Tank God, the 20-year-old co-producer of Post Malone and 21 Savage‘s “rockstar,” has signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, Billboard confirms. The young producer, who says he also received offers from Universal and BMG, among others, told Billboard in a phone interview about his decision to go with the firm.
“When I was going to make my decision about who to sign to, I was looking for who would push me and make me the main focus, not just as a producer but also as an artist, and whatever I want to do they’d have my best interest at heart,” he said. “And I felt like Sony/ATV, their vibe was what I was looking for.”
The success of “rockstar,” Tank God’s first-ever published song, led to a surge in publicity surrounding Tank and co-producer Louis Bell, with many attracted to the song’s woozy, brooding beat. “rockstar” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 following its release Sept. 15, and subsequently charged to No. 1 in its fourth week, where it has remained ever since; the song, which has spent six weeks atop the Streaming Songs chart, has been garnered 303.1 million on-demand streams in the U.S. through Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music.
With four straight weeks atop the chart, the song becomes the longest-running No. 1 for a hip-hop song this year, and the record-tying fifth rap song to top the Hot 100 in 2017, following Cardi B‘s “Bodak Yellow” (three weeks), DJ Khaled‘s “I’m The One” feat. Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber & Quavo (one week), Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble” (one week) and Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee” feat. Lil Uzi Vert (three weeks).
“‘rockstar’ got a lot of success and opened a lot of doors for me,” Tank God added. “[The deal] allows me to be more creative, broaden my catalog with artists, songwriters and producers, [and] to tap into film and those types of other things that I couldn’t do on my own.”
The song’s success is a particular surprise for the producer, who crafter the beat during finals week while attending the University of Hartford. Tank — who released an independent self-titled project in July with contributions from the likes of Swizz Beatz and Rich the Kid — signed to Post Malone manager Dre London‘s London Ent. management company, and is set to have more production work on Post’s upcoming sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys.
“I’m just making sure I’m on top of things, music-wise, and setting things up for the future,” he said about his plans moving forward. Reflecting on the song’s success, he was humble. “It’s surreal. I can’t believe that now it’s a worldwide record. I mean, I believe it — I always believe in my music — but it’s just crazy how people were so receptive to it. Never give up on your dreams, always fight for what you believe; in no matter who tells you you can’t do something, if you believe in it just go for it and never stop. That’s the biggest takeaway from the success of this record. That’s what I believe.”