Pokémon, Post Malone, and Darius Rucker might seem like unusual partners. Post Malone still owns an old-school Game Boy Color so that he can still play Pokémon regularly, and he even released a cover of Rucker’s 1995 hit with Hootie and the Blowfish, “Only Wanna Be with You” to celebrate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary.
Pokémon’s collaboration with the rapper
Malone’s new version on the old classic song dubbed the Pokémon 25 version, dropped on Thursday, just in time for his Pokémon Day virtual concert at 7:00 p.m EST, a live showcase Malone previewed previously by turning into an animated character.
The show that Malone starred in named The Malone show can be viewed for free on the official Pokémon YouTube and Twitch channels and even on Pokémon’s 25th-anniversary official website. This also acts as the beginning of a yearlong celebration of all Pokémon things with the Universal Music Group, and their P25 Music artist-driven series.
Original songwriter’s reaction
As for Rucker, when he found out that his first huge hit Hootie and the Blowfish was being covered by the face tatted rapper, who is just 25 years himself and was born around the same time the song originally released, the songwriter tweeted that the smile on his face will not leave for a long time. He said that he was proud of Post Malone for making the song relevant again.
The reaction of the fans and everyone around the globe
Post Malone’s love for Pokémon has been quite evident for a long time. His collaborations with the franchise are something all the fans knew would happen. But the 25th year celebration seems to be a perfect fit for the collab. Fans of both Pokémon and Malone are excited and ecstatic about the new songs and the show.