Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He has gained acclaim for blending musical genres including pop, trap and rock, his introspective songwriting, and his laconic vocal style. Born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Grapevine, Texas, Post first attained recognition in 2015 following the release of his debut single "White Iverson" which peaked in the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He subsequently earned a recording contract with Republic Records.
Post's debut studio album Stoney (2016) peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200, and was eventually certified triple platinum. Post's second album Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and broke several streaming records upon release. The album opened to mixed critical reception and contained the US chart-topping songs "Rockstar" and "Psycho". It was nominated for Album of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. In 2018, he collaborated with Swae Lee on the song "Sunflower" for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which also reached atop the Hot 100. He then released the song "Wow", which was the first single from his third studio album, Hollywood's Bleeding. It peaked at number two on the Hot 100. He returned in July 2019, releasing the single "Goodbyes", which features Young Thug and debuted at number three on the Hot 100. Post Malone released his third album, Hollywood's Bleeding, on September 6, 2019; it features "Wow", "Goodbyes", "Sunflower", and "Circles", with the latter serving as its third single in August 2019.
As of 2019, Post has sold 60 million records in the US. He has a received a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for "Congratulations". He has won two American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award and a MTV Video Music Award, and has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.
According to Post, he chose Post Malone as his stage name when he was 14 or 15. The name was rumored to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone, but Post later explained that while 'Post' is his last name, he used a "rap name generator" to get "Malone".