It was a cold and rainy day in the middle of my freshman year of high school when I discovered Travis Scott. You might be concerned that a young, impressionable teen would be influenced by his SoundCloud hit “Drugs You Should Try It," but that wasn’t the case. It was 2014 and my mind was blown away by his slow, beautiful rapping. In that moment I knew I’d have to make room on my Katy Perry and Taylor Swift playlist for Scott’s methodical beats. Scott’s style was completely ahead of his time and introduced a style that inspired many other rappers.
Now, four years later, Scott has released a revolutionary album surprisingly suitable for the whole family. “ASTROWORLD” is a 17- track album named after a closed theme park in Scott’s home city of Houston, Texas. He dedicates his album to his now 6-month-old daughter, Stormi, according to Apple Music. The birth of Scott and Kylie Jenner’s daughter has brought a different crowd of listeners to “ASTROWORLD.” Though the album is dedicated to his daughter, his style is consistent with his past albums.
Scott makes albums that can cater to any situation you might find yourself in. He has trap music that you can dance to, slow, mellow music that you can cry to and everything in between to suit any mood in which you find yourself.
All of Scott’s albums have continuity that keeps the flow of his music. “Rodeo," his six-song EP that show Scott’s darker side and what happens after the come up from drugs and his life as a celebrity. “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is 14 songs album that shows Scott’s upbeat style. Both of his previous albums tell stories of parts of his life that the media never show and his latest album is no exception. “ASTROWORLD” gives listeners the experience of wandering around the theme park late at night while presumably on drugs.
The album’s intro, “STARGAZING,” is a song that personifies what people experience with psychedelics. Scott doesn't play any games with his lyrics and starts his album off with, “rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, got me stargazin'.” The song makes listeners almost dizzy with Scott’s intensely auto-tuned falsetto. The album makes a choppy transition into the next song “CAROUSEL," which has a much softer beat than “STARGAZING." The next few songs prepare listeners for the peak of the album, the song “5% TINT." I can only assume Scott feels the same way since the preceding song is “WAKE UP,” which may be used as a reminder for listeners to buckle up for what is to come.
“5 % TINT” begins with heavy bass and few lines. It slowly builds up to Scott’s shining moment where he begs the question, “Who’s that creepin’ through my window?" The song isn't fancy because it doesn't need to be. Scott talks about sex, drugs and cars in a way that anyone could ever dream about relating to. After a little over two minutes of the song, the beat halts and a new one replaces it for the outro. The outro of the song is eerie and can leave listeners feeling lost in whatever theme park we place ourselves in.
Scott’s style is a cocktail of his last two albums. The album shows his fun, happy side, but it also shows his pensive and serious side.
The last few songs bring the album and its listeners to a happy place where we can see the light out of the dark, yet intriguing theme park. The last song, “COFFEE BEAN,” has a quick, consistent and jazzy beat which helps bring the album to a pleasant end. While the album is quite the journey, it is well worth the ride.