Post Malone is enjoying a mammoth 2017, as “Rockstar” has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the past five weeks and nobody in hip-hop outside of maybe Cardi B has seen their stardom grow more in a twelve-month period.
Posty was profiled in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, where they caught up with the 22-year-old enjoying down time at his Los Angeles home recently, to discuss his views on gun control, Justin Bieber, moving to Utah and much more.
The Texas transplant takes full advantage of his second-amendment rights, owning an assortment of guns comparable to something you’d find at a U.S. Army base. “I love shooting,” Malone says. “The feeling is pure inebriation. It’s like hitting a punching bag to let off steam.” When asked why he owns so many weapons, Post responded, “They’re fun, they’re practical, and bad shit happens. If you hurt me, I’m gonna hurt you back. Just being in the public eye. I have a lot of valuable shit. I have a lot of friends I wanna protect.”
Malone is worried about the direction the world is going in claiming, “The world is going to shit. They’re taking away a lot of our rights. We have a shitty thing going on in the White House – I don’t like Trump. But I don’t think it’s just him. Something’s coming.”
Posty embraces his influences, ranging from his peers like A$AP Ferg to Father John Misty and Bob Dylan. Even though he was voted “Most Likely To Be Famous” in high-school, the Syracuse native “had to make it [music] work.” The Guitar Hero-inspired artist has developed a friendship through music with Justin Bieber, whom he opened for on tour, calling him “a fucking awesome, great dude. He’s gotten super-religious recently. Real culty.”
Malone continued. “He’s already given them, like, $10 million. Those are the worst kinds of people. I used to be super-religious. I believed in God. But now I see through it. It’s nice to support something you believe in, I guess, but people are spending so much money, and God doesn’t care that your church has a fucking gold roof.”
The Stoney artist addressed his feud with Charlamagne Tha God stemming from a 2015 interview as well, “He’s not a good person. He hates me because I’m white and I’m different. But we’re still rocking and we’re still successful, and he can’t stop it.” Continuing with race, the “White Iverson” rapper says, “It’s all about pushing for equality — in both directions. Especially with the power of music, we can push past the world’s flaws and make it a more beautiful place.”
Malone is preparing his move to northern Utah into a 13,000 square foot house with his girlfriend Ashlen very soon, as he puts the finishing touches on his second studio album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. The daring artist plans to “push the genre” with assists from Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign and John Mayer.
Read the feature in full over at Rolling Stone.