Post Malone's smash hit 'Rockstar' is the latest in a long line of songs which glamorize the rockstar lifestyle.
Ayy, 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 Fuckin' with me, call up on a Uzi And show up, man them the shottas When my homies pull up on your block They make that thing go grrra-ta-ta-ta (pow, pow, pow), Post spits.Post's first line, in which he mentioned the pills, rubbed fan Derek Schwartz the wrong way. So he jumped on Twitter and voiced his objection.
I like the @PostMalone but the way the way he glamorizes/normalizes popping pills on his new record is flat out disgusting.— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) September 27, 2017
What makes it worse it is all contrived. He’s not doing it but convincing our children to do it while he profits from their pain.— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) September 27, 2017
Derek's criticism didn't get a whole lot of traffic on Twitter. But it touched a nerve with Malone, who responded.
never did i once tell anybody's children to take ANY pills. music is about experiences. i have the right say whatever the hell i want.— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) September 27, 2017
I know you didn’t say it directly I was just talking about the impact your songs have. These kids look up to you. What you say matters.— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) September 27, 2017
like i said man, there's a perfectly good clean version for people who feel just like you. they don't even let you say uzi anymore lol.— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) September 27, 2017
Haha I hear ya man. At the end of the day personally I fuck with the song. I just had a moment but keep doing your thing, I’mma big fan.— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) September 27, 2017
Post was able to win Schwartz over in the end with his argument.
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