Post Malone plays Eric Johnson's Cliffs of Dover in guitar battle with Andrew Watt

Post Malone performs on stage at the Coachella Republic Records Jaegermeister Party at Republic House on April 17, 2016 in Palm Springs, California
(Image credit: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Universal Music)

Best of 2020: Post Malone may have made his name as a hip-hop/pop star, but we’ve also witnessed him blow the roof off his, well, house, playing a set of Nirvana covers in quarantine (and raising millions for charity in the process).

But taking on Kurt Cobain’s riffs and solos is one thing. Tackling Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover? That’s a whole ’nother slice of the electric guitar pie.

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And yet, that’s exactly what Malone has done in a new Instagram post, in which he and his Les Paul play some of the most famous licks from the EJ tune as a sort of “challenge” to Malone’s sometime producer and co-songwriter, Andrew Watt.

Watt, who served as guitarist and producer on Ozzy Osbourne’s Ordinary Man, was clearly game for this guitar battle, posting a response clip in which he ripped his own solo from the Ozzy/Malone duet Take What You Want.

U ain’t shit @postmalone WATT

A photo posted by @thisiswatt on Aug 20, 2020 at 4:45pm PDT

Okay guys, what’s next? Free Bird? Stairway? We await round 2…

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.