Birth Name: Austin Richard Post
Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 4, 1995
Ethnicity: English, Italian, possibly other
Post Malone is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born in Syracuse, New York, and grew up in Grapevine, Dallas, Texas, with his stepmother, Jodie, and his father, Richard Post.
He is often asked about his ethnic background and being a “white rapper” with cornrows, and the discussion of “culture vulture” has come up early in his career. In a Power 105.1 Breakfast Club interview, Post Malone said he is not Puerto Rican or “trans-racial.”
He credits his father as the one who introduced him to hip hop with Lean Back by Fat Joe being the first hip hop track he listened to.
Post has stated (at 13:05) that he is of part Native American descent. It is not clear if this is accurate.
Post’s paternal grandfather is named Richard Lloyd Post.
Post’s maternal grandfather was John Carlo/Carl Pavetto (the son of Carlo G. Pavetto and Madeline R. Pavetto). John was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.
Post’s maternal grandmother is Shirley Browne (the daughter of Harry Browne and Frances R. Russo). Shirley was born in New York.
Sources: Post’s maternal grandmother, Shirley Browne, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Post’s maternal great-grandmother, Frances R. (Russo) Browne – http://www.dailyprogress.com