Pokemon 25th Anniversary Celebrations Begins With a Virtual Post Malone Concert

Published 03/01/2021, 1:18 PM EST


Fans of hip-hop and Pokemon received a surprising yet amazing amalgamation from none other than musician Post Malone. The Beerbongs and Bentleys star kicked off Pokemon’s 25th anniversary celebrations with a surreal virtual concert to celebrate everything about the franchise. Armed with his most popular tunes and one surprising rendition, the concert was one of the best ways to start off the 25th anniversary celebrations.

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Post Malone kicks off year long Pokemon celebration event

Post Malone started off the Universal Music and Pokemon collaborative event, P25 Music on Saturday. The event is a yearlong celebration as part of the franchise’s 25th year anniversary. The virtual concert was held on Pokemon Day, when the franchise’s first video games, Pokemon Red and Green, launched way back in 1996. The series continued with countless spinoffs from popular TV shows, movies, and even toys.

To celebrate the lore of Pokemon, the entire concert had a visual aesthetic from the various worlds the franchise has. Although it wasn’t a long event, clocking in at under 15 minutes, the mood from the Stoney artist made perfect sense for it. It’s really cool to see a popular hip-hop artist and Pokemon gel so well. The concert also had similar vibes to the famous Travis Scott Astronomical virtual concert on Fortnite held in April 2020.

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The Concert Experience

Post Malone began the virtual concert with his live rendition of Psycho from his Beerbongs & Bentleys album. The concert took place in a virtual stadium, with fans and Pokemons all around him. It continued with his virtual avatar flying around in the different realms of the franchise. Further, various characters such as Pikachu, Charizard and Gyrados having small cameos. The other songs in the concert also included his popular tunes of Circles and Congratulations.

But the biggest surprise of the concert came with his soothing rendition of Hootie & the Blowfish song, Only Wanna Be With You. Fans of the series would remember the sample as it is the Ecruteak City theme from Pokemon Silver and Gold. It definitely brought the much needed nostalgia in the event for the franchise’s earliest fans from the early Nintendo games. While there are a lot of events and music yet to arrive from Katy Perry and J Balvin, the 25th anniversary celebrations have definitely started out with a bang.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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