Written by: Traffic Willis (@TrafficWillis)
La Flame has delivered his (more than) highly anticipated LP, Astroworld. Scott’s third official album was inspired by the amusement park in Houston, which was demolished in 2005 without regard for the residents of the city. That theme park was called Six Flags: AstroWorld, - also the inspiration for the album title. Travis wanted to give the kids a soundtrack to have fun too, in light of the decimation of the theme park, which still remains a vacant lot.
This is perhaps Travis’s most cohesive and consistently captivating project to date. The tracklist leaves out the guest names of the extensive variety of features, such as Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, Drake, to name a few. The album showcases a rap-based delivery from Travis, as opposed to his previous projects where he used his immaculately engineered, signature autotune. Not to mention, the production is credited to a wide range of some of the most well-established names in the world, including Travis himself, John Mayer, Tame Impala along with OVO-Affiliated producers. The sampling used is classic and only enhances the vocals.
The tracklist is constructed methodically, as each track follows one another in a very fluid fashion. Drake’s feature on “SICKO MODE” is extremely fitting for Tay Keith’s production on the track, which was proven on Drake’s “Nonstop,” off of his recent milestone release, Scorpion. The Weeknd, another frequent collaborator, and ex-tour-mate remained strong on his two appearances on the project. Frank Ocean delivered an unreal feature on “CAROUSEL,” which was the first of Frank that we have heard in quite a while. Kid Cudi’s signature, heavenly hum accompanied “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” including a rare James Blake falsetto ballad. Travis delivers a positive message on this laidback piece of work, proclaiming handy advice that attempts to humble the masses with allayed vibrations.
Overall, the Houston-born rapper/producer proves his rapid growth and is approaching the top with competition. It will be no surprise if Travis receives a Grammy Nomination for this project. Check out Travis Scott’s revolutionary album, ASTROWORLD, streaming on all platforms now.