Post Malone is a bit of a musical conundrum. For hip hop purists, it is hard not to see a rough looking white guy with face tattoos and greasy hair, without wanting to yell out cultural appropriation. For classic rock purists it’s hard not to see a rough- looking guy with face tattoo singing catchy bastardized pop-rock songs. And for every pretentious group in between, chances are, you just don’t like him.
But, unapologetically, Post Malone is talented. Like really, really, annoyingly talented. If his second studio album Hollywood’s Bleeding doesn’t do it for you, over the years the singer-rapper; the all around musical renaissance man has also done a number of covers to famous songs that even the most stubborn of Malone questioners have to say, “Okay I get it,” after listening.
Here are five Post Malone covers for non-believers.
Malone first covered Mark Morrison’s ’90s hit “Return of the Mack” at Seth Rogan’s Hilarity for Charity special. Since then he has performed it at least two more times as a part of his live show in Adelaide and Melbourne. It’s a great cover, plus he’s on record for saying he believes it’s the best song ever made. Even the strongest of haters can’t hear his version without snapping their fingers and doing a two-step.
Before Post Malone, had three No. 1 singles and a No. 1 album, he was just a kid from Dallas, Texas who sang folk songs, still using his real name on stage. While some of his folk influences can be heard in his new single “Circles,” you really see the early effects the genre has on his music as he covers Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” all the way back in 2013 still under the stage name Austin Richard. How could anyone hate on little Posty singing Bob Dylan on his guitar?
If ’90s grunge makes a comeback, Post Malone would probably fit right in. Don’t believe it? Watch him do his best Kurt Cobain impression as he covers “Nirvana’s All Apologies.” The switch into the genre is so seamless you think he grew up in a mosh pit.
Earlier this summer at Leeds Festival, Malone once again showcased his folk influences. Getting on the guitar again, he teamed up with Twenty One Pilots to do a rendition of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” on the closing day of the festival. Paying tribute to Oasis in England is what wrestling fans would call a cheap pop, but it works for us.
If you still don’t believe Post Malone can do it all, here’s one more cover for good measure. During his performance at the 61st Grammys, Malone stole the show, as he joined the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for “Dark Necessities.”