Post Malone Fires Back at Critics Who Say He’s Not “Hip-Hop”

Post Malone was known for having one of the biggest songs to buzz in 2015, but the White Iverson did not make the cut for the XXL Freshman Cover this year, and he had a few words to say about that.

In a battle with XXL and XXL’s Editor-In-Chief, Vanessa Satten, Post Malone is taking to the internet to get his say against the criticisms he had been receiving and to question why the publication did not place him on the notorious “Freshman” cover.

Satten had been brought onto the Breakfast Club to explain why she made the choices that she did and why Post was not a part of that. To all of this she responded, “we were told by his camp that he wasn’t paying attention to hip-hop so much,” and that “he was going in more of a rock/pop/country direction.”


Post, furious at this supposed false claim, denied these assumptions via an Instagram post.”I never have once said that,” he wrote. “I have a hip hop album coming out in August. I made a HIP HOP mixtape promoting my HIP HOP album,” Post said, referencing his recently released August 26th mixtape.

He continues to explain that the reason he didn’t attend the recent event with XXL in New York was because he was exhausted the Justing Bieber Purpose World Tour that he has been opening for the past few months and didn’t want to take the 6 hour flight out to New York. Angered by the whole dilemma, that claimed he was not a man of his music and that sprung out of one mistake, he asserted that:

Everyone has the right to do whatever they want to fucking do. I want to continue making hip hop. I want to continue writing songs on my guitar. I want to continue to work with talented artists across any genre, and continue doing the shit that I love…If you don’t like me, politely fuck off. I love my friends/fans who rock with me for the goddamn art of art.

Post is a unique character who brings a different perspective to hip-hop music. He somehow mixes the sounds and tunes of blues, funk, and hip-hop, and he is only right in his stance when he says that “I shouldn’t be chastised for expressing myself in whichever way I see fit.” You can read Post’s full message in its original form below:

A photo posted by Post (@postmalone) on Jun 15, 2016 at 11:21pm PDT


Shortly after, Satten, responded to Post with her own Instagam post made out directly to Post Malone, essentially restating that ehr reasoning came from the facts she was given by his team. She wrote, “I hear you and respect your message but we can only go off information we are given,” she wrote. “Your publicity team told us you were moving away from hip-hop and didn’t want to be boxed into being a hip-hop artist because you were working on other genres of music such as rock, pop and country so you didn’t want to meet with us.” Whether this is actually true, nobody really knwos, but Post clearly rejects this and Satten only leaves the situation with a cold-shouldered, mic dropping statement, “I wish you all the best of luck with your hip-hop album.” You can find Satten’s entire response back below:

Dear @postmalone

A photo posted by Vanessa Satten (@vsatten) on Jun 16, 2016 at 9:23am PDT

The Austin singer seemed to have lost this case, unfortunately, but then again, maybe the artist should have just sucked up the 6-hour flight, drank a large Dunkin Donuts, and hiked his way down to XXL where none of this would have happened.


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