Travis Scott Finds His Wings and Soars on Sophomore Album
By: Thomas Hankins (@tomhanks77)
To many, Travis Scott is not a household name. Quite contrary, Scott may be someone your mother does not approve of. You may have heard one of his songs on the radio recently, or even at a friend’s house party but to the average music consumer you probably couldn’t name more than 3 songs by him. Although you may not know the name “Travis Scott”, I guarantee you know at least one if not all of the big named artists he’s worked with such as Jay Z, Kanye West, T.I., The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and many more.
Scott is currently signed to two different labels those being, LA Reid & T.I.’s joint venture Epic Records/Grand Hustle as well as Kanye West’s GOOD Music for music production. In 2015 Scott released his highly anticipated debut album Rodeo in which he explores fame and the new rapper lifestyle he lives. But in 2016 after two world tours opening for both Rihanna and The Weeknd he aims to cement his place in the rap game and spread his wings with his sophomore album Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight.
Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight looks to use Scott’s full abilities when it comes to creating great music and giving his fans the best “La Flame”, a nickname given to him by fans for his burning ember personality, experience he knows how to. With features from artist’s such as Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd, Andre 3000 and many more not only does Travis fulfil the wants of his fans but he fully exceeds them.
The albums lead single “Pick Up the Phone”, which features Young Thug and Quavo (one third of the rap trio Migos), creates an overwhelming amount of hype for the approaching album. The steel drum lead synths, created by producer and continuous Drake collaborator Vinylz, pair well with Travis’ auto tuned singing and Young Thug’s extremely intense verse and would leave any concert, festival or party in a state of hype and pure joy.
The album shows us many of Scott’s influencers, with details such as complete beat switches like on the opening track “The Ends” featuring Andre 3000 similar to a style Kanye West is known for and harmonies similar to, and alongside possibly his biggest inspiration, Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi.
To say there is a small Kid Cudi influence on this album is an understatement. Everything from the beats which are very reminiscent to the sound of Cudi’s sophomore album, Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, to the melodies and harmonizing is similar to that of a Kid Cudi record. Mescudi is featured on the album more than once with a feature verse on the track “Through The Late Night” in which he harmonizes with himself in his signature humming style and raps about his use of drugs and having a enjoying his night on the drugs he takes. Travis ultimately pays homage to his idol on this track as well rapping lines from Cudi’s 2009 hit single “Day N Nite”:
“Day N Nite / I toss and turn I keep stress in my mind, mind / I seek the peace, sometimes I can’t restrain / To join a rage at night, come out and play, play.”
Grabbing features from new age superstars similar to Travis himself he pulls off a wide variety of song styles including everything from a Jamaican dancehall inspired track “Guidance” featuring up and coming artist K. Forest. To the Trap influenced “Outside” featuring 21 Savage who just recently released a collaboration project with super producer Metro Boomin. Even a love song featuring the R&B sensation Bryson Tiller on the track “First Take”. Travis seems to cover the whole musical spectrum and doesn’t disappoint in any area.
As a fan of Travis’ since 2013 I can absolutely say if you have been holding reservation on checking out his music I think this is a project you may want to introduce yourself with. Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight offers a little of something for everyone and leaves you wanting more of Travis for years to come. It remains to be seen what success this album will bring Travis Scott but I believe it’s possible to argue that he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon actually quite opposite, he may be coming for a crown in the not too distant future. May La Flame Live Forever.