Post Malone has been swagging since his breakout hit "White Iverson" caught the Internet’s ears this past February on SoundCloud. Blending his sports savvy with folk-y bars, the 20-year-old Dallas-by-way-of-Syracuse rapper has become his own MVP, landing a major look with a Kanye West collaboration apparently titled “Fade,” also featuring Ty Dolla $ign. While the title and release date of his Republic Records debut is still TBD, Post got candid with Billboard about his connection to country music, getting cornrows and recording with ‘Ye.
You were born in Syracuse and grew up in Dallas. How did the geography of your upbringing affect your musical influences?
In New York, my dad raised me to listen to everything like hip-hop, rock and country music. When I moved to Dallas, I started listening to whatever I wanted to listen to. I was a sad kid. [Country songs] are sad songs and I was just sitting emo in my room listening to Hank [Williams] Senior, Johnny Cash and all that good stuff. It’s not turn-up, but it still gets me very hyped.