Travis Scott: Uncovered

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Travis Scott: Uncovered

Armin Charkhkar, Writer

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In the more recent years, the genre of rap has gained immense notoriety for displaying various influential artists such as Drake, J.Cole, Migos, Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Tyler, The Creator, ASAP Rocky, and many more. However, one of the most notable and popular rappers is without a doubt Travis Scott. Since first gaining notoriety from his hit single “Antidote” off his album Rodeo, La Flame’s legacy has skyrocketed with contribution from consistent album production.

Born Jacques Webster on August 30th, 1992, the Houston native rapper was raised in Missouri City in a middle-class suburban family. Scott ended up attending and graduating from Elkins High School, and he enrolled at the University of Texas San Antonio. However, his passion for music, which he was heavily influenced by his musician father, interfered with his college endeavors. Eventually, La Flame would drop out of college sophomore year and solely focus on his music. Incredibly disappointed, Webster’s parents cut off funding him financially, leaving their son on his own while traveling across the country to pursue his dream. Scott would initially move to Washington, New York, but a combination of a lack of progression and an acquaintance promising him housing in California lead to Scott moving to the west coast. However, the acquaintance fell through with the promise a little too late, and Scott was left without a home in California. Scott moved back to Houston, where his parents kicked him out of their house. Luckily, Travis was able to stay at a friend’s house back in California. While living in California, Travis would receive recognition from Atlanta rapper T.I. on a production titled “Lights (Love Sick).” Such recognition would grow into development of Scott’s notoriety and new relations with many other popular music producers such as Kanye West. Before 2015, Scott gained a significant amount of nods from producers and rappers in producing two projects named “Owl Pharaoh” and “Days Before Rodeo.” Heading into the year 2015, Travis dropped his Freshman year album Rodeo (one of my personal favorites), which gained mass praise through hit songs such as “Antidote” and “3500.” The GOOD Music artist would follow this production up with the 2016 confirmation of his second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, as well as his third album, ASTROWORLD. Scott delivered, with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight becoming Travis’ first number one album on the US Billboard 200. Later into April of 2017, rumors were confirmed that Travis Scott working on a collaborative album with Quavo titled Huncho Jack Jack Huncho. December 21, 2017, marked the release day for the joint album, which landed at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. Scott went back to work on ASTROWORLD, which was rumored to release in 2017, but it ended up releasing in August of 2018. Both the album itself and the single “SICKO MODE” off the album reached their respective album and singles billboards at number one. While many believed that would be the last of Travis Scott for a while until a next album, Scott was featured on five of the tracks off Metro Boomin’s debut album NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES. As of most recent, 21 Savage’s sophomore album, I am > I was, featured a deluxe edition with a song titled “Out For The Night Pt.2,” which contains arguably one of Travis Scott’s best features yet. It goes without saying that the past few years have been massively successful for Travis Scott, especially as he continues his ASTROWORLD tour around the country, which has cemented his spot as one of the most electrifying and clever music producers of our generation.

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