If you didn’t grow up with the Internet, random name generators may be foreign to you. But for rapper Post Malone, who spent his youth online, it was exactly that which inspired him when creating his rap persona. In a 2018 interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the “White Iverson” rapper explained how he used his birth-given name, Austin Richard Post, to influence his rap name.
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“I was like 14, and I had started getting into producing, rapping, and singing over my own stuff … I needed a name, ya know, for my s***** mixtape,” he joked. “I ran [my name] through a random rap name generator … and now I’m stuck with it.” And thus, Austin Post would forever be enshrined as Post Malone! The duo would go on to vibe to Malone’s then-unreleased “Sunflower” (which would ultimately hit over 2 billion plays on Spotify!).
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Besides, what rapper has ever used the name of their birth certificate for their pen name? Fellow “Spiderverse” member Childish Gambino famously put his name, Donald Glover, into a Wu-Tang Clan-inspired name generator in order to get his child-like nickname.