Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace are used to hanging around a G.O.A.T. these days, but how about a “rockstar?”
The 23XI Racing co-owner Hamlin and driver Wallace had face time in the latest video from American rapper and singer/songwriter Post Malone, a track called “Motley Crew,” which also features former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. The longtime rock mainstay Lee was also the 2019 Auto Club grand marshal and hyped up Cole Custer for last year’s playoffs.
Shot at Auto Club Speedway, the video features the pair of Cup Series stars along with four NASCAR Racing Experience cars: Wallace’s Root Insurance car, a 23XI wrap representing Hamlin, the traditional NRE No. 43 and a Raising Cane’s Chicken wrap. The video story line involves Malone racing against other NASCAR stock cars and winning the race before ultimately celebrating in Victory Lane with his “Motley Crew.”
“Had an incredible time shooting at Auto Club Speedway with Denny, Bubba and everyone else that came out to party,” Malone said. “Thank you to my NASCAR family.”
The new track, which dropped Friday, is the first fresh music from Malone since releasing his Hollywood’s Bleeding album in 2019. Malone’s accolades include 10 Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. He also has received six Grammy nominations during his career.
“The Post Malone video was a good time,” Hamlin said. “I’m a fan of Post Malone and to be able to represent NASCAR and 23XI Racing in his latest music video was great. We experienced their side of things, now I’d love to get those guys to a race and show them around our team and the ins and outs of NASCAR, take them around the track in one of our Camrys and let them get the true feel of our cars. It was a good day overall. Looking forward to seeing the finished video this week with everyone else.”
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) July 9, 2021
Notable guest appearances in the video, which was directed by Cole Bennett and co-produced by DreVision Media, include Lee, Wallace, Hamlin, Big Sean, French Montana, Kerwin Frost, LoveLeo, SAINt JHN, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Pressa, Trinidad James and Tyla Yaweh, who performed the bespoke version of “All the Smoke” for this year’s Daytona 500 before attending the race.
“It was a really cool experience,” Wallace said. “The whole thing came together pretty quick, but great opportunity and a lot of fun. These are the things that we need to continue to do to bring new eyes and fans to our sport. From meeting Post Malone, everyone involved, being in the video, seeing it all come together, whirlwind 24 hours, but awesome time.”
This isn’t the first time Wallace and Malone have crossed paths. Back in 2018 during the height of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the avid gamer recruited Malone and fellow rapper Drake to “squad up” with him in the survival game.
u have good taste in video games my friend. I'm in🎸🎸🎸💕💕🍻🍻🍷
— Post Malone (@PostMalone) August 16, 2018