New Music Review: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott
by Daryll Santos (twitter: @_daryllsantos)
Travis Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is fun, full of features, catchy hooks, beat changes, and great production. And at Jukebaux, we have two words for it: it’s lit.
I’ve been listening to Travis $cott (@TrvisXX) aka La Flame since his Mamacita days, and if there’s one thing that Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight made me feel, it’s that Travis is growing as an artist. The more I listen, the more he’s starting to sound even more unique than he already does. I can’t even imagine hearing anyone pull off his dizzying but catchy style. Through his insane beat changes, elite production quality, and catchy hooks, Travis Scott’s “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is definitely a must-listen.
Reviews of my personal favorites from Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (in order):
- Through the Late Night ft. Kid Cudi: Travis and Scott (lol) make for a perfect blend with both of their unique sounds, with their combination creating a rhythm that you just can’t get off of. Who knows why they barely got a song together!? Also, pay close attention to the 2nd verse for an ode from Travis to his idol. Side note: Kid Cudi is the greatest hummer in the history of music, hands down.
- The Ends (Ft. Andre 3000): The introductory track into Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight starts off with a somber, mesmerizing minute, then switches into this chill, but fast rhythm of Travis showing us the bars he’s got. Towards the end, Andre 3k shows us what he’s got, too. Not bad for someone that was actually only supposed to narrate the album.
- Wonderful (Ft. The Weeknd): This was my personal #summer16 turn up anthem. Back when dabbing was cool (RIP dab), it was impossible to not dab on the bass and groove to the rhythm. Only one word to describe this atmospheric club track: #lit.
- Goosebumps (Ft. Kendrick Lamar): One of the few chill songs on Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Consistent rhythm and beat, but a really smooth and fun groove in how Travis executes his verses. Kendrick comes in with the heat towards the end, per usual. Side note: Kendrick is the only rapper that I feel can pull off those otherwise weird voice changes.
- Way Back (Ft. Kid Cudi): Smooth and groovy. Travis uses an up and down flow to his verses that makes it so easy to ride on. With Kid Cudi in the background using his signature humming, this song is another example of the beautiful music Travis and Cudi can easily make together. Side note: Travis is forever killing it with the beat changes!!
- Beibs in the Trap (Ft. Nav): Sporting a heavy bass with probably the best hook in the album, Nav kills the hook with a catchy rhythm and hard-to-forget rhythm.
- SDP Interlude (Ft. Cassie): The beat changes in this psychedelic interlude are just insane. With 3 occurring within the first 1:30 of the song, this isn’t a song you listen to for consistency, but instead for variety. Cassie kills it in the background with her “smoke some, drink some, pop one”, using her silky smooth voice, giving listeners a nice break from the turn up to just relax one time.
- Sweet Sweet: Personally, this is probably the most lit song off the album and I expect this to be the radio banger. The production in this song makes it impossible for your head to stop bobbing, mixed with the catchy lyrics talking about a woman that’s as sweet as cocoa (chocolate) that only wants to do the coco (cocaine), skipping this song is an absolute no-no.
Overall, Travis Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is full of great production, catchy lyrics, awesome grooves, and will probably be one of the best albums of 2016. Our recommendation: go get that!
So, what do you think? Did Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight live up to the hype? What are your personal favorites?