Post Malone: ‘I Still Only Have 1 Good Song’

Post Malone is the latest artist to be interviewed by Nardwuar. It took place in Toronto, Canada, where the pair talked about Post’s love for Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and much more.

 

At the 11:55 mark, Post talks about his early days in his career, and specifically performing to crowds with only a few songs to his name. In 2015, Post’s buzz grew off SoundCloud hits such as “White Iverson,” “Too Young,” “Tear$,” and “What’s Up.” But according to him, his one good song (even to this day) is “White Iverson.”

Nardwuar: Have you ever done “White Iverson” twice?

Post Malone: I sure have. I used to get a lot of shit for it. [Laughs] You gotta understand I had like three songs out. I only had one good song. I still only have one good song, but I had to do it first and I had to do it last ‘cause no one knew who the hell I was.

It is funny Post says this about his own body of work. Since “White Iverson,” he’s had multiple platinum-selling singles: “Déjà vu” with Justin Bieber, “Congratulations” with Quavo, and his new single “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage that spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His debut album, Stoney, is certified double platinum while fans are anticipating the release of Beerbongs & Bentleys slated for sometime next year.

But you’re your own worst critic, so maybe he has a point. You can watch the full interview above.

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Post Malone Says Justin Bieber Has Given His ‘Culty’ Church $10 Million

Post Malone’s recent feature in Rolling Stone was very revealing. We learned about his love for the Olive Garden, his extensive—and wildly expensive—loafer collection, and his “super religious” past.

In addition, we learned Malone's feelings about another super-religious person, his “genuine friend” Justin Bieber. The “Rockstar” rapper said that Bieber is “a fucking awesome, great dude,” but is concerned about the pop star’s relationship with the controversial Hillsong Church. 

“It's a total cult,” Malone said. “He's already given them, like, $10 million.” (A “source close to Bieber” denied that figure to RS.

On top of everything else, we found out that Malone is a gun-obsessed conspiracy theorist who might be preparing for the apocalypse. The 22-year-old rapper discussed his arsenal of weapons after writer Jonah Weiner noticed a copy of Guns & Ammo on his counter.

“I love shooting. The feeling is pure…inebriation. It's like hitting a punching bag to let off steam,” he said before showing off his collection of firearms, including an M14, a .44 Desert Eagle hand cannon, an M1911 pistol, and a couple of Glocks. “[…] They're fun, they're practical, and bad shit happens. If you hurt me, I'm gonna hurt you back […] 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.”

His paranoia isn’t too surprising considering his interests in “alternative news” and “conspiracy shit.”

“There's crazy shit that goes on that we can't explain. Chemtrails and shit,” he said. “Like, they have a gun that gives you a heart attack, and they can't tell the difference.”

Malone also discussed his experience as a white rapper and the criticism he’s faced from the hip-hop community. He specifically addressed a 2015 incident in which Charlamagne tha God suggested he wasn't doing enough to help the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I wish I'd said, ‘What are you doing for Black Lives Matter?’ Some sassy shit to shut him up. Like, maybe my music's not the best, but I know I'm not a bad person, so you're just being a hater,” Malone said. “He's not a good person. He hates me because I'm white and I'm different.”

You can read the full interview at Rolling Stone’s website

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Scooter Braun is a visionary for the self-made, social media age. After catching the eye of Jermaine Dupri as the hottest young party promoter in Atlanta, Braun signed and diligently broke Asher Roth and Justin Bieber. He went on to manage a bevy of global pop stars to expand his company into other facets of entertainment and to weather some very public storms, all while gathering a following as big as some of his acts.

In our new episode of Blueprint with Complex's Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Braun shares the vision and journey that helped him become one of the most powerful players in entertainment, and he's still not done.

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How Chance the Rapper’s Manager, Pat Corcoran, Reimagined the Music Business | Blueprint

Pat “The Manager” Corcoran and Chance the Rapper, two self-taught kids from Chicago, set the bar for what independent artists can achieve, but it didn't come easy. In our new episode of Blueprint with Complex's Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Pat explains how the two met, the backlash around the release of Coloring Book, and the one thing that threatened their independence.

Chance and Pat's decision to roll with Apple Music for the release of Coloring Book was met with some criticism as people believed it changed their narrative of being independent. Pat disagrees with that stance, and also explains why they went with Apple. “We wanted to put the project in the hands of someone who was going to take the project seriously, who understood Chance, who would love the music and would be a champion for that music,” he says around the 32:50 mark. “We took all the meetings and the phone calls. We spoke with everyone: Tidal, SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music, even smaller streaming services like Audiomack. It was sort of like taking meetings as a high school all-star athlete and going to different colleges and seeing who's gonna care about us the most and who's going to help put us in the right position to win and succeed and have a great career in the majors. At the end of the day we went with the company that believed in Chance most… it wasn't about the money. It was about the people inside that building.”

