Since breaking out with "White Iverson" in early 2015, Post Malone has shown plenty of willingness (and ability) to push his music outside the realm of hip-hop and explore the sounds of folk, pop, rock, and country. Video of him covering songs like Bob Dylan's “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and Nirvana's "Lithium" gave an early peek at his ability to follow through on those ambitions—and subsequent singles like the acoustic guitar-driven "Go Flex" solidified his intentions.
Now, as his debut studio album Stoney nears (slated for a December 9 release), Post takes his furthest leap outside of hip-hop yet with the country-tinged Rex Kudo-produced single "Leave."
Over a slow-burning backdrop of guitars, strings, claps, and stomps, he sings from the perspective of a lovesick wanderer driven mad by his devotion to a doomed relationship—creating what feels like the soundtrack to a reluctant lone wolf's life-reflecting walk through the desert in an old Western film. Listen via Spotify below.