LA-based songstress Chloë Black has followed up her sultry recent return single, ‘Waterbed‘, with her own take on Post Malone and 21 Savage’s ‘Rockstar’. The cover comes ahead of Black’s next single proper on 9th March and is further evidence of just how adept Black is at delivery expletives via the medium of song.
Black is no stranger to cover versions, having memorably put her own twist on tracks like Kanye West’s ‘Runaway‘. Black instills ‘Rockstar’ with a sense of warmth and melancholy, while confronting the track’s casual misogyny head-on, something Black struggled to reconcile with.
“There’s a certain lyrical parallel between Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ and my own music; there is a shared sense of nostalgia and musical hero worship,” says Black. “I think that’s part of what drew me to this song. There’s also a tonne of misogyny in the lyrics as there is in a lot of songs we all know and love. I chose not to censor these lyrics as I felt that hearing them come from a female might highlight their absurdity and the sadness of the fact that many men in the world equate ‘conquering’ women with rock stardom and masculinity.”
The track mashes up ‘Rockstar’ with another familiar song, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, a nod to both the David Bowie original and the Nirvana cover version. Black even dons a Fender Mustang for her performance, the same guitar Kurt used for the iconic Nirvana version of the track.