Austin Richard Post, better known as Post Malone, has been accommodating himself at the top of the music scene and became one of the most successful rappers of the second half of this last five years. A place that the 25 year old singer consolidated on October 14, when he was left with nine categories of Billboard Awards that confirm him as one of the most talented artists in the environment but also one of the most questioned by the public.
The awards gala was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, and was the first to be held on a physical stage since the start of the pandemic. The Billboard Awards recognized the best sellers of the year. Malone managed to win the most important award of the night, that of Best artist, plus eight other statuettes including Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist, among others.
Since his debut in 2015 with White Iverson On his SoundCloud account, Malone went from being anonymous to conquering the major music charts. That song earned him a contract with the prestigious Republic Records label and his career continued to rise.
Born in upstate New York, Malone became a phenomenon. Two nights in a row it filled the legendary Hollywood Bowl, a classic Los Angeles theater in which iconic bands such as The Beatles Y The Doors. In addition, he collaborated with artists such as Nicki Minaj Y Ozzy Osbourne, and put music to the movie Spider-Man: A New Universe.
According to GQ, Austin wanted to be a singer since he was a kid. He started writing songs at 12 and learned to play the guitar in a self-taught way thanks to Guitar Hero, a game in which you can simulate that you are manipulating the instrument.
At 18 he left Texas, where he had moved with his family when he was 9 and settled in Los Angeles, a place where he confessed to having slept in a closet because of the little money he had.
Like other rap artists, he got his stage name. By his basketball fanaticism, Malone was thought to be in honor of player Karl Malone, but in reality it is something much less poetic.
nullHe just put his real name on one of the automatic pseudonym generators for rappers what’s on the internet. The first result that came out was Malone. He liked it and adopted it.
The rapper is a great friend of Justin Bieber, with whom you have several things in common. Both began their career uploading music to the internet, together they recorded Already seen Y they shared a tour in 2017, Malone as the opening act and Bieber as the lead artist.
Beyond the awards and the millions of reproductions that his songs reach (he has more than 42 million monthly listeners on Spotify), the singer is an artist who does not stop generating controversies. In fact, thanks to some of his statements, the press classified him as el Donald Trump del hip hop.
Having declared publicly in favor of the “second amendment”, which protects the right of American citizens to own and bear arms of fire, added to the explicit misogyny and machismo of some of his lyrics, which also include a generous chapter dedicated to drugs and violence, earned him the nickname, which does not seem to bother him too much.
“The things that should have killed his career They’ve just made it bigger, “said Rob Stevenson, a Republic Records executive. By the way, the artist has a collection of automatic pistols, and as it is clear that he has no complexes with those who question this type of “hobby”, he tattooed one on his body to show his passion for them.
Of course, it’s not the only investment Malone made in ink for his skin. On the contrary, he may not even know well how many images do you have imprinted on your 184 centimeters of humanity along which it distributes its nearly 90 kilos of weight.
As those who know are numbered, Malone has registered at least 65 tattoos, several of which tune their face in a very special way and that speak a lot about themselves. “I feel like tattoos on my face make me interesting to look at, so when I lack beauty, I make up for it with intrigue at least,” Malone told IQ.
But the first tattoo the rapper got was not on his face, but on his left forearm, where since 2016 displays the Playboy bunny symbol, tattooed while recording his album Stoney.
Malone also has a sword that frames the right side of his face, an ace of spades on the very side of his forehead – testimony to his passion for Blackjack– and two words on his cheekbones: “always” (always), in one, and “tired” (tired) in the other one.
However, if there is one tatoo that really draws attention, among the many that Malone is wearing, it is that it shows the profile of the face of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. “The only president who spoke against crazy corruption that is happening in our government today “, the artist defined it when he presented his work in 2016.
On the palms of his hands he wears two words: one of them reads “whatever” (whatever), in the other, “nevermind” (it doesn’t matter). Perhaps because of the latter it is not strange that Malone’s left arm appears Kurt Cobain. “If he was gay, I would marry him. I think he’s, I don’t know, he’s a genius. So he was ahead of his time, “he once noted.
There is more, much more. Words; logos, like that of Motorhëad; a barbed wire around his crown; the title of one of your song Patient, On its arm; also the face of Lil Peep, the image of Saint Jude, a prominent face of Johnny Cash with his best jopo, and the list goes on in a collage of signifiers and symbols that give account of a personality that falls like a ring to the dice to lovers of the genre. And apparently, the industry as well.