Post Malone by Jordan Ryan
When I found out that Post Malone would be going on an album release tour with a stacked lineup, I of course had to check it out. On the night of May 18, he finally made a pit stop in Raleigh.
The show began with PARIS, a Californian who proclaimed during his set that just four months ago he was homeless, and that “everyone can follow their dreams.” Next up was the rap trio SOB X RBE, who have had a good amount of success, especially after their track on the “Black Panther” album, “Paramedic,” that has been a fan favorite.
Finally, at 8:00 p.m., it was time for 21 Savage. Beginning with a eery intro (complete with fog and deep red lights), he eventually went from trap favorites to hit singles, including his crown jewel, “Bank Account.”
But, the real standout was Post. The sold out amphitheater had finally filled in completely, and the fans were ready. When the lights dimmed and the curtains dropped, I knew I was in for a treat. From the green/cyan lights, to the expertly designed stage props, I could tell this tour was Post’s passion project. Every single piece was so meticulously designed (right down to his in-ears, that were labeled with “Posty Co.”). He began with “Too Young,” from his OG album Stoney, but then transitioned into newer songs from Beerbongs and Bentleys, including “Better Now,” “Stay,” “Rockstar,” and “Psycho.” During his set, Post played acoustic songs, and some of his original hit singles. Ending the night with “Congratulations,” fans couldn’t help but notice his success. Just two years ago he played in the same city, but in a small club called The Ritz, and now he’s playing a sold out show in a amphitheater with a 18,500 capacity. It’s undeniably impressive.
If you are even remotely a fan of Post, this is not a tour you can miss.