Post Malone stirs a mix of genres into his own sonic sound that’s both intoxicating and invigorating on his RIAA platinum certified full-length debut album, Stoney [Republic Records]. His uncanny ability to cook up a 21st century “sauce” of genres transformed the multiplatinum Dallas, TX maverick into the “#1 Debut Hip-Hop Artist of 2016.” Upon release, Stoney bowed at Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200. In just a few months, the debut album has accumulated over 1 billion streams and went platinum in the U.S. and globally, while the RIAA minted his breakout single “White Iverson” four times platinum, “Congratulations” triple-platinum, and “Go Flex” platinum. As he turned up with a whiskey-soaked warbly flow, orchestral trap production, and an acoustic guitar in hand, he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times, Complex, Vibe, The Fader, and more.
He’s been grinding since his childhood in Dallas, and his work ethic brought him from humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. He grew up listening to his dad’s Metallica, Megadeth, 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.
In just six months of its official arrival on Republic Records, “White Iverson” first achieved RIAA Platinum status and he went on the road for Fetty Wap’s “Welcome To The Zoo” tour in early 2016. Kanye West and 50 Cent tapped him for high-profile collaborations, and Jay-Z, Bieber, and many others offered enthusiastic co-signs.