m saucin’ on you / I’m swaggin’, I’m swaggin’, I’m swaggin’ / I’m ballin’, I’m ballin’, Iverson on you.”
Filled with basketball metaphors, Posty compares his rise in the rap game to being the MVP of the basketball court.
If you saw the latest Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film, you already recognize this single. Post Malone and Swae linking up for a song on the soundtrack is everything music-lovers ever wanted. The feel-good anthem not only came in perfect timing for the beautiful Southern California weather, but it reminded you that love does exist.
Sunflowers represent loyalty and longevity due to the flower’s ability to retain its beauty in an environment where other flowers wilt. In this case, it’s that one special female.
“Psycho” featuring Ty Dolla $ign
This collab is R&B heaven all in one. Not only did it impact radio airwaves all across the world, but “Psycho” reminds you that dreams really do come true if you work hard and do whatever it takes to get to the top. Both Post and Ty$ croon about their expensive habits, from diamonds to convertibles to high-end watches.
This is Posty at the best version of himself.
“Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage
This quite possibly might be one of the best visuals from Posty to date. With over 578 million views on YouTube alone, the four-minute clip comes with a “parental advisory and viewer warning” disclaimer at the very beginning, setting you up for the explicit scenes that unfold. Regardless, the single compares his “rock & roll” habits reeling in some of the greats.
As for 21 Savage, he’s a rockstar in the rap game as well.
“Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug
Any time Posty drops a new song, it automatically hits radio. This record with Young Thug was no different. “Goodbyes” is a heartfelt ballad about a man who’s in love with a girl, but knows he needs to remove her from his life altogether. The cinematic visual sees Posty being stabbed and murdered at the beginning, eventually returning in zombie form.
Eventually, he encounters a female who left him initially, allegedly his ex-girlfriend Ashlen Diaz.
“I Fall Apart”
If you’re emo like me, “I Fall Apart” hits home each and every time. While the actual track is fueled by a heartbreak Post experienced in high school, the feelings and emotions of being broken are relatable across all fronts. We all go through shit in life, it’s about bouncing back and overcoming those trials and tribulations that make us stronger.
Plus, Posty’s voice on the chorus makes you feel like you’re not alone. We’re all in this together.
Hailing from Post’s third studio album Hollywood’s Bleeding, “Circles” arrives in perfect timing for the fall. Piggybacking off the heartbreak theme of “Goodbyes,” he continues to reminisce on heartbreak and broken relationships. But the breakthrough comes in the song’s official music video, seeing Post in a gladiator form in what seems like the ancient times.
He sings on the chorus, “Seasons change and our love went cold / Feed the flame ’cause we can’t let go.” We’re all running in circles in this thing called life.
Post Malone performs at Honda Center in Anaheim on November 16 with opener Tyla Yaweh. Purchase tickets here