Is Post Malone from Texas? Maybe it’s his looks, maybe it’s the fact that he’s often seen wearing a cowboy hat—regardless of the reason, many people have been wondering if the famous singer and rapper is from Texas.
No, Post Malone wasn’t born in Texas, but he did move to Texas at a young age. Post Malone has been known to rep the Lone Star state and even though he didn’t move to Texas until he was ten years old, he’s one of the state’s proudest Texans.
Post Malone isn’t from Texas, and actually doesn’t even live there currently, but the actor/singer/songwriter/rapper has a deep love for America’s largest state. Let’s take a look at Post Malone’s history and how the state inspired his career and helped him rise to be Bigger’n Dallas.
Post Malone’s Introduction to the Lonestar State
Post Malone was actually born Austin Richard Post and he was born in Syracuse, New York. Post’s father, Rich Post, was a disc jockey and played a big role in exposing his son to a variety of music styles, including rock, country, and hip-hop.
When Post was 9, his family made the decision to move to Grapevine, Texas so that his father could accept a job as a concessions manager for the Dallas Cowboys. After the move, Post began to play the guitar, learning from the popular video game, Guitar Hero.
He auditioned for his first band in 2010 but, as fate would have it, Post’s guitar strings broke during the audition and so he wasn’t offered the spot in the band.
His eclectic music journey continued and a few years later (2017) he had a DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles. During the set, he covered My Chemical Romance songs, which was the style of music he was most into at the time.
Following that, Post got his first taste of professional music when he joined a heavy metal band. He started transitioning to softer rock before eventually getting more into hip-hop.
After he had sampled several different flavors of music, Post settled on hip-hop long enough to create his first mixtape. At just 16, Post used the program Audacity to produce Young and After Them Riches. He shared it with his classmates at Grapevine High School and was, very appropriately, voted in his senior class as the “Most Likely to Become Famous.”
A Proud Texan
Ironically, this is the point in Post’s life in which he left his favorite state. He had a very short stint at Tarrant County College (in Texas), but after just a few months he moved to LA to live with one of his best friends, a professional video game streamer.
The rest of Post Malone’s music story is history. Shortly after moving to LA, he seemed to meet the right people (Kanye West, Justin Bieber, etc.) and quickly rose to the top of the charts.
Certainly influenced by his diverse exposure to music and his varied upbringing, Post’s music can be considered like a versatile melting pot—where grunge, hip-hop, country, and R&B can all be heard.
The country aspects of his music are most likely related to Post’s strong love for the city of Dallas. Grapevine is just outside of Dallas, just under a 30-minute drive. As his father spent a lot of time in the city, Post himself probably spent a lot of his youth and teen years in Dallas, too. The singer is often found wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys and he even has a tattoo of President John F. Kennedy (who was assassinated in Dallas).
Not only has his Texan upbringing influenced his music, but many people also consider that that’s why he remains so humble, even after experiencing so much success as an artist. After quickly tasting success and becoming the number one rap artist on Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes, Post remained humble and expressed his thanks for people liking him.