Twitter is often an awful, terrible, depressing place... except, in those rare instances, when it's not.
Case in point, on Wednesday morning, podcaster Derek Schwartz fired off the following tweets, criticizing Post Malone for glamorizing pill popping on his new hit single, "rockstar."
While most artists would have probably ignored the tweets—and that course of action is often in their own best interest—Post decided to engage Schwartz, delivering his position in a mature manner. Think Lupe Fiasco on social media. Now think the exact opposite approach.
If you've ever wondered what a Twitter conversation between two adults would actually look like offline, in the real world, this is it.
Over the years, we've been equally critical of artists, like Future, who have openly admitted that their music is a fabrication of the truth as it pertains to their drug use and those who actually endorse drug use outside of their music, like Lil Pump pumping up Xanax and Young Thug bragging about the side effects of drinking lean, but in this instance, Post doesn't fall into either category.
In the "rockstar" chorus, Malone sings, "I've been fuckin' hoes and poppin' pillies / Man, I feel just like a rockstar (star, ayy, ayy)." Though Post isn't explicitly encouraging anyone, adults or children, to do drugs in order to feel more like a rock star, there are certain actions—sex with women, heavy drug use—that have long been synonymous with that lifestyle. (It's a good thing Twitter wasn't around while Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Neil Young were topping the charts.)
Post doesn't owe anyone an explanation for why he chooses to rap or sing lyrics that do or do not contain veiled or direct references to drug usage or harmful behavior of any kind, but his willingness to discuss the matter with a fan of his work is important.
Social media has given us direct access to all of our favorite artists, which if harnessed correctly is a valuable line of communication. If approached in a polite and respectful manner, more artists might be willing to engage in open-minded discussion, which creates a critical dialogue that is often missing in a 140 (and soon to be 280) character back-and-forth.