Post Malone explained how he came up with his rap name — and you may be surprised at how easy it was

Tabatha Fireman/Getty ImagesPost Malone released his second studio album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ in April.
  • Post Malone is the stage name for the rapper Austin Richard Post.
  • He recently revealed on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” that he got the name Post Malone from a random rap name generator online.
  • Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, used a similar method.

Post Malone is just one of many celebrities with a stage name – but he put less thought into his new moniker than you may think.

The rapper, born Austin Richard Post, recently appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and revealed how he landed on the name Post Malone at the beginning of his career.

“I was like 14, and I had started getting into producing and rapping and singing over my own stuff. And I needed a name, you know, for my s—- mixtape,” he told Jimmy Fallon. “So I ran [my real name] through a random rap name generator… now I’m stuck with it.”

In fact, Post Malone isn’t the only rapper who relied on that randomised method. Donald Glover famously found his rapper name, Childish Gambino, using a Wu-Tang name generator.

“We were all hanging out, chilling and drinking and then we were like, ‘Oh, Wu-Tang name generator, let’s put our name in,'” he revealed on “The Tonight Show” back in 2011. “And we’re putting them all in, and they’re all funny and stuff, and then mine came up and I was like, ‘you guys, it’s not funny anymore. This is something big.’ I just really liked it.”


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