Post Malone and 21 Savage continue to hold it down.
Post Malone and 21 Savage's hazy single "Rockstar" continues to make noise, and now, the single has achieved a new milestone. As evidenced by a post shared by Elliot Wilson, Post and 21's single is officially 2017's longest running hip-hop #1 on the Hot 100 charts. Considering the song only dropped in September, that's actually pretty crazy. According to a report from Billboard, Post and 21 have already spent four weeks at number one, surpassing closest competitors Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow," Kendrick Lamar's "Humble," Migos & Lil Uzi Vert's "Bad & Boujee," and DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Justin Bieber's "I'm The One."
Before "Rockstar," Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane held the longest running hip-hop #1 with "Black Beatles," which sat at the top for seven weeks in November 2016. It's a good look for Post and 21 Savage; can anybody honestly have guessed the Savage Mode rapper would be on one of the year's most radio-friendly songs? Congratulations are most definitely in order. However, there are some who might accuse the record labels of gaming the system, as "Rockstar" was actually at the center of a recent streaming controversy, which led to some believing that Post's ascent to the top wasn't as genuine as it may appear. For more on the mechanics behind that whole process, check out the link below.
Regardless, the song is a banger, and the perfect blend of rapping and melody makes it well-suited for radio. In truth, it's a little musically darker than the traditional hit, with a minor, melancholic chord progression and a somewhat haunting melody. Perhaps that differentiation has helped catapult it to the top. Regardless of how you feel about Post's music, it's hard to be mad at a hip-hop song dominating the charts, and further solidifying itself as the most important musical genre in the game.