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Post Malone – Go Flex

“Go Flex” is a song by American rapper Post Malone. It was released on April 21, 2016, by Republic Records as the third single from his debut studio album, Stoney. The track was produced by Charlie Handsome and Rex Kudo.

“Go Flex” is a retrospective look at Post Malone’s rise to fame. The song blends several genres into one, featuring Malone’s raps, along with an acoustic guitar.

Malone mentions drama with his girlfriend and alludes to Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The co-producer Charlie Handsome had this to say about the song on DJ BOOTH;

Check this shit out: I wrote the instrumentation for ‘Go Flex’ in 2007. It used to be called ‘Stars and Space Weapons’ and it was kind of like a folky song about being in a relationship and holding onto someone no matter what happens. I had recorded about two or three different versions, just me on the guitar. Me and Post were in Rex Kudo’s studio a lot and we would jam on acoustic guitar outside by the firepit.

That song came into my head one day when we were working on new shit. I jumped in the booth and was like, ‘I got a progression I want to lay down.’ I wrote two chord progressions on acoustic guitar with nylon strings, which is my main guitar that I put on everything. Those reverb vocal melodies you hear in the background, those are the melodies from the song that I wrote way the fuck back. The song is played on Capo 5 and the verse chords are F, C, G, Am. The hook and bridge chords are Em, F, C, G.

Once I put that down, I started messing with the drums and the 808s, and Post started writing to it before we finished the beat. I love his bars on there, like ‘pusha gas, get a motherfuckin’ nose bleed.’ That goes over most people’s heads.

So Post was writing and he came up with the ‘Go Flex’ concept, it was super dope. I remember him saying, ‘Hulk Hogan with the flex’ and I was like, ‘Fuck that. You can’t say Hulk Hogan on the flex because phonetically, it sounds weird, too many syllables. Second, Stone Cold Steve Austin!’ Post is a wrestling fan too and was like, ‘Oh shit, Stone Cold!’ And it’s got a double meaning. That’s the only thing I can say I contributed to lyrically.

Rex Kudo recorded it and put his mix on the vocal. He brought in a really dope violin player and had him layer up the bridge—you hear it come in on the bridge before the last hook. Then he threw the stomp/clap loop in the hook and bridge, and he may have added an extra guitar layer on it, too. It filled it out really nicely.

I met Post at the end of 2014. He was chilling at this house with like 20 other people and I feel like nobody was paying rent. I could be wrong, but I want to say Post was sleeping in a closet at the time. But every time I would go to the house, me and him would chain smoke fucking Marlboro Reds, drink Bud Lights and talk shit. Eventually, I saw that Bob Dylan cover he did but he had never said anything about it. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re really fucking good. We should start some new shit.’

We ended up locking in at the end of December for like two months and basically did the whole [Stoney] album. It changed later once the label got involved and we got more people involved, but a lot of the songs that have come out were from that time period, like ‘White Iverson,’ ‘Tears,’ ‘What’s Up,’ ‘Holyfield, ‘God Damn,’ ‘Leave,’ ‘Go Flex.’ For the labels, that’s really when they were like, ‘Oh, you can put albums together, it’s not like you just make beats.’

The song’s accompanying music video premiered on April 28, 2016 on Post Malone’s Vevo account on YouTube. The video features a cameo appearance by Lia Marie Johnson.

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