The rapper gave birth, a few days ago, to one of the big hip hop projects of the year!
A$AP Rocky's testing hype fell a bit, Drake almost unanimously disappointed us with his Scorpion, and Kanye West finally convinced only a handful of fans. What about the hip-hop record of the summer? And if the answer came from Jacques Webster a.k.a Travis Scott ...
Three years have passed since the release of Rodeo, the first album to immediate international success. Then there was the consecration with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, a year later, where Ye's illegitimate son displayed his ambitions with great blows of intricate pieces and infinite radiation bangers. Soon, the Texan MC announced that he had been working for a long time on a project called Astroworld, the park in Houston, TX where he had spent so much time as a kid. After long months of waiting, Astroworld Travis Scott version finally opens its doors.
And it starts strong with "Stargazing"! A powerful piece cut for the live that expresses all the duality of the character of Webster: a first very codéinée part marked by the influence of Kanye West 808 era with an overflowing energy, then a second to the more refined product where the Another facet of the character is a perfect rapper and takes against some detractors who could reproach him for hiding too much behind the autotune. An indispensable banger of this year that precedes a series in the same quest as "Can not Say" with a strong chorus of Don Toliver (a name to follow closely elsewhere) or the awesome single in the making "Who? What!" where is the three Migos.
In the single section, impossible to miss "Stop Trying to be God", clipped a few days after the release of the album, where Travis Scott takes us a little further in his imagination with great blows of dragons. The song is more peaceful, almost more mature by betting on new colors in the career of the rapper, thanks to this loop of harmonica signed Stevie Wonder, the voices of James Blake or Kid Cudi and the Germans Cubeatz to production.
Since we're talking about "Astroworld" guests, what about "Skeletons" featuring Tame Impala, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams? Although this is the title where the Texan is the most erased record, it is nonetheless exceptional by the meeting of these four behemoths of the music industry: Kevin Parker in production, a couplet rapped by Travis Scott, the chorus returns to The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams gives himself a most famous cameo. Note also the presence of 21 Savage on "NC-17" which could have been the project last Halloween of the native of Atlanta, Thundercat and John Mayer on the intriguing "AstroThunder" or Swae Lee who comes discreetly pose some lines on the tribute title to DJ Screw, "RIP Screw".
Finally, how not to mention "Carousel" and "Sicko Mode" both produced by Hitboy (Mr. "Niggas in Paris"). On one side there is "Carousel", a little pleasure that superimposes samples of Notorious BIG and Beastie Boys and a Frank Ocean for whom our love is without equal. On the other, the unpredictable "Sicko Mode", with a Drake in great shape and the ghost of Big Hawk. The banger of the school return.
If Astroworld meets the expected commercial success, is it the one that gives Travis Scott a real head start? This third album is undoubtedly his most successful record and is full of topics of debate (we have deliberately ignored some pearls that we leave you to discover). However, it suffers from a time when extended projects allow to take a larger share of streaming services before falling into disuse although faster than ten years ago. Anyway, married to a Jenner and young dad, stage performances that make you fantasize, impeccable studio work and an artistic entourage that brings together all genres ... Is the Texan finally archetype of contemporary rockstar ? Only public knows.