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Post Malone: ‘There’s a Struggle Being a White Rapper’

Post Malone is still riding high on the Hot 100, but the “rockstar” has also found himself in the midst of controversy over a recent interview and social media post.

Recently, “White Iverson” spoke with GQ about why he feels like he is enduring a “struggle” as a white rapper. “I definitely feel like there’s a struggle being a white rapper,” he said. “But I don’t want to be a rapper. I just want to be a person that makes music. I make music that I like and I think that kicks ass, that I think the people who fuck with me as a person and as an artist will like.” He echoed the sentiment throughout the interview, adding: “It should just be music, you know?”

The comments received a flurry of backlash from fans. One Twitter user wrote: “Stop making rap music if it’s so hard for you.” Another added: “Go make non-hip hop, rap, R&B music and watch your career crash. No one is stopping him. Hip Hop isn’t holding Post Malone back from making ‘real’ music. He’s just wack.”

This isn’t the first time Malone has been criticized for comments about hip-hop. In November, he claimed that fans “looking for lyrics” or “looking to cry” or “looking to think about life,” should look beyond rap. “It’s crazy that after all this time im still being questioned,” he wrote in response to critiques. “Suck my fucking dick i don’t have to explain shit. i do this shit because i love to do this shit.”

But Malone found himself in more controversy this week after posting a video of himself riding around Las Vegas in a heavily armored military-style Humvee, complete with what appeared to be a fully automatic weapon. He was criticized for the post in the wake of the deadliest shooting in modern American history, which took place in Las Vegas in October. The Blast reports that it could have belonged to a local shooting range called Battlefield Las Vegas.

Taking to Twitter, Malone apologized for the incident. “honestly, never meant to offend anybody,” he wrote. “i apologize if i did. had no bad intentions. got offered a ride in the humvee and took it.”

Malone is now prepping the release of his oft-delayed sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, and is planning to release a new single featuring Motley Crüe’s Tommy Lee.