A different version of Post Malone’s “rockstar” featuring Joey Bada$$ and T-Pain leaked this week. According to Bada$$ and T-Pain, the track isn’t a remix, but the original version of the single.
This news was confirmed by T-Pain earlier on Twitter when he responded to a fan after they complimented his verse on the “so-called” remix that leaked earlier this week. “That’s the original,” T-Pain wrote. “They took me off. And put 21 on. Me and Joey had it first.”
That’s the original. They took me off. And put 21 on. Me and Joey had it first
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) December 28, 2017
Joey echoed this in a tweet in which he claims to have helped pen the song. “This is facts,” he wrote “I actually co-wrote the song w post 🙂 quietly got my first #1 off that more ghostwriting in 2018.”
This is facts… I actually co-wrote the song w post 🙂 quietly got my first #1 off that 💰💰💰 more ghostwriting in 2018 https://t.co/7AEApxT6IJ
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) December 29, 2017
However, Joey and T-Pain’s comments don’t exactly align with Malone’s version of how the song came to be. Back in September, in an interview with Billboard, the chart-topping artist NEVER once mentioned T-Pain being part of it, and he said Joey was simply in the studio, not actually involved in the writing
“I was in New York, and we were at Quad Studios,” he said. “Some kid came in, and I guess he was in the session next door and he was like, “Hey? Can I play you some beats?” I’m like, “I guess so.” You know, I’m a nice guy, I like music. I’ll listen to your beats. He played the beat and it was incredible. His name is Tank. He’s a really young guy, and a really talented producer. So we did that, and Joey Bada$$ was in there. We were just vibing on it and the melody was sick. We just cut like a little scratch vocal and we took it back to LA. I finished my part and sent it off to  Savage — and there it is.”
Listen to the leaked version of “Rockstar” below.