Rockstar
by Post Malone (featuring 21 Savage)

Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2017)
Charted: 1 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Post Malone putting his own spin on the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

    Ayy, I've been f---in' hoes and poppin' pillies
    Man, I feel just like a rockstar (star)


    "Sex and Drugs and Rock And Roll" was the debut single of English singer-songwriter Ian Dury. Released in 1977, it was not a hit at the time. However, the song subsequently became well known for creating the popular saying that describes the hedonistic lifestyle of rock stars.
  • Post Malone is joined on the track by 21 Savage. Both artists brag about their extravagant rock 'n' roll lifestyles, which incorporate copious amounts of sex and drugs.
  • In the seven days following its release, "Rockstar" shattered Apple Music's one-week streaming record total for a single song with 25 million streams worldwide and 22.5 million US streams.
  • Post Malone told Billboard the story of the song:

    "I was in New York, and we were at Quad Studios. Some kid came in, and I guess he was in the session next door and he was like, 'Hey? Can I play you some beats?' I'm like, 'I guess so.' You know, I'm a nice guy, I like music. I'll listen to your beats. He played the beat and it was incredible. His name is Tank. He's a really young guy, and a really talented producer. So we did that, and Joey Bada$$ was in there. We were just vibing on it and the melody was sick. We just cut like a little scratch vocal and we took it back to LA. I finished my part and sent it off to Savage - and there it is."
  • Tank God used a chance meeting with Post Malone at a Los Angeles sneaker store as a way in to play him his beats. "I was like, 'I met you in L.A,' Tank told Genius. "And he was like, 'At Flight Club?' I was like, 'Yeah!' And I was like, 'Well, I'm a producer, can I play you some beats?' He was like, 'Yeah let's get weird.'"
  • The other credited producer is Louis Bell. "Louis is the engineer," Tank explained. "Post's engineer, and close friend. I had the melody and he beefed it up, adding some piano and just making it more full."
  • When Malone released the song, the version he posted on YouTube was just a loop of the chorus with a link to the full song on other platforms. This was done to funnel listeners to more profitable services, while boosting the song's chart position, as streams of this all-chorus version counted toward Hot 100 placement, as did any additional listens of the full song on places like Spotify and Pandora. The strategy worked very well; the YouTube version quickly racked up over 45 million views, and the song vaulted to #1 on the Hot 100.
  • Louis Bell recalled to Billboard how Malone texted him in 2016 a video of an early version of "Rockstar".

    "I knew it was a smash through the phone," he said. "A few months later, we got in the studio and I wanted to really build it up to make it really full and musical. It's a very droney, vibey piece. I wanted to add a long outro with a guitar, but it can't be an actual guitar because it's 2017. We went with something futuristic to give it this nice cool and dark vibe."
  • The original version of this song featured T-Pain and Joey Badass, before the pair were replaced by 21 Savage. Badass also co-wrote the track but is uncredited.
  • This won Song of the Year at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Malone performed this and "Stay" at the Grammy Awards in 2019, where he also guested with Red Hot Chili Peppers on "The Getaway."

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