One of music’s newest breakout stars: Post Malone
BY PAUL CHANG
Post Malone in the span of one year has gone from a no name to a Billboard Top 20 artist. Malone is currently 21 and was only 19 years old when he became a music sensation. He burst onto the rap scene in 2015 with the release of his hit single "White Iverson" on the song sharing website SoundCloud. Malone wrote the song in two days and admits that he never expected it to blow up. After seeing his song gain so much popularity on SoundCloud, Malone made a studio version and later followed up with a music video that has since garnered over 240 million views on Youtube. Malone’s rapid success quickly attracted the attention of fellow rappers like Kanye West, Young Thug, and 50 Cent, who have all since done collaborations with him.
"His songs are very catchy and energizing but they can be a bit too auto- tuned for my taste. They’re still great to sing along to though," junior Alicia Lan said.
For the basketball savvy, Post Malone’s name may sound oddly familiar. Post is his legal last name and Malone is a tribute to Karl Malone, a basketball star he looked up to growing up. He wears his hair braided in cornrows in the style of Allen Iverson, the inspiration behind his first hit single "White Iverson." Post Malone was signed to Republic Records in early 2016 and dropped his debut studio album "Stoney" on Dec. 9 that same year. Since then, four songs: "White Iverson," "Congratulations," "Deja Vu," and "Go Flex" have all broken into the Billboard Top 100.
In the span of under two years, Malone has achieved what many artists hope to achieve in a lifetime. While initially ridiculed as a one hit wonder, the success of his album demonstrates that he has the ability to consistently produce well received music. Look out for Post Malone in 2017 to continue to drop record after record of pure flames.