Reviving “the Beat” With Some Travis Scott

By Trevor Jones

I would consider myself to be a music junkie, so I thought it would be fun to take a break from writing about cinema and kick off the revival of The Beat (a category for music related articles). And there would be no better way to recommence the section than to write about the Houston rapper, Travis Scott.

Travis Scott (AKA La Flame) is currently my second favorite rapper at the moment (King Kendrick obviously being number one). Ever since his surprising feature on Kanye’s 2012 compilation album Cruel Summer, a project containing hip-hop giants such as Jay Z and Pusha T, he has not looked back. In a short time, the 25- year-old has transformed himself from a kid with a few mixtapes on Myspace to a hip-hop mogul with two impeccable studio albums, Rodeo (2015) and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), under his belt.

If you are too busy, or not quite convinced, to listen Scott’s projects top to bottom, here are some of my favorite tracks that I think you should listening to in preparation for his upcoming album Astroworld (disclaimer: it does not contain “Antidote” or “goosebumps” because everyone has heard those two tracks, unless you’ve been living under a rock):

From Rodeo:

“90210 (feat. Kacy Hill)”

A track with beautiful vocals (as well as that trademark Travis Scott autotune), a catchy chorus, and an INSANE beat switch.

“Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)”

One of the most hype songs on the record contains a nasty guitar progression intertwined into the beat and more importantly, a feature from Quavo. Hopefully this excellent track previews the bangers that will be on their collab project that is scheduled to released in the near future.

 

From Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight:

“the ends (feat. Andre 3000)”

A magnificent opening track that showcases Scott’s matured lyricism, and sound. Plus, the Three Stack’s verse adds to his excellent year of features (vocals on Frank Ocean’s Blonde, ATCQ’s final album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, and Kid Cudi’s, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’)

“way back (feat. Kanye West & Kid Cudi)”

One of his most slept on songs that’s perfect for turning up. I’ll leave it at that.

 

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