White Iverson: Post Malone On His Improv Dance Moves, Debut Album and Kanye West’s Co-Sign
If there was any doubt about Post Malone’s appeal to the Soundcloud generation over the last 7 months — the thirty million and something streams of his breakthrough single, “White Iverson,” can kill that noise.
In less than a year, the Dalls sing-rap crooner has heard his songs go from Internet forums to Top 40 radio playlists without a major scandal or reality show. However, Post did face some negative press when a dicey video clip of him using the N-word surfaced online in recent weeks — he quickly offered up an formal apology for the mistake that was accepted by fans. The relentless support of his growing fanbase and huge musical cosigns have have reserved him a spot at the hip-hop winner’s table.
“I’m really shy, but I feel like music is [how] I can really express myself and connect with people,” explains Post about his passion. Otherwise, I don’t really talk that much.”
Post tells VIBE he already received praise from Kanye West during a chance meeting (“I met at [Kanye West] at Kyle Jenner’s. He said he really likes my music.”) and worked with the A$AP Mob’s creative director Bari on an upcoming video for his A$AP Yams dedication, “Too Young.”
Even though the young singer never even met the A$AP impresario, Yams’ impact from a far was enough to push Malone to write a record that pays homage to the late A$AP Mob founder. “That song was dedicated to him,” says Post about “Too Young.” That’s his song.” The singer also credits A$AP Rocky and Bari for being a direct influence on his current style choices.
Malone is a Rookie, but he may be up for MVP contender in his freshmen class. Having performed his first major shows this past March at Austin’s SXSW music festival, the singer credits his stage interaction with listeners as part of the Post Malone experience.
“I just have a couple drinks, get riled up and we go out there and have fun. I think a show is more of an interacting with fans than you just singing songs. It’s a time where yall get to know each other better. “All my dance moves are improv,” says Post with a smile. “I just make them up on the spot.”
With the ears of a young following stalking his every move, Malone hopes to have his debut album out before the year is over. He confirmed with VIBE that he has worked with a range of producers for the project already — including FKI, Rex Cudo, E-don, Charlie Handsome, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin and more.
[Photos by Ian Reid]