Post Malone, the former Grapevine High School Student turned star rapper, has had the No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks with “Rockstar,” his single featuring 21 Savage.
At one point in October, the rapper — who was Austin Post in his Grapevine days — was the most-streamed artist in the world, an honor that is always kinda in flux but is still pretty impressive.
This week, he sounded, for a moment anyway, like he was telling people to avoid hip-hop. Which doesn’t sound like something you’d hear from a guy who’s had massive success with hip-hop, and a lot of his Twitter followers called him on it.
But did he really say that? In a way, yes — if you remove a lot of context.
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During a 12-minute video interview with Polish media outlet NewOnce, Post Malone praises the production techniques of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, says he loves working with rappers from the Atlanta scene, and talks about a range of his influences, from Elvis Presley to the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott of Arlington-based metal group Pantera.
About seven minutes in, Post Malone says this: “”If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop.
“There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real [stuff], but right now, there’s not a lot of people talking about real [stuff]. Whenever I want to cry, whenever I want to sit down and have a nice cry, I’ll listen to some Bob Dylan.”
That’s the part that got picked up by sites like The Fader and got people going on Twitter. Not all of them were on the attack; many took in the full context of what he was saying and defended him. We’d embed the tweets, but the language doesn’t fit the Star-Telegram’s family friendly standards, and we can’t go into the tweets and put in bracketed, safer-sounding words, like we did in the above quote. But this thread gives you a good idea of the back-and-forth.
Later, he said it was the beer talking.
TMZ then reported that Post Malone said he’d been drinking a ton of beer when he made the remarks. “It was a beer-tasting interview, so they put a lot of beer in my face,” he says in a video that he posted on social media.
The NewOnce video provides plenty of evidence to back him up.
Got 12 minutes? Judge for yourself. Warning: Much unbracketed, uncensored strong language.
And watch Post Malone’s response, where he tries to clarify things, via his Twitter feed. Do we have to warn you again about the strong language?