Last week a song by the name of "White Iverson" made its rounds on the Internet. It's a spacey and melodic number and it deservedly captured the attention of many. Naturally, it got the attention of Twitter, but more importantly it also impressed Complex and XXL. You know how this thing goes: One blog posts the song, then another, and another and another until the world is covered in ash.
This sort of thing happens all the time on the Internet, but this time it's of particular interest to Dallas music fans. You see, "White Iverson" is the work of a white rapper from Grapevine named Post Malone.
Not much info is out right now in regards to Post Malone except for the fact that he currently lives in Los Angeles, which is probably how he got production from the Atlanta duo FKi. (Networking, folks. It's real.) He apparently used to run around with The Iras kids when Dallas was his stomping grounds.
We'll say this much about "White Iverson:" The song itself is the best rap song released this year that wasn't made by Kendrick Lamar. It's got the heavy aspirational idealism we find so often in rap. The guy wants to be a white Allen Iverson, the NBA player with ridiculous amounts of swagger. However, the song is way cleverer than it seems, which is already pretty clever. (Don't miss the "Mailman" reference in Post Malone's own name, either.) The references to the player known as the Answer are knowledgeable and funny beyond a "practice" reference.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the Observer's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Dallas's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
At one point Post Malone says, "I need that money like the ring I never won," because although Iverson will probably be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, he never won a championship. There's also this brilliant line from the hook: "Spendin', I'm spendin' all my fuckin' pay." This is a reference to the fact that Iverson is "broke" and has the financial literacy of an orphan child during the Great Depression.
As far as when he'll be coming back to Dallas, perhaps he'll be here for a diy Key! show at the end of the month. Regardless, with Justin Mohrle and Post Malone blowing up and with much more in store for the rest of this young year, it looks like a good year for Dallas hip-hop.
DC9 AT NIGHT'S GREATEST HITS
50 Signs You've Been Partying Too Long in Denton Florida Georgia Line Danced on the Grave of Country at Gexa on Saturday What Your Favorite North Texas Band Says About You Does Dallas Want Its Own Austin City Limits? The Best Places in Dallas to Go When You're Stoned