A version of Post Malone’s inescapable hit “rockstar” featuring Joey Bada$$and T-Pain leaked this week. According to Bada$$ and T-Pain, the track isn’t a remix, but the original version of the single.
“That’s the original,” T-Pain wrote on Twitter. “They took me off. And put 21 on. Me and Joey had it first.” Bada$$ echoed this in a tweet in which he claims to have helped pen the song. “This is facts,” he wrote. “I actually co-wrote the song w post 🙂 quietly got my first #1 off that.”
That’s the original. They took me off. And put 21 on. Me and Joey had it first
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) December 28, 2017
This is facts… I actually co-wrote the song w post 🙂 quietly got my first #1 off that 💰💰💰 more ghostwriting in 2018 https://t.co/7AEApxT6IJ
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) December 29, 2017
Ultimately, the version of “rockstar” with 21 Savage topped the Hot 100, assisted by a YouTube version of the song that looped the chorus and cut out 21’s feature, so it’s unclear whether the guest selection made much of a difference. You can listen to the alternate version below.
This article was originally published on SPIN.