Rockstar (DaBaby song)

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"Rockstar"
Rockstar Remix (Official Single Cover) - DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch.png
BLM remix artwork
Single by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
from the album Blame It on Baby
ReleasedApril 24, 2020
Format
Length3:01
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)SethInTheKitchen
DaBaby singles chronology
"Find My Way"
(2020)
"Rockstar"
(2020)
"Buss It Down"
(2020)
Roddy Ricch singles chronology
"Numbers"
(2020)
"Rockstar"
(2020)
"High Fashion"
(2020)
Music video
"Rockstar" on YouTube

"Rockstar" is a song by American rapper DaBaby, featuring vocals from American rapper Roddy Ricch. The song was released on April 24, 2020 as the second single from DaBaby's third studio album Blame It on Baby (2020). The song was written by the two performers and its producer SethInTheKitchen. "Rockstar" has spent four non-consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song also topped the charts in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

On June 12, 2020, DaBaby released a BLM (Black Lives Matter) remix of the song featuring an extra verse from him before the rest of the song, regarding the George Floyd protests that started in May 2020, and his own experience with police abuse.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing the song's parent album for Entertainment Weekly, Sam Hockley-Smith found "Rockstar" and "Find My Way" "catchy and brooding", "allowing him [DaBaby] to rehash harrowing moments of violence, inner turmoil, and PTSD."[3] In Pitchfork, Dani Blum noticed DaBaby "doesn't imitate Roddy Ricch as much as adjust his tone to complement the feature," thus, "his voice becomes softer, as close as DaBaby gets to tender, as he talks about the physical jolt of PTSD."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Rockstar" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its seventh week, for the chart issue dated June 13, 2020. It became DaBaby's first chart-topper and Roddy Ricch's second. It also became DaBaby's first number one and Ricch's second on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. Along with "The Box", Ricch became the first artist to achieve his first two number one singles in the same year since Ed Sheeran did it in 2017.[5] Topping the chart for a second week, it became the first single to spent multiple weeks on top after a run in which five songs each spent a first and only week at the summit.[6] It has spent six weeks at number one in both Australia and the UK.[7][8]

Music video[edit]

DaBaby teased a music video for "Rockstar" a week before its release, posting pictures on Instagram of the filming location.[9] The Reel Goats-directed clip was released on June 26, 2020, starring the two rappers hunting zombies on an open field.[10]

Remix[edit]

On June 12, 2020, a remix of the song, titled "Rockstar Black Lives Matter Remix", was released. It joined many other protest songs that spoke out against police brutality in the wake of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd's murders. Jessica McKinney of Complex noted how on this version, DaBaby "discusses his multiple run-ins with the police, saying, 'Cops wanna pull me over, embarrass me/Abusin' power, you never knew me, thought I was arrogant/As a juvenile, police pulled their guns like they scared of me'", while Roddy Ricch "shares a similar experience, recalling a time the police stopped him at a gas station".[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[15] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 2
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[17] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[18] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 5
France (SNEP)[20] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[21] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[22] 24
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[23] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 1
Italy (FIMI)[25] 8
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[26] 13
Lithuania (AGATA)[27] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[30] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[31] 2
Portugal (AFP)[32] 1
Romania (Airplay 100)[33] 83
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[34] 4
Singapore (RIAS)[35] 12
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[36] 58
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[37] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[39] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[40] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[41] 20
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[42] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[43] 1
US Rolling Stone Top 100[44] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] Gold 35,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[46] Gold 20,000*
Italy (FIMI)[47] Gold 35,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[48] Platinum 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various April 17, 2020 Original
[50]
Italy April 24, 2020 Contemporary hit radio Universal [51]
United Kingdom [52]
Urban contemporary radio [53]
Various June 12, 2020
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Remix
  • Interscope
  • South Coast Music Group
[2]
United States June 23, 2020 Contemporary hit radio Original [54]

References[edit]

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