Noted platinum-selling rapper Post Malone dropped his first original track since 2019 Friday, titled “Motley Crew.” The name should come as barely a shocker for fans, as Posty’s affinity with the heavy metal legends grew larger on his last co-release, a year ago on a track brandishing Mötley Crüe’s drummer, “Tommy Lee,” with Tyla Yaweh, for which Lee, in fact, played drums on a remix of.
Post Malone’s vocal is a certain point of interest on the track, as production retracts his previous leaning toward raw spoken tones, which have done him well on his run from “that guy who sang ‘White Iverson'” to his current global icon status. I’ll admit, I find it a particularly peculiar play to part from one of his signature attributes, that has undoubtedly propelled Post Malone into the stratosphere we presently find him in. Aided by autotune and a heavy pitch shift that evokes noise-pop duo 100 Gecs, Posty sings of celebrating life with a “motley crew” of friends, his cars, and his lavish life where “No rubber band is big enough,” alluding to his financial status.
The track lays on a bed of dynamic tension hip-hop beat. With the poppier tracks that populated his 2019 album Hollywood’s Bleeding, it is clear Post Malone heard fans when they voiced opinions on the divergence from his rap roots on the multi-platinum-selling album. Knowing the pop music side only had so much rope left in regard to his career trajectory, the return to hip-hop makes sense for Post Malone.
In the accompanying music video, Posty is at a race track. With his signature solo cup and cigarette combo in tow, the 25-year-old appears with NASCAR drivers and a slew of noted players in hip-hop, as well as the aforementioned Lee and Yaweh. Hip-hop appearances in the video include Big Sean, SAINt JHN, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, and French Montana.
Mötley Crüe fans dropping in for a tribute song for their beloved band will be left confused, as the track mentions the band in name, but not context. “Motley Crew” is deployed literally in this case, referring to Posty’s friends he rolls with when partying — so sorry, Mötley Crüe fans.