It's no secret that Post Malone used to experiment with a number of other genres before eventually settling with a blend of pop and hip-hop, but a lot of his earliest output has since been scrubbed from the internet. But for those curious about Post's roots, fans have unearthed his pre-fame SoundCloud account, which features a number of acoustic, emo-tinged songs.
All of the songs on the SoundCloud—posted under his real name Austin Richard—were uploaded in 2011, predating his breakthough single "White Iverson" by almost four years. Needless to say, they don't sound much like the Post Malone we know today.
There's a sense of his distinctive vocal delivery hidden in a few of the songs, but what makes the discovery the most interesting is seeing the direction he could have gone in. Post was only around 16 years old when the songs were uploaded, and it shows at times with his shakier delivery. It's a humble reminder of just how far he's come, especially as the discovery of the page comes on the tail of his Swae Lee collaboration "Sunflower" reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Listen to the tracks from the page, including a cover of "Silent Night," below.
It's safe to say that Stoney and Beerbongs & Bentleys was an improvement.