Perhaps you’ve never heard about Travis Scott. It’s plausible, if you’re not one for brooding, bass-thumping rap music.
Maybe you just learned about Travis Scott after anonymous sources said last week that he is expecting a baby with teen heartthrob Kylie Jenner. But he has long been a star, a Kanye West protégé who would be easy to miss if you’re not that into rap. Where most rappers clamor for spotlight and fame, Scott has flown relatively under the radar — that is until you get to know him.
In fact, no matter your familiarity with Scott, there are a few things you should know about Kylie Jenner’s unconfirmed, soon-to-be baby daddy.
But first, you should watch this:
That is Travis Scott atop an animatronic eagle the size of a sedan in the middle of his set while opening for Kendrick Lamar on this year’s DAMN. tour. Why, you ask? Is Travis Scott a die-hard American patriot? Is he a curious ornithologist looking to study lift while listening to trap music? Does he just have an affinity for feathers?
Nope. None of the above. He got the idea for the prop after visiting Legoland, a haven for Lego lovers in San Diego.
This video is perhaps the perfect encapsulation of who Scott is. His concerts aren’t musical acts so much as they are riots, in which fans leap from third story balconies and snap appendages.
Travis Scott is walking chaos, armed with the energy to fuel a football stadium and willingness to test the edges of authority.
So where’d he come from?
You can thank Kanye West for this one, which perhaps explains the connection to the Jenners. Scott is one of the many young hip-hop stars pulled into early fame by West. He is signed to Kanye’s label as a producer, and reportedly worked behind the scenes on West’s Yeezus, in 2013. That’s the same year he released his first mixtape, titled Owl Pharaoh. (Yeah, told you, he’s got a thing for birds.) Since he’s released full fledged hits like “Antidote,” and “Goosebumps” — both of which boast more than 225 million streams on Spotify.
Even if you’re sure you’ve never heard Scott’s music, you have. Or at least, you’ve heard the style of music he’s helped popularize. Future, Young Thug, even Migos have all built prospering careers on the rap/trap mixture that now dominate streaming charts. He was hardly the first one to do it, but even back in 2013, he’d have told you that he wasn’t a hip-hop artist, rather someone who approaches rap differently.
Did someone say riots?
Yes, many of them. Travis Scott was arrested following a show in Arkansas earlier this year, facing charges of endangering a minor, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot. At one show, Scott allegedly urged fans to jump the barricades and rush the stage, injuring a police officer, security guard, and many others.
To understand what a Travis Scott concert usually looks like, just watch this:
He was also forced offstage and arrested after pulling a similar stunt at Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival in 2015. He was charged with disorderly conduct and played for all of five minutes.
‘Don’t you open up that window’
If you’re not getting the idea by now, here it is: Travis Scott is a bit of a rebel. But if riots aren’t painting the whole picture, consider the lede of Rolling Stone‘s recently published feature on the so called ‘king of chaos’:
Travis Scott bursts into his dressing room on a scooter, trailing assorted entourage and radiating the rich aroma of good weed. He makes for a catering table lined with Fruit Roll-Ups, Honey Buns, Lucky Charms and – for good measure – two bottles of Don Julio 1942 tequila. He’s at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, about to face a sold-out crowd. “Let’s get this bitch turnt!” he yells at no one in particular, letting the scooter fall to the carpet.
You kind of have to admire it, actually. (Aside from the violence.) Scott does what he wants and doesn’t give a damn what you think. If he wants to play the same song 14 times in a row at one concert to set a world record, he will. If he wants to see fans leap from 30 feet high, he’ll ask. If he wants to turn his upcoming tour into a theme park, he will.
Just so long as there will be a giant animatronic eagle at the baby shower.
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