2017 was the year of the Post up, with Malone dropping track after track of Xanax-fueled cannon fodder, a smorgasbord of soundtrack material for even the most zonked-out of opioid abusers. “Rockstar” is a love letter to – you guessed it – the life of the 80’s hair metal rock star, inundated by swarms of impressionable young female followers & an essentially endless supply of narcotics. Malone glamorizes the lifestyle, referencing the nearly limitless authority one garners when success has been their foundation; He’s able to access the “comforts” of individuals currently in relationships, leave drugs & drug paraphernalia lying around, waste expensive alcohol & damage property as if possessed by the spirit of a young Nikki Sixx. It’s a glaringly obvious attempt to inflate his own ego, though somehow this offense merely validates the content of Malone’s track, giving the listener a medium to live vicariously through as they slip in to the fantasy – This is, after all, exactly what he’s selling to begin with.
Upon listening to “Rockstar,” it’s clear the intention of this track was not to state anything profound or increase the skillset of Malone & company; No, this time around the task at hand is merely to fulfil an aesthetic to be pushed upon his listeners, likely supported by their drug of choice in a solitary manner. The track itself is fairly straightforward, providing a tirelessly repetitive rhyming scheme with virtually no metaphor to be confused by, a canvas made all the more sterile by the lack of any dynamic variation in instrumentation, a shell of a song analogous to the droning manner in which a sleepwalker might speak in their slumber. Despite this absence of interesting composition, “Rockstar” finds a way to continuously entertain the audience thanks to a seemingly unrelated music video, containing katana-wielding businessmen in the throes of battle draped against a backdrop of sci-fi Japanese architecture. The entire setup makes absolutely no sense, enhanced by the hazy-eyed vignette of soft focus obscuring every shot, yet still this succeeds in evoking the drug-riddled mind state of a true rock star. Astoundingly, against all possible odds, Malone’s total vision comes together by the magic of cinema to produce one of the year’s most nonchalantly baller experiences, barely breaking a sweat in the process. Even with all there is to hate about this performance, listeners are somehow left wanting more when the song ends, determined to hit “replay” at the nearest convenience & get their high started all over again.
Austin Post, Shayaa Abraham-Joseph, Louis Bell, Carl Austin Rosen, Jo Vaughn Virginie, Olufunmibi Awoshiley
"Rockstar" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American rapper Post Malone. It was released on September 15, 2017, by Republic Records as the lead single from his second studio album Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018). The track features a guest verse from rapper 21 Savage. The artists co-wrote the song with Joey Badass, Carl Austin Rosen, Louis Bell, and Olufunmibi “Tank God” Awoshiley; the latter two are also the producers.