Travi$ Scott is one of hip hop’s hottest acts right now, particularly onstage. Selling out venues, his energetic performance at Lollapalooza, sharing the stage with Kanye West and The Weeknd are just a handful of his achievements. While on this incredible high, Travi$ has dropped his major label debut album, Rodeo, one of the most anticipated hip hop releases of the year.
Smooth and edgy beats, predictable auto tune and some snappy lyrics are what to expect, so you already know that you’re in for traditional modern hip hop. Notable collaborations made the cut, the nearly 8 minute-long 3500 features 2 Chainz and Future and the three rappers spit out their parts over a subtle beat; Pray 4 Love is catchier, with The Weeknd working his vocal magic for this one; even Justin Bieber and Young Thug’s contributions don’t disappoint on Maria/I’mDrunk
The collaborations are the highlights of Rodeo. Unfortunately a handful of the other songs are a let down. Piss On Your Grave features Kanye West, the melody of the chorus can be compared to Tsunami by DVBBS & Borgeous (feat. Tinie Tempah), but the track overall doesn’t leave a mark. Perhaps his renowned live performances make up for the not as easy to receive recordings.
As a rising star Travi$ Scott has potential. Rodeo was a highly anticipated release, but the overall sound and delivery of many of the tracks kind of fizzled the hype. It would have fared better as an entire album of collaborations, or shortened as an EP. That’s not to say that any of Scott’s future releases won’t hit the mark, so it would be a mistake not to keep an eye on him.