Post Malone talks Mark Wahlberg, Grammy nominations and his new alter ego

The last few months have been pretty major for Post Malone. The 24-year-old rapper released his latest album "Hollywood's Bleeding" in September, his hit single "Circles" made its way into the top five songs on the US Billboard Hot 100, he was nominated for two awards at this year's Grammys and a new trailer dropped for his debut movie that will be premiering this spring on Netflix.

Julia Webb of In The Know caught up with Post ahead of the Jan. 26th Grammys to hear all about his last few whirlwind months and his latest collaboration with iconic snack brand Doritos. Keep scrolling to read their full conversation.

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READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Post Malone performs live on stage during day one of Reading Festival at Richfield Avenue on August 24, 2018 in Reading, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Post Malone attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JUNE 24: Post Malone performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on June 24, 2018 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 03: Post Malone performs during Lollapalloza 2018 at Grant Park on August 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Post Malone performs during Wireless Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park on July 6th, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, and Post Malone perform onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
2018 Billboard Music Awards ? Photo Room ? Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., 20/05/2018 ? Post Malone holds his Top Rap Song award for "Rockstar". REUTERS/Steve Marcus
2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Photo Room - Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018. - 21 Savage (L) and Post Malone pose backstage with the Song of the Year award for "Rockstar." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Rapper Post Malone arrives at the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Show - Radio City Music Hall, New York, U.S., August 20, 2018 - Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Post Malone perform. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Musical artists Post Malone (L) and Ne-Yo attend The Stronach Group Chalet at 143rd Preakness Stakes on May 19, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 05: Post Malone performs at the Osheaga Music and Art Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 5, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Horton/Getty Images)
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI - MAY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Post Malone performs in support of Beerbongs & Bentleys at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre on May 29, 2018 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 04: Post Malone and 2 Chainz perform for Bud Light's Dive Bar Tour at the Exit/In in Nashville on April 4, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Bud Light)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Chairman and CEO of The Stronach Group Belinda Stronach, musical artist Post Malone, and DJ Frank Walker attend The Stronach Group Chalet at 143rd Preakness Stakes on May 19, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Rapper Post Malone performs at Infield Fest prior to the 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Richard Chapin Downs Jr/Getty Images for The Stronach Group )
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Post Malone and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith perform onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Post Malone performs on Day 1 of Wireless Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
Post Malone performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, U.S., April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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ITK: Congratulations on your second year of Grammy nominations! This year, you were nominated for Best Record and Pop Dup/Group Performance for your song "Sunflower" with Swae Lee. As an artist who puts everything into your music, what does it mean to you to be recognized as a nominee?

Post Malone: It feels good. You know, I'm happy that people are listing to the music and I'm so proud of Swae, as well and Louis Bell and everybody that helped write the song and produce the song. We're just happy that everybody is being recognized because they deserve it a whole lot more than me and I'm just grateful to be apart of everything. I'm very excited, very happy for everybody and excited to be nominated again.

And this year you're also branching out from music with a part in the upcoming Netflix film Spenser Confidential starring Mark Wahlberg. What can you tell me about filming and being on set with a movie legend?

Mark Wahlberg is such a sweet guy. I’m so grateful that him and Pete Berg [the film's director] let me be a part of this movie. It was really cool because this is my first movie type deal where I had to do some actual acting. I was so nervous but they were so supportive and we went over the lines altogether.

It was just a cool experience to see how everything is done, you know the full camera crew, full audio crew, the way everything goes, having a body double and such. It was just a really cool and interesting experience that I would like to do again and see if I can get my acting chops up and be in more movies, and maybe do some more with Mark and Pete and just express myself.

You also have a new alter ego to play with this year thanks to your new collaboration with Doritos in honor of their new chip flavor, Flaming Hot Limón! Tell me about Post Limón.

So Doritos got out to me and they said, "we have this great idea for this new hot limón chip." And they said, "you’re Post Malone so let's turn you into Post Limón!" And I said that works out perfectly! So we do a bunch of cool, fun stuff and I think the commercial is hilarious and I think the concept is great. I'm really grateful that Doritos let me be a part of this and we had a great time. I can't wait for everyone to see it and try the chip!

The commercial debuted during this year's Grammys and it was hysterical and over-the-top in the best way possible. Was it as fun to film as it seemed?

It was! I love doing funny different stuff like that. We had a lime green car, we had a whole bedazzled suit, we had a face tattoo and it was cool because I got my friends in the video. Everybody from [the Doritos] team was so sweet so the process was just incredible and so easy — we just had a great time.

It's no secret that you have a lot going and 2020 is already gearing up to be a massive year for you. What else can fans expect to see from you this year?

We're gonna go on this tour in February and then get off tour and keep working on some music and see if we can’t get another record out to the fans before the end of the year. And just keep chugging; do the best that we can every day and just try to keep kicking ass. 

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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