1. Ambiance With High BPM’s
2. Sometimes Less is More
3. The Important of 808 Choice
Choosing the wrong 808 for a song can ruin the entire track real fast. So, it’s vital to close attention to the sonics of the 808 in comparison to each melody and drum layer. “Rockstar” does this perfectly, a softer 808 that hits hard enough to keep you interested without taking away from the other low-end frequencies in the melody. The sustain and release of the 808 are also well-executed here. You generally don’t want your 808’s colliding and clashing with the other drum kit elements. You can also find this same approach with Post Malone’s song “Psycho” feat. Ty Dolla $ign“.
4. Building Anticipation
5. Vocal Match Made In Heaven
Although we’ve been breaking down most of the instrumental production, you can’t ignore Post Malone and 21 Savage. There are a few reasons why 21 Savage was probably the best choice as a feature for “Rockstar.” Not only did he bring his fan base and demographic to the table, but his gritty yet calm voice also hits hard with the beat. It’s a perfect sonic contrast to Post Malone’s passive, melancholic flow.
These elements go hand in hand with the contrast of the song’s melodies to the catchy drum pattern. When you bring all of this together, it’s pretty easy to understand how “Rockstar” became such a replayable hit.