Malone's first foray into professional music came when he was in a heavy metal band. Not long after, he transitioned to softer rock and hip hop before starting to play around with the digital audio workstation FL Studio.
He's sold a whopping 13 million albums in the United States and 95 million digital singles, which makes him the eighth best-selling digital artist of all time. As a result of his success, Malone was ranked by Billboard as the tenth top artist of the 2010s. His only mixtape, August26, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.
In 2016 his first one, Stoney, reached number four on the Billboard 200. His second and third, 2018's Beerbongs & Bentleys and 2019's Hollywood's Bleeding, reached number one. His fourth, Twelve Carat Toothache, hit the number four spot in 2022.