Hailed as one of the most innovative albums of not only the summer but possibly the year, Houston raised rapper Travi$ Scott released his freshman album “Rodeo” on Sept. 4. This powerful and intriguing album is full of all the things that make Scott great, his heavy expertise on the nightlife and women.
It was in August 2014 that Scott made his name known with the single “Upper Echelon,” later dropping his studio mixtape “Days Before Rodeo.” The mixtape featured rappers such as Young Thug, Migos, Peewee Longway and even the sultry rock band The 1975.
Following in the footsteps of the diverse features on “Days Before Rodeo,” Scott incorporated well known artists such as Young Thug, The Weeknd and Kanye West, who is featured on the album’s eighth track “Piss On Your Grave.” There is also a variety of sounds on the album thanks to features introducing artists such as Glo Gang Chief Keef to broody Justin Bieber on “Maria I’m Drunk” and ending with the mystery of underground artist Toro y Moi.
Rodeo was heavily influenced by Scott’s typical muses women and the nightlife. In the beginning of the album we hear a crooning Scott singing about flashing lights, getting high, his exes and the need to fill the void to continue being in love. As the album pushes further along we get to the peak of a rowdy night. Suddenly, as we enter the latter half of the track list listeners begin to experience the come down of a high energy and a heavy hearted rapper.
The first couple times I listened to this album I instantly picked up on my favorites, the light and airy “90210”, the slower “Maria I’m Drunk” and my favorite slower tempo song “Impossible.”
As I repetitively blasted the album in my car on my Dutch Bros runs, I began to hear keynotes from the faster paced songs that I really enjoyed. “Night Crawl” was originally not one of my favorites but the more I listened to it, I realized how incredible it was for Scott to have Swae Lee from the duo Rae Sremmurd and Chief Keef on the same track. That’s pure genius. Produced by one of hip hop’s favorites, Metro Boomin, this track managed to grab each of the artists, sounds and blend them into a fun song that’s great for going out.
Full of diversity and hidden layers, “Rodeo” clearly illustrates the effort put into it. Intricate, detailed and abstract we get a medley of different tempos and sounds, all intricately weaving a rugged story of a young man living his dream, living through the rodeo.