Travis Scott


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Owl Pharaoh (2013) , 5/10
Days Before Rodeo (2014), 5/10
Rodeo (2015), 6/10
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), 4/10
Astroworld (2018), 5/10
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Houston's rapper and singer Jacques "Travis Scott" Webster, discovered by Kanye West, emerged as a trap innovator with the mixtapes Owl Pharaoh (2013), virtually a trap version of Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon (as in Bad Mood Shit On You) and of Kanye West's My Beatiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (as in Hell Of A Night) with a lot of interesting ideas, if half-baked ones (Drive, Dance on the Moon, Upper Echelon), and the more professional Days Before Rodeo (2014), produced by Lex Luger, Metro Boomin, Southside and many others, that contains the radio-friendly Don't Play and Mamacita, but is less adventurous.

The overlond autotune-heavy Rodeo (2015), produced by Pharrell Williams, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin and Kanye and many others, and featuring collaborators such as Young Thug, Future, and Weeknd, was obviously a marketing project but also a sincere attempt at establishing the psychedelic branch of trap music. Much sounds derivative: the catchy single Antidote, the punk-industrial Piss On Your Grave (the Kanye West collaboration, that borrows from the fashionable Yeezus sound), Oh My Dis Side (ad-libs by Quavo of Migos) the Kid Cudi-esque Pornography, etc. But the standout 90210 with Kacy Hill, the eight-minute 3500, Nightcrawler and Wasted were more creative than the average trap album of the time.

The other big event of the year was the single Pick Up the Phone, a collaboration with Young Thug, later incorporated in the otherwise lame second album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016).

Astroworld (2018) was mostly commercial filler (even if hyped like Carousel with Frank Ocean) although sometimes intriguing (Sicko Mode with Drake), but also included the eccentric productions of Stop Trying to be Good and No Bystanders.

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(Translation by/ Tradotto da Damiano Langone)

Il cantante/rapper Jacques "Travis Scott" Webster, originario di Houston e scoperto da Kanye West, emerge come innovatore della trap con i suoi primi due mixtape: Owl Pharaoh (2013) quasi la versione trap di Man On The Moon di Kid Cudi (come si pu notare in Bad Mood Shit On You) e del Kanye West di My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (in Hell Of A Night), ed pieno di idee interessanti, anche se non del tutto a fuoco (Drive, Dance On The Moon, Upper Echelon); Days Before Rodeo (2014), prodotto da Lex Luger, Metro Boomin, Southside e altri ancora, contiene le radiofoniche Don't Play e Mamacita ed senza dubbio pi professionale, ma meno coraggioso.  

 

Il prolisso Rodeo (2015), caratterizzato da un massiccio uso di autotune, annovera nomi di rilievo, sia in veste di produttori (Pharrell Williams, Zaytoven, Metro Booming, Kanye West e altri ancora), sia come collaboratori (Young Thug, Future e The Weeknd), e nonostante sia una abile operazione di marketing si qualifica anche come sincero tentativo di arricchire la trap di un elemento inedito: la psichedelia. Molto suona derivativo: il singolo orecchiabile Antidote, il punk-industrial Piss On Your Grave (qui con Kanye West che ricicla i suoni del suo Yeezus), Oh My Dis Side (con improvvisazioni di Quavo dei Migos), il brano alla Kid Cudi Pornography, e cos via, ma 90210 (la traccia migliore, con Kacy Hill), 3500 (lunga ben 8 minuti), Nightcrawler e Wasted garantiscono una dose di creativit ben superiore a quella fornita da molti album trap della stagione.

 

L'altro evento rilevante del 2015 il singolo Pick Up The Phone, in collaborazione con Young Thug. Il brano viene successivamente inserito in Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight (2016), secondo album pieno di incertezze.

 

Astroworld (2018) realizzato pi che altro con brani commerciali di poco conto (anche se molto pubblicizzati, come Carousel in coppia con Frank Ocean), ma alcune tracce risultano comunque intriganti (Sicko Mode, insieme a Drake) e altre si distinguono per le produzioni eccentriche (Stop Trying To Be Good e No Bystanders).