Travis Scott is a Rapper/Producer from Houston signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music and T.I.’s Grand Hustle label. He is often regarded as Kanye West’s disciple or apprentice and his southern hip hop style is sometimes remarkably similar to West’s, with a lot of trap influences. His production experience is exceptional, and he is responsible for multiple tracks across Kanye’s Yeezus, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, and others. Besides production, Scott has been featured by numerous big artists, such as Meek Mill, Jay-Z, and Drake. Rodeo is Travis Scott’s debut studio album, following two mixtapes. Owl Pharaoh was released in May of 2013, and was followed by the cleverly named Days Before Rodeo in August of 2014.
Rodeo is the follow up to his dark, trap tape, Days Before Rodeo. The production on this newer album is remarkable improved, but Scott is still able to maintain his old flow, with slow, based tracks like Oh My Dis Side and Antidote.
Rodeo begins with the track Pornography, on which T.I. delivers a short summary of who Travis Scott is and his rebellion of authority, “[choosing] the mood of fuck this shit”. The rest of the track is great, as Scott gives a toned singing sample and follows with a strong rap performance. The next track, Oh My Dis Side was a little disappointing in the beginning with a mediocre feature from Quavo that sounded way too similar to vibes from Days Before Rodeo, but the last half of the track quickly makes up for it.
The album takes a huge upswing with the next four tracks. 3500 was released as a single earlier this year, and is truly one of the best songs on this project. With its huge bass and booming hook, “thirty-five hundred for the coat…only trill niggas I know”. The features by Future and 2 Chainz are also very well versed and go great with the mood of the track overall. 90210 is another banger on this project, with a very emotional performance from Scott and exceptional vocals from the unknown female feature (maybe Kacy Hill?).
Antidote is another single from Scott. This moody, based track comes right after the aggressive track, Piss On Your Grave, featuring Kanye West. These two songs seem like polar opposites, and the transition was probably not taken into consideration when the album was compiled. Piss On Your Grave wasn’t the best sound by Scott or West, but has more of a hard, club vibe. Antidote, however, is an excellent track and is probably one of Travis Scott’s greatest songs in general, with the smooth hook, “Don’t you open up that window, Don’t you let out that antidote, Poppin’ pills is all we know”, followed by a powerful and intense rap display towards the end.
Maria I’m Drunk is another great track on this project with excellent vocals throughout the track and an exceptional hook. This song is filled mostly with the features of Justin Bieber and Young Thug, but this definitely does not take away from Scott’s performance on the intro and hook. When I first saw Justin Bieber featured on the track I thought it was a mistake, but after listening, his part is surprisingly very well implemented and complements the mood of the song.
Overall, Rodeo is by far Travis Scott’s best work, with features from Future, The Weeknd, Kanye West, and Schoolboy Q. This album just shows how much Scott has learned from working with other big artists. The production on this album is way better than any of his mixtapes, and his overall performance is very good.
Favorite Songs: 90210, Antidote, Maria I’m Drunk