Post Malones quick rise to fame from Guitar Hero

The first Guitar Hero was released in 2005. Post found a love for playing it and decieded to pick up real guitar because of it. Photo courtesy of Guitarhero.com

His love for playing guitar started with playing the popular video game Guitar Hero. Austin Richard Post, more famously known as Post Malone, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Born in Syracuse, NY on July 24, 1995 Post has become an icon in the music industry in his last five years of involvement.

He started playing guitar and recording music when he was 16 years old. Post graduated from Grapevine High School in Grapevine Texas. After high school, Post went to Tarrant County College but later dropped out to move to Los Angeles, California with his longtime friend Jason Probst.

He started his career in 2015 with his debut single “White Iverson,” which reached over one million views in just a month. He gained a lot of attention from record labels where he then signed with Republic Records according to Hot New Hip Hop. His song “Celebration,” featuring Quavo, was Post’s first top-ten song to reach the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 8. On December 9, 2016 Post released his debut album, Stoney which featured lots of different artists like, Justin Bieber, Quavo and 2 Chainz.

Post Malone performing “Allergic” off of the Hollywood’s Bleeding album at Van Andel Arena. Photo by Molly Clark

In February 2017, he announced his album called Beerbongs and Bentleys, which was due to be released that December (2017), before being pushed back to early 2018. Later that year, in September, he released the first single of the album “rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage. The song reached the Billboard’s Hot 100 #1 spot for 8 consecutive weeks according to Billboard. In February of 2018, Post announced his new song with Ty Dolla Sign titled “Psycho”. The song debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top 100, which was his third entry into the top 10. In April of 2018, Beerbongs and Bentleys was released and broke the first-day streaming records on Spotify, with 78.7 million streams worldwide.

On August 26, 2019, Post announced that his third album Hollywood’s Bleeding would be released on September 6, 2019. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 489,000 albums during the first week.

This new album had lots of different styles of music with drastic different elements. All of which are very good songs. There are 17 tracks on the album, clocking in at 51minutes worth of music.

I feel like [in Los Angeles] a lot of people want to be somebody, and they’ll use every last piece out of you to better themselves

Post said in a Beats 1 interview.
Ozzy Osbourne, Prince of Darkness, at the I Am Ozzy book signing at Changing Hands, Tempe Arizona, Feb 20th, 2010. Permission from GNU free documentation License

The first song on the album is “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” where Post talks about his thoughts on Hollywood, and how toxic the environment is. “I feel like [in Los Angeles] a lot of people want to be somebody, and they’ll use every last piece out of you to better themselves” said Post in an interview with Beats 1. The second track is “Saint-Tropez,” this song has a funky trap beat that talks about designer brands and his work ethic. It is one of my personal favorites on the album. Skipping to the fourth track on the album which is “Allergic,” and is another one of my favorites. It’s different from a lot of his other songs and it is very well done. In the song it has hard hitting drums and an energetic beat, but also has a slow guitar in the chorus. The ninth song on the album is called “Take What You Want,” which features Ozzy Osbourne and a very dramatic guitar solo. This track also talks about Los Angeles and how toxic it is and also on Post’s past relationship along with Osbourne’s. This song has a great dynamic between the two and Osbourne’s guitar solo ties in very nicely. All in all this album was very well done. Post shows different emotions and talks about certain things in his life while having a very creative flow to it. 

Along with this new album, he announced the Runaway Tour with Swae Lee. Post will be stopping at 64 spots in the United States, three in Canada and eight in Europe. Dispersed through three legs. Starting in Tacoma, Washington and concluding in London, England.

On February 12, Post Malone, Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh performed in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena.

Post Malone performing “Over Now” off of the Beerbongs & Bentleys album at Van Andel Arena on February 12, 2020. Photo by Molly Clark

Tyla Yaweh opened with “I Think I Luv Her” and was very energetic on stage. Swae Lee followed with “Unforgettable,” “Hopeless Romantic” and “Sunflower.” Last on stage was Post with a very dramatic entrance with pulsating lights and many smoke machines. He started with “Hollywood Bleeding,” the intro to his newest album, and walked out to “Congratulations,” which was one of his first hit songs. Post played a wide variety of songs from all of his albums with exciting visuals and light shows to go with. He also played the acoustic version of his song “Stay” off of the Beerbongs and Bentleys album. Which he then proceeded to smash the guitar that he used on stage. They all did a very good job up on stage and were all very energetic.

Molly Clark

Molly Clark

Hi! My name is Molly Clark and I'm a junior at Gull Lake High School. I enjoy writing, taking pictures and traveling. I would like to pursue writing and turn it into my profession.

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