Friday, July 3rd, 2020

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar

Beats Mr Malone, no data on Dappy, but let’s not even get into Bizarre


Alfred Soto: Plenty of artists have released three albums in fifteen months. Many have been insouciant about repeating themselves. Few have repeated themselves to less attractive effect than DaBaby, who’s filled fifteen months with scandals expected from older stars. He’s a star, you’re not, get in his face and he’ll sock you. 

Oliver Maier: It was only a matter of time before Roddy Ricch returned to decimate the charts anew with his diet Thugger schtick, and who better to team up with than DaBaby, the Hot 100’s enfant terrible (which is French for “absolute mad lad”). It’s a shame that the latter’s energy and charisma are routinely wasted on the same handful of themes; there’s no willingness to engage or even have fun with the rockstar thing beyond a line about guitars. Post Malone at least managed a Jim Morrison joke.

Olivia Rafferty: “Rockstar” is a seesaw, dipping into distorted bass and driven lyrics which merge into “I am strong, I am strong, I am strong” determination before teetering over into lilting harp arpeggios and lump-in-the-throat autotune sweetness. Honestly I don’t see much of a stretch in comparing something like this to a PC Music tune. It’s got that same kind of heavy/light contradiction that A. G. Cook might take inspiration from. “You can’t touch me” pop for 2020.

Nortey Dowuona: Flatly plucked guitar cycles around silly putty bass being hit by DaBaby, who is completely focused on not letting it bubble up again, but Roddy makes sure to ride it around, leaving DaBaby annoyed, sitting down, pissed. Finally, Roddy brings back the silly putty drums, by which time DaBaby has calmed, and is plucking guitars for his daughter.

Tobi Tella: I shouldn’t be surprised by flash-in-the-pan rappers anymore, but the turnaround on DaBaby being cool was almost impressive. Barely a year after he blew up, he’s getting trashed for his album on Twitter, involved in multiple scandals, and is somehow the least memorable artist on a song with Camila Cabello. This avoids the pitfalls he’s been falling into, with a different flow and even some brief returns to the more heartfelt bars of “INTRO”, with a catchy hook. So why don’t I care? Everything on paper says this should be good, but just like another rockstar, it’s too flaccid and stagnant for its own good. It’s probably not a good sign for Baby how excited I was when Roddy Ricch showed up.

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: One of those number one hits that comes when an artist has reached the height of their popularity having passed their artistic peak. This isn’t the most interesting or compelling DaBaby track, but the hooks, the flow, and Roddy Ricch collaboration are still all strong enough that I can’t think of a reason to complain. 

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