Once considered an aberration in the hip-hop world because of his unconventional style, in a matter of two years, Post Malone has evolved into a transcendent hitmaker. Since his start, Malone has proven to be an adept songwriter, piecing together tuneful records packed with sugary hooks. In the last six months, Posty quashed any dubious thoughts hovering around his career and successfully churned out No. 1 and No. 2 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” respectively.
Because of his monstrous success, Bud Light enlisted Malone for their Dive Bar Tour April 4 in Nashville, TN, which last featured G-Eazy and John Mayer in summer 2017. The Stoney artist — who has “been drinking Bud Light since forever” — will use his Dive Bar Tour performance ( with the location to be announced at a later date) as a warm-up for his forthcoming North American Tour, which is set to kick-off April 26 in Portland. 21 Savage and SOB x RBE will serve as supporting acts for the 28-city trek.
Billboard spoke to Malone about being tapped as the latest Bud Light Dive Bar Tour artist, the genius of Ty Dolla $ign, his progression as a performer, adjusting to superstardom and his evolution as an artist. Check out our interview below.
G-Eazy was the last artist to be featured as Bud Light’s Dive Bar Tour artist. What do you plan to bring to the table performance-wise for those who never watched you live before?
You know, it’s just super cool that I’ve been drinking Bud Light since forever, and now we’re doing this Dive Bar thing, so I’m pumped. I don’t know. I just kinda wanna do something I usually don’t do often with a couple little twists and turns and a couple surprises here and there and make some trouble and have a good time, ya know?
You’ll be performing in Nashville, are there any special memories you have either performing or just hanging out in the city?
You know, Nashville is super cool. Every time I’ve been there, it’s been a super cool vibe. I got a nice guitar done at Norman’s Rare Guitars. Is the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville? I think that’s Nashville. And Manuel makes a lot of great suits. So I gotta get a suit done by him, and he’s done a lot of country legends and a lot of cool crazy stuff. You know, there’s just a lot of history there and there’s a lot of great music, and everyone’s having a great time and that’s kinda what i’m about. Nashville rocks.
How would you compare yourself from your early days as a performer to now?
I probably sucked a year ago. Well, I probably still suck now, but I don’t know. I kinda just wanna give my fans — I just want my fans to leave saying, “Wow that Post Malone concert was very dank.”
I remember when we last spoke, the week before us talking, you broke your guitar performing “Rockstar.”
The first [tour] was kinda tough, but now I realize there’s a technique to this, so yeah I think i’m gonna start wearing safety goggles and gloves and just make sure like no vital organs or eyes are damaged during the performance.
During that same time, “Rockstar” was sitting at No. 2 right behind Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” on the Hot 100. Since then, that record went No. 1 and “Psycho” debuted at No. 2. Talk about your rapid success in the past six months.
I don’t know, man, I don’t know. I’m just trying to make the best music that I can. I’m just trying to one day at a time put everything together that makes sense and that’s fresh and different but won’t alienate anybody. I think “Psycho” is just, the 10th platinum song, right? I have trouble remembering things. I have a bad brain. I just think it’s super cool that people are listening to the music and understanding where I’m coming from and the vision I have for the long span of things. You know, I’m just excited to put out more music and keep rocking.
Which accomplishment are you most proud of thus far in your career?
I don’t know. I’m not too worried about anything validating, but, you know, I just want to keep moving forward in a positive way and I’m just trying to make the music I love and my fans like to listen to and keep doing shows and just moving forward, ya know?
Has your recent success with “Rockstar” and “Psycho” made you change your original creative direction you had with Beerbongs & Bentleys, or have you stayed the course?
No, I think since the beginning of it, we’ve kinda had a set vision of what we wanted to do and what we wanted it to sound like, and I think “Rockstar” and “Psycho” are just a piece of the puzzle. I don’t think anything has really changed since those songs came out or the success of the songs. I think whenever the whole thing comes out, I think people are gonna really like it, and I think it’s just gonna be another piece of work that my fans will love and people will enjoy.
With all of these accolades, does the title of “superstar” sit well with you, or are you still adjusting and learning to accept your newfound status?
Yeah, man, I mean, this is all super new to me. Like, I’ve been doing music professionally for like three years, and I’ve always been making music, but, I mean, actually making a living off of a dream come true for three years? It’s definitely been a ride, man. I like to think that I don’t want to change who I am because of any song going No. 1 or anything like that.
I just wanna be the same dude that I was, and I know in this industry it’s tough, ’cause there’s a lot of things that can happen that can change you and make you feel a certain type of way, but to me, it’s all about the fans. People ask me, “Hey, does taking pictures ever get annoying?” and no, ’cause I know how it feels whenever someone I look up to says no to me, and I just wanna be there for my fans and keep being who I am. I guess that’s the most important part to me is just being myself.
Compare your creativity and skill set from when you were crafting Aug. 26 to now: What impresses you the most about your growth?
You know, I think Aug. 26 was kinda … you know, those were all songs I made before “White Iverson,” so I think figuring out what I wanna make and how I wanna make it and figuring out the way I want it to sound, I think that was an important step for me getting through all the songs on Aug. 26. And I like the songs, but I guess moving forward in a direction that is uniquely mine and figuring out who I am as an artist and I think that whole era was a great transition from me making my own mixtape and my own beats and recording it all on a free recording software to, you know, being able to work in a nice studio and actually make good quality music and everything. I think Aug. 26 was kind of my step into truly like, “Hey, this is actually happening, here’s a project, and hopefully many more to come.”
What did Ty Dolla $ign add to “Psycho” that made the record complete for you?
Ty is such a talented person, and the thing is, he doesn’t show it off much, but this dude can shred piano and tickle the ivories, shred the guitar, slap the bass, and he has the voice of an angel. I mean, what an artist overall, just an incredible musician, an incredible writer, an incredible singer, and I’ve been wanting to do something with him for a long time, so I’m glad it finally came together in such a beautiful way.
21 Savage and SOB X RBE are joining you for your forthcoming tour. What do these acts bring to the table that will make your tour an unforgettable one?
J?ust super super dope artists that bring such an energy. Like 21 has such an energy, SOB has such an energy, and they just kick ass. They’re great, and I wanted the tour to be an experience for everybody there watching. Everybody there won’t forget this show for the rest of their lives. They’ll tell their grandkids about it, and it’s just something I really wanted to do and I think it’s just gonna be an incredible tour with an incredible album with an incredible summer tour, and I just wanna rock and roll, drink some Bud Light and turn it up.
Post Malone’s performance will be streamed Live on Twitter and Facebook on April 4. People can go to BudLight.com or follow them on social @BudLight for more information.