The ‘White Iverson’ rapper is ditching streetwear for Wranglers.

Post Malone was omitted from the 9th annual XXL Freshmen List that was revealed earlier this week. The magazine’s long-standing Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten guested on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to talk about the cover and revealed that the Dallas rapper had declined a spot as he’s leaving rap for country.

“We were told by his camp that he wasn’t paying attention to hip-hop so much, he was going in more of a rock-pop-country direction,” Satten told Charlamagne and co. “Once we heard that he wasn’t really acknowledging hip-hop – especially when they were telling us: ‘We’re going in a country direction,’ that’s a message that you don’t really wanna be in the hip-hop world – so we’re just gonna let it go.”

I don’t know, guys. I’m not a country expert but it seems recently that rap and country, which were once genres that people used to lump together as the two things they would exclusively not listen to, are not only common bedfellows, but that radio country stars are aspiring to be more like rappers.

If you search “country and rap alike” you will find half a decade worth of essays about hwo the two genres are the same thing in different packages. They’re not, but the point is Post Malone telling XXL he was pursuing pop, rock and country was probably not a way to tell them he’s bowing out of rap music – it was probably a polite way of saying, “I don’t want to be on this oft-criticized cover of your magazine.”

But maybe Satten’s projection that Malone no longer wants to be a part of the rap world will convince him to stay out of it.

He can do whatever he wants – we’re just looking for the power to get the marble-mouthed lethargic hook of ‘White Iverson’ out of our heads once and for all.

Oh and here’s a vide of Post Malone, né Austin Richards, performing Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’.

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