Although Post Malone had the number one song throughout several countries with “Rockstar,” the artist believes it is a “struggle being a white rapper.”
The remark was part of a response Malone offered in an interview with GQ, when asked: “Do you, Post Malone, ever feel anxious about working in a primarily black-identified genre of music?”
“I definitely feel like there’s a struggle being a white rapper. But I don’t want to be a rapper. I just want to be a person that makes music,” he responds. “I make music that I like and I think that kicks ass, that I think the people who fuck with me as a person and as an artist will like.”
The comment has resulted in some backlash for Malone on social media, with many critics referencing the commercial success of “Rockstar.”
post malone had the number 1 in the country a month ago and said "its a struggle being a white rapper". thats so funny
— 🕺🏾🕺🏾 (@odummy_) January 26, 2018
Malone has faced criticism before for remarks he made involving rap music culture. Back in November of last year the artist said that “nobody is talking about real s**t” in hip-hop.
“If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop,” Post said to NewOnce. “There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real s**t, but right now, there’s not a lot of people talking about real s**t. Whenever I want to cry, whenever I want to sit down and have a nice cry, I’ll listen to some Bob Dylan.”
Maybe Malone’s response in this GQ interview stems from the criticisms he has received from being a white rapper which, of course, duh. As an artist participating in what is a predominantly and historically black genre of music, you’re going to be held accountable and scrutinized as a white artist for disparaging remarks you make about rap music, especially when you’re also profiting off it.