Travi$ Scott – Rodeo

After releasing 2 mixtapes in both 2013 & 2014 respectively, GOOD Music in-house producer/Grand Hustle Records signee Travi$ Scott is finally releasing his full-length debut. The song “Wasted” sees Travi$ & founding 3 6 Mafia member Juicy J talking about getting drunk over a druggy beat from Metro Boomin’. The song “Nightcrawler” is a turn-up track & while I find both the production & Travi$’ verse on here to be ok, the 2 guest verses from Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd as well as Glo Glang leader Chief Keef actually ruin the vibe for me (especially the latter). The song “Piss on Your Grave” is an abrasive “fuck you” to all the executives & while I do enjoy the beat as well as the verse Travi$ brings to the table, I have mixed feelings on the guest verse from Kanye West. Sure the delivery’s hard, but his lyrics on here don’t really progress a whole lot to me. On the track “Antidote”, Travi$ talks about smoking weed & popping pills over a really hard trap beat & I personally find Travi$’ vocals on this song to be INFECTIOUSLY catchy. The song “Flying High” is about being high on drugs & while I love Travi$’ flow on here as well as the Toro y Moi feature & Pharrell’s production, I wish there were 2 more verses instead of just 1. On the song “I Can Tell”, Travi$ is telling “tales that’ve never been told before” but I love how he takes a more sincere serious tone throughout the song. The closing track on the standard edition of the album “Apple Pie” is about Travi$’ desires to make his own legacy & I actually love the piano chords during the hook quite a bit. The song “Ok Alright” with Black Hippy member ScHoolboy Q is the first of 2 bonus tracks on the deluxe version of the album & it’s another party anthem that starts off hard but halfway through, the song sounds a lot more ambient. I also love SZA’s interlude during this 2nd half of the song as well. While I do enjoy some tracks on both Owl Pharaoh & Days Before Rodeo, those 2 mixtapes didn’t really blow me away as much as this album surprisingly did. Here, Travi$ came through with an album that sounds really focused & contains tracks that’re mostly enjoyable. Here’s to him hopefully improving himself like this in the near future

Score: 3.5/5

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