1. First things first: His birth name is Austin Post. He got the Malone part from a rap name generator. en.wikipedia.org It's not as irreverent as it sounds: Donald Glover got his stage name, Childish Gambino, from the Wu-Tang Name Generator. 2. He has the same birthday as America: July 4th. And he's currently 22 years old. instagram.com Sweet baby boy. 3. He was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, but his family moved to Grapevine, Texas when he was nine years old. Randy Shropshire He returned to Syracuse to attend to Syracuse University but dropped out to pursue music before graduating. 4. He was voted "Most Likely To Become Famous" as a senior at Grapevine High School. Twitter: @saradietschy I am hoping they will vote me "Most Likely To Eat A Burrito For Dinner Tonight" next. 5. He learned to play guitar after getting really into Guitar Hero. Randy Shropshire I heard that's how Jimi Hendrix first picked up the ax too (JK). 6. As a teenager he worked at a Chicken Express. Flickr: stevensnodgrass / Via Steve Snodgrass He saved up $800 from that job and blew it all on a pair of Versace loafers. 7. Before he became a rapper, Post was in a metal band. View this post on Facebook Facebook: video.php He also auditioned to be in Crown The Empire, but his guitar string snapped mid-performance and he wasn't asked back. 8. Post's first indie hit was "White Iverson," which he wrote two days before recording and posting to his SoundCloud. View this video on YouTube youtube.com Today, the corresponding music video has nearly half a billion views on YouTube. He signed with Republic Records soon after. 9. He performed at Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday party. instagram.com Life is so fucking weird. 10. "Congratulations" featuring Quavo was his first song to chart the Billboard Hot 100. View this video on YouTube youtube.com It peaked at #8. 11. "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage was his first #1 hit. View this video on YouTube youtube.com Which only happened a few months ago. 12. Post Malone credits Bob Dylan as one of his biggest musical inspirations. He even has a Dylan portrait tattoo. View this video on YouTube youtube.com He once called "Subterranean Homesick Blues" the first rap song, which is obviously a point of contention among music lovers. 13. He also has a portrait tat of President John F. Kennedy, who he admires for speaking out against "crazy corruption stuff" in American government. instagram.com On a related note, Post is also really into conspiracy theories. 14. Post supports the Second Ammendment and owns a "disconcerting" number of guns, according to Rolling Stone. instagram.com If Rolling Stone thinks its excessive, you know it's a lot. 15. He expressed support for Bernie Sanders during the election cycle but didn't vote. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images He also said he would consider performing at Donald Trump's inauguration if the money was right. 16. He opened for Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour. instagram.com And I was like baby, baby, baby oooh. 17. And his new album Beerbongs & Bentleys is out December 1, 2017. Twitter: @postmalone That's, like, today.