Post Malone's music has generated billions of streams, in less than a calendar year he's become a commercial powerhouse, and earlier this month, he was the literally the most popular rap artist on the planet according to Kwob, a site that collects and analyzes data from Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes.
Despite all of his success—which includes his new 21 Savage-assisted single "rockstar" setting an Apple Music record for most streams in one week—Malone remains humble, a quality he displayed throughout a newly-published interview with Billboard.
"I'm so thankful that people still like me," Malone told writer Carl Lamarre.
When asked why he's worried about people liking him, especially considering all of the success he's seen over the past 10 months, with his debut Stoney and hit singles "White Iverson" and "Congratulations" with Quavo, Malone told Lamarre, "I guess as an artist, it's never really enough. You always wanna strive to get bigger and better and push the limits of what you can actually do. I guess I just want to keep on growing and one day be the biggest artist in the world, and just do my best to put out the best music that I can."
In an industry where you're only as big as your latest hit, it appears the 22-year-old Syracuse, New York native—who was once headed straight into one-hit wonder territory—has a firm grasp on what it will take to not only remain relevant but also to thrive.
Malone's desire to be well-liked can be seen outside of interviews, too. Earlier this week, the Republic Records signee gave everyone a crash course on how to speak to someone on social media who is critical of your work.
There is currently no set release date for his new album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, but Malone has expressed a desire to have it out before 2018.