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Post Malone – Rockstar Ft. 21 Savage (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

Post Malone has hit the jackpot with his latest single “rockstar” from ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ album expected to release later this year. The new 2017 single features vocals by 21 Savage as well. “rockstar” has a laid back tune and speaks about Post Malone’s lifestyle as a rock-star. The single was released on September 15, after being previewed back in November 2016. The song debuted at #2 spot on Billboard Hot 100 above Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” single as well.

“rockstar” single artwork comprises of a barbed wire and a black snake. The song is produced by Louis Bell and Tank (Producer).

Listen to “rockstar” by Post Malone

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The lyrics to the song has some depth and meaning behind it so we are going to analyse the lyrics and song meaning in depth.

Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “rockstar”

The basis underneath the entire song is that Post Malone is feeling like a ‘rock star’ which is a synonym for drugs-sex-money lifestyle. It’s earning fast money and burning the money faster. Post Malone’s recent success must be feeling as if he is going through this downward spiral.


I’ve been fuckin’ hoes and poppin’ pillies
Man, I feel just like a rockstar (star, ayy, ayy)
All my brothers got that gas
And they always be smokin’ like a Rasta

The chorus of “rockstar” sums up what the artist envisions to say through the song. As mentioned above rock-n-roll was identified to be the genre that was most exposed to drugs, sex and money. “Pillies” is a slag for pharmaceutical drugs that induce hallucinations and severe disorders in behavior.

A Rasta is a group of people called Rastafarians originated from Jamaica back in 1930’s. They are a symbolism for drugs (marijuana), sex and music. Post Malone’s present conditions must be quite similar to this as the song says. “Gas” here refers to smoking marijuana as well.

Fuckin’ with me, call up on a Uzi
And show up, name them the shottas
When my homies pull up on your block
They make that thing go grrra-ta-ta-ta (pow, pow, pow, ayy, ayy)

Violence is another aspect Post Malone is experiencing or wants us to believe he is experiencing through “rockstar.” Uzi is a handheld and very fast gun commonly used by street gangs. “Shottas” is a phrase for “shorties” which is slang for loyal crew members of a gang or a group.

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Verse 1

Switch my whip, came back in black
I’m startin’ sayin’, “Rest in peace to Bon Scott” (ayy)

First verse in “rockstar” is performed by Post Malone.

Post Malone mentions Bon Scott in the new single. Bon Scott is the lead singer of the rock band AC/DC who drank himself to death in February 1980. ‘Back In Black’ was the AC/DC album that was being produced when this tragedy befell, but they ended up releasing the album as tribute to their lead singer. This album became their best selling work so far.

Post Malone says he is wishing farewells to Bon Scott. Does this mean Malone finally understands what Scott went through? The life of a rockstar could be one of the worst, at times.

Close that door, we blowin’ smoke
She ask me light a fire like I’m Morrison (ayy)
Act a fool on stage
Prolly leave my fuckin’ show in a cop car (ayy)

The references to troubled artists continue in “rockstar” single by Post Malone.

“Light My Fire” released in January 1967 is The Doors’ biggest hit yet and the band’s frontman Jim Morrison was arrested several times by the police while performing live on stage. The second time was for exposing his genitalia to the crowd during the live performance, which is what Post Malone is calling “act a fool on stage.”

Watch Post Malone Perform “rockstar” Live in Philadelphia

Shit was legendary
Threw a TV out the window of the Montage

Malone says these kinds of stunts were ‘legendary’ back then. They got the public attention and sometimes even caused uprisings. Throwing TVs out of hotel windows was yet another tradition started back in early 1990s by rock stars.

Cocaine on the table, liquor pourin’, don’t give a damn
Dude, your girlfriend is a groupie, she just tryna get in
Sayin’, “I’m with the band” (ayy, ayy)
Now she actin’ outta pocket, tryna grab up on my pants
Hundred bitches in my trailer say they ain’t got a man
And they all brought a friend (yeah, ayy, ayy, ayy)

These last few lyric lines of the first verse sums up the lifestyle of a rock star back in the days.

“I’m with the band” is one of the most popular sayings that was used to be said by fans trying to get into concerts past gate security. Pamela Des Barres, one of the most notable groupies, titled her self-memoir, “I’m With The Band: Confessions of a Groupie,” which gives accounts of the drug fueled and sex infused parties of these rock stars.

Verse 2

Second verse of “rockstar” is performed by 21 Savage.

I’ve been in the Hills fuckin’ superstars
Feelin’ like a popstar (21, 21, 21)
Drankin’ Henny, bad bitches jumpin’ in the pool
And they ain’t got on no bra (no bra)

“Hills” is often used to refer to Hollywood Hills, or the city of Hollywood in general, which is also called a city of sins.

“Henny” is short for Hennessy which is a cognac and 21 Savage says being a rockstar is being high on drugs and booze and loose women around the clock.

Hit her from the back, pullin’ on her tracks
And now she screamin’ out, “no más” (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Very graphic details of sexual activities give n here by 21 Savage. “Tracks” are hair extensions and “no mas” is Spanish for “no more.” Hopefully, you can connect the rest of the dots for these lyrics.

They like “Savage, why you got a twelve car garage and you only got six cars?” (21)
I ain’t with the cakin’, how you kiss that? (kiss that?)
Your wifey say I’m lookin’ like a whole snack (big snack)

A garage for 12 cars filled with 6 cars is potential still not achieved yet. Maybe, 21 Savage wishes to own 12 cars one day and that is the reason he built is with such capacity. It’s never bad to have high ambitions.

“Caking” is slang for making love, but 21 Savage says he is not in for that. He is up for just casual encounters.

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Green hundreds in my safe, I got old racks (old racks)
L.A. bitches always askin’, “Where the coke at?” (21, 21)
Livin’ like a rockstar, smash out on a cop car
Sweeter than a Pop-Tart, you know you are not hard
I done made the hot chart, ‘member I used to trap hard
Livin’ like a rockstar, I’m livin’ like a rockstar (ayy)

The last few lyric lines of 21 Savage’s verse sums up his view of a life of a rock star. It is basically a life of drugs, booze, money and lose women. Being a rapper, a celebrity, involved with gangs and exposed to drugs, it is not a surprising fact that modern artists feel as if they have embraced the early rock-n-roll lifestyles.

We conclude our annotation of “rockstar” by Post Malone and 21 Savage here and let you voice your opinion now.

We think this is a very catchy song and contains a somewhat deeper meaning than it leads on to be. The lyrics are crafty and valid. What do you think about this new hot single and what do you think these lyrics mean? Got a different interpretation? Let us know in the comments below and we will make it a discussion.

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4 thoughts on “Post Malone – Rockstar Ft. 21 Savage (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)

  1. Please do more such interpretations.
    I finally understood the song.
    Make such more.
    From India

  2. Very valid and heartfelt lyrics-agree. Life from the male voice that we don’t hear from much nowadays. Gritty and real. Personal journeys that let you tag along. It’s what great music, great poetry should be about. I just love it. Very authentic and reflects the artists’ integrity.

    1. True. It also exposes one dark-sided aspects of the entertainment industry. We see the glitz and the glamour. But underneath it all, there’s an untold story that would shock us to the core. Most of these stories are suppressed by themselves or others. It’s good to see at least once in a while somebody scratching the veil.

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