Post Malone proves time and time again that he's a versatile musician.
After “Congratulations,” many wondered if Post Malone would be able to top the Quavo assisted single, but the Syracuse singer had no time for the doubters. His latest single, “Rockstar” with 21 Savage, currently sits at the coveted number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. Post’s previous commercial peak was the aforementioned “Congratulations,” which climbed a respectable height to the eighth slot. Now, with his biggest single yet in heavy rotation and his anticipated Beerbongs & Bentleys album waiting in the wings, Post Malone has never been more present in the game.
And while Post’s own music has tended to operate within the hip-hop sonic landscape, the young artist has made no secret of some of his outside influences. It’s not rare to find Post with a guitar in his hand, performing an acoustic rendition of one of his favorite songs at a concert or on a livestream with fans. And while some might joke that Post was always destined to leave hip-hop behind and experiment with something a little more rock-adjacent, the simple fact is that it wouldn’t be a difficult transition for him. As you’ll see in some of the following videos, Post is more than capable of holding it down vocally. Not to mention, dude has some pretty nice fingerpicking technique, and may very well be able to claim the title of hip-hop’s best guitarist (that’s a battle I’d love to see).
There’s no denying that hip-hop and rock have crossed paths on occasion, but Post is clearly a scholar on the latter’s history. And with covers of Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, and more, the “Rockstar” singer has certainly lived up to his single’s titular label. Be sure to check out Post’s finest acoustic covers, assembled below for your viewing pleasure.
Bob Dylan - Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
Before Post’s career really took off, the young singer delivered an intimate performance of the legendary Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right.” Perhaps known as Post’s most polished cover, the clip showcases an impressive vocal range and some nice guitar skills. Plus, that American shirt though.
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Before Post Malone was, well, Post Malone, he was a dude chilling with his homies. In this case, said homies were a couple of Minecraft streamers. A youthful Post came through for a streaming session, and the group proceeded to deliver a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic.
Nirvana - All Apologies
Whether you or not you like Rock music is one thing, but ya’ll best put some respect on Kurt Cobain’s name. Post turned in an unplugged cover of Nirvana’s classic “All Apologies,” showing off a grittier side of his voice, and leaving some fans clamoring for him to continue exploring this creative direction. Thoughts?
Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
During a livestream, Post treated some fans to a rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive.” Whether or not Bon Jovi is “country” as the video suggests is certainly up for debate, but regardless, Post once again shows a love for some of rock music’s biggest names.
Green Day - Basket Case
At one of his more recent concerts, Post busted out the acoustic and delivered a short rendition of Green Day’s hit “Basket Case.” The video was shared by Green Day’s frontman Bille Joe Armstrong, and several of the band’s audience ended up showing Posty some love.
Kanye West - Heartless
Post paid homage to one of hip-hop’s legends, Kanye West, with a cover of the 808s & Heartbreak single “Heartless.” The BBC 1xtra session finds Post delivering a stripped down arrangement of Kanye’s track, emphasizing the unique melody and heartfelt lyrics. It’s clearly an emotional performance for Post, and one thinks that Kanye would respect the vibe.