'I worked really hard on it and I think you guys are gonna like it very, very, very much.'
“How are you?” Post Maloneasked the crowd at NYC’s Cutting Room on Monday night (Aug. 5). After receiving a reponse of “really good,” he seemed surprised. “Really?” Then, after a second of thinking in silence, he grinned, looking content as ever: “Me too.”
That pure, positive energy was emitted by the Texas-raised rapper all night on his Bud Light Dive Bar Tour stop. Before the show took place, staff members walked around with buckets of beer and encouraged guests to drink up. The intimate venue truly felt like an on-brand dive spot, splattered in the Bud Light logo and blue lights.
When Malone hit the stage, backed by Sublime with Rome, he was rocking a bedazzled bomber jacket and a bejeweled western-style belt. Despite the flashy outfit, he introduced himself as Austin Richard Post (his real name) and sweetly called out his mom, who was also in the crowd.
Malone's set -- which was about an hour and a half long -- was filled with an overwhelming amount of bops that got the Bud Light-buzzed crowd flying off the ground. He kicked off the show with “Zack and Codeine” from 2018’s Beerbongs & Bentleys before pleasing fans with hits like "Wow.," “Rockstar,” “Psycho,” “Over Now” (which resulted in lots of headbanging), “Better Now,” “Goodbyes,” “Sunflower,” “Stay,” and “White Iverson” (which he confessed is the best song he ever wrote), before wrapping the show up with “Congratulations.” It was hot and everyone was sweating, but because all of the songs had the perfect amount of hard-hitting emotion and groove, it was more than a little cathartic.
A big highlight of the night was when Malone exclusively debuted his new song “Circles,” which he confirmed will be released next week. “I get to perform for the first fucking time, a song off the new album,” he announced. “It’s a little fucking different, it’s got a fucking fat groove, and I can’t wait for y’all to hear it!” And he wasn’t lying -- the song, backed by sunny acoustic guitars, swirling percussion and infectious melodies, did indeed have a fat groove.
Along with the single debut, Malone also shared an important update about his forthcoming album: “My third album will be coming out in September. I worked really fucking hard on it and I think you guys are gonna like it very, very, very much.”
The “Goodbyes” singer also brought out Fat Joe, who played his show-stopping hits “All the Way Up,” “Lean Back,” and “Make It Rain.” And of course, because he was backed by Sublime with Rome, they gave fans an excellent performance of “Santeria.”
“It feels so good to just come out and sing songs for you. My life has been so stressful lately, but it’s so good to be in this environment,” Malone said at the end of the show, clearly in his divey, guitar-filled element. “There’s no hating, no bullshit -- just love. From the bottom of my fucking heart, we love you more than you could possibly know,” he continued.
Then, in classic Posty fashion, he ended the set by saying, “Let’s get fucked up,” and exited the same way he came in -- by walking through the crowd and happily greeting fans on the way out.
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