PICS: Post Malone, 21 Savage at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Two of hip-hop's biggest "rockstars" hit SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Thursday, June 21: Post Malone and 21 Savage.

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Post Malone, born Austin Richard Post, was born on July 4, 1995, in Syracuse, New York.
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According an interview with Malone, his first foray into professional music began when he joined a heavy metal band. At 16, he switched to hip-hop and began making beats in the music program FL Studio.
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Fun fact: In high school, he was voted "Most Likely to Become Famous" as a senior. Boy, were they right.
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According to Post, he chose "Post Malone" as his stage name when he was 14 or 15. The name was rumored to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone, but the rapper later explained that while "Post" is his last name, he used a "rap name generator" to get "Malone." Who knew?
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Malone was signed by Republic Records in 2015 shortly after releasing debut single, "White Iverson," which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its music video currently has over 582 million views.
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He released his debut album, "Stoney," on Dec. 9, 2016. It featured the top-10 hit "Congratulations."
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Malone was a big headliner at the 2018 Coachella Valley Art & Music Festival. He's also scheduled to perform at this year's Kaaboo Del Mar festival on Sept. 14-16.
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His latest studio album, "Beerbongs and Bentleys," was released on April 27 -- and promptly became one of the biggest music drops of the year.
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The album features Swae Lee, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla Sign, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy and YG. It has spawned five (!!!) singles thus far: "Rockstar," "Candy Paint," "Psycho," "Ball for Me," and "Better Now."
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Upon its release, "Beerbongs and Bentleys" debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified double platinum already by the RIAA.
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On the day of its release, the new album broke streaming records on Spotify by being streamed 47.9 million times, and more than 78 million streams globally -- all within 24 hours.
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On May 12, 2018, the album broke the record for the most simultaneous top 20 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with nine songs in the top 20 of the Hot 100, shattering the previous record of six, which was shared by the Beatles and J. Cole.
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Malone also broke the record for the most simultaneous top 40 Hot 100 hits: 14. That's insanity.
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As mentioned earlier, 21 Savage opened the June 21 show.
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The rapper was born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph on Oct. 22, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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He began to receive national attention after releasing his debut mixtape, "The Slaughter Tape," in 2015, followed by a collaborative EP with Sonny Digital titled "Free Guwop." The EP was a tribute to fellow rapper and huge influence, Gucci Mane.
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Six months later, Savage would release his second mixtape, "Slaughter King."
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In June of 2016, 21 Savage was named as one of the "Freshman Class of 2016" by XXL Magazine -- a big boost and honor.
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The next month found him releasing a joint EP titled "Savage Mode" with record producer Metro Boomin. It peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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His single "X" featuring Future was confirmed as platinum by the RIAA -- the first for Savage.
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In 2017, he released his debut studio album "Issa Album," which went to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Its lead single, "Bank Account," charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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His collaboration with Post Malone, "Rockstar," peaked at No. 1 and broke several records
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On Oct. 31, 2017, 21 Savage and Migos' Offset released an album titled "Without Warning," which was released by Metro Boomin. It also features guest appearances from Travis Scott and Quavo, another member of Migos.
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