Pat also details the pushback they received from Def Jam when securing features from Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and more for Coloring Book. “It took the wind out of my sails when the first thing I heard from the Def Jam CEO was, 'No way… not gonna happen. No way in fucking hell.'”

“Those were tough conversations to have, especially with being so close to the Kanye camp,” Pat adds.

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Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, and More Respond to ‘Horrific Act of Terror’ in Las Vegas

More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 during the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after the mass shooting. 

The shooting started around 10 p.m. PT Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed. Per Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who addressed the horrific incident in a press conference Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, aiming at the crowd watching Aldean. Those in attendance said the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, John Mayer, and more musicians across the industry have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences, as well as voice their frustrations with the lenient gun laws in America that allow this kind of thing to happen again and again.

 

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Floyd Mayweather Reportedly Called Justin Bieber a ‘Traitor’ Over Instagram Diss

Once upon a time, Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber were extremely close friends. Bieber walked Mayweather out to the ring before a handful of fights. He also came to Mayweather’s aid when he was involved in a car accident with his kids. And shortly after Mayweather retired from the sport of boxing following his 49th professional fight against Andre Berto, he was spotted vacationing with Bieber in Bora Bora.

 

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There is obviously a big age difference between the two—Mayweather is currently 40, while Bieber is 23—but it didn’t stop them from sharing a special bond. It sounds like that bond has been broken, though, and Mayweather is not happy about it.

In recent weeks, Mayweather has been asked whether or not Bieber would accompany him to the ring before his fight with Conor McGregor, and he has downplayed questions about it. It led to some speculation about his friendship with the singer. And that speculation increased last week after Bieber came out and said that Mayweather would not knock McGregor out during their fight, which prompted a response from Mayweather’s dad.

And according to a TMZ Sports report released early Monday morning, there is something to all of the speculation surrounding Mayweather and Bieber. The report indicates Bieber is no longer associated with Mayweather’s Money Team and that he and Mayweather are no longer on speaking terms. Sources who spoke with TMZ Sports revealed that Bieber has been receiving counseling from the Hillsong Church in recent months, and during counseling, he has apparently been asked to take a good hard look at who he has been hanging around with over the last few years.

Bieber wasn’t specifically asked to evaluate his relationship with Mayweather, but it seems Bieber went ahead and evaluated it on his own and found that it might not be the best relationship for him to be in. So he reportedly unfollowed Mayweather on Instagram as a way to”reset boundaries” between the two—and as you might expect, that didn’t go over well with Mayweather.

TMZ Sports is reporting that Mayweather went “nuclear” after hearing that Bieber unfollowed him. He also reportedly called Bieber a “traitor” and reminded him that he stuck by his side when he was having legal problems a few years ago. Mayweather is said to be “incensed” over how his relationship with Bieber has played itself out recently.

Mayweather is yet to respond to the TMZ Sports report, but with his fight with McGregor just a few days away, we’re sure he’ll be asked about his friendship with Bieber, or the lack thereof, in the coming days. We're also sure McGregor will find a way to use this against Mayweather in the buildup to their fight.

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Even though it’s been almost two years since Justin Bieber’s last official album, the radio waves have not lacked for new Bieber music. He’s on two song of the summer contenders this year alone. But, fire features notwithstanding, it’s been a minute since we got new solo music from JB.

That’s about to change this week though, as the megastar tweeted out what appears to be the cover art for a new track he plans to drop on Thursday. The song is titled “Friends,” and along with Justin, the artwork lists Bloodpop, which serves as a major indicator to how this new track might sound.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Blood appears several times on the liner notes for Purpose, with production credits on “Mark My Words,” “I”ll Show You,” and most importantly, “Sorry.” It stands to reason then, that “Friends” will be more in that vein: tropical, summery, with an EDM/dance twinge and radio catnip. AKA, Bieber doing what he does best.

The move comes just weeks after Bieber made news by abruptly canceling his tour, so it’s a little surprising to see him releasing new music when we all assumed he was going to fall back for a while. For Bloodpop’s part, since working with Bieber he’s logged significant placements on Lady Gaga’s most recent album, as well as Haim’s latest single “Want You Back.”  So far, the two are 3 for 3 on collabs, so it's basically a scientific guarantee that “Friends” will be fire as well. For more on what we expect from Justin's new song, watch the video above.

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