With the release of his third studio album AstroWorld hopefully coming sooner rather than later, Travis Scott (who was supposed to be featured on Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s KIDS SEE GHOSTS) has fans eagerly waiting for his next installment.
We’ve come to expect nothing but the best from Scott, who has given us four la flame emoji quality projects in the past four years, with no signs of slowing down. Travis blew up on the solo scene in 2013 with the many bangers of Owl Pharaoh, including the rowdy rager “Upper Echelon” and the hyped intro “Bad Mood/Shit On You.”
His studio album Rodeo didn’t disappoint either, giving us some of the best tracks in his catalog – with “Oh My / Dis Side” featuring classic ad-libs from Migo’s Quavo and “90210” with melodic vibes from Kacy Hill. Then came his most polished work yet, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. If the reception to BTSM is any indicator, his skills are still increasing. Which brings us to AstroWorld.
Will he address becoming a father, or his relationship with Kylie? Will we get another undefeated collaboration with Young Thug? When is it even dropping? If this tweet from Scott is any indication, it must be coming sooner than later.
With fans anxiously waiting to for the album to drop, let’s take a look back at all the heat La Flame has given us over the years. Dig into our top 20 Travis Scott songs of all time below.
20. “The Prayer”
With Wondagurl’s brooding bass and a wild assortment of drum patterns, this Days Before Rodeo intro opens the mixtape with a bang. “The Prayer” is a hauntingly beautiful production with two la flame verses from Travis discussing his many career accomplishments and glow-ups. A great set-up for the rest of the project.
19. “First Take”
Travis Scott and Bryson Tiller deliver a sleeper hit with “First Take.” The Houston rapper shows us his vulnerable side; opening up about a relationship with a women who he cannot be without, despite getting played by her. Bryson similarly details a woman only interested in his money, despite his love for her going much deeper than material wealth. Love is complex, and even the rap rockstar becomes victim of the dark side of love. We need more of this vulnerable Scott in the future, and can we please get more collaborations between these two?
18. “Biebs in the Trap”
Initially, fans thought Justin Bieber was on the track, which made sense considering his feature on “Maria I’m Drunk.” However Scott’s “beibs” refers to cocaine, continuing the longstanding tradition of using the names of white celebrities as euphemisms for the drug. Produced by the XO affiliate NAV, “Biebs in the Trap” is yet another certified club banger.
17. “Hell of a Night”
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a big influence on Scott’s music. What starts with a tambourine and a feel good loop of Fleet Foxes’ “Oliver James”, transitions into something that resemble West’s “Hell of a Life.” Scott documents his night through the lyrics starting with a “first kiss in the living room” gradually turning into the rapper and girl “doing drugs in the bedroom. “It’s a hell of a night for Heaven’s sakes/All you see is mountain and clouds, can’t hit the brakes,” he raps.
16. “Lights (Love Sick)”
Another Kanye inspired song came early in the Houston rappers career before the cosigns and major collabs. What sounds like an old Ye Graduation beat, is a spastic, electronic number that becomes so sonically stimulating that it caught the eye of T.I. and Mr. West. This is easily one of the most important songs in Scott’s career.
15. “Upper Echelon”
Is there a more explosive hook in Scott’s catalog than on “Upper Echelon?” Tip certainly holds his own, while 2 Chainz explores “Versace heaven,” but Trav’s cadence, and the repeated “Straight up!” and “That dope!” ad libs take center stage. It’s hard not to want to look for the nearest mosh pit after hearing “We so high, upper echelon (Straight up!)” For many fans, this was their introduction to Travis Scott. Not a bad first impression.
14. “Maria I’m Drunk”
“Maria, I’m Drunk” is late night “you up?” text music. Thuggers slur rap style fits perfectly with the drunken piano sample as Justin breaks necks with a surprising verse about wanting to “see what that booty do” during a late night in the studio. The song is riddled with great moments from all three, and will surely entice you to shoot your shoot next time you leave the club.
13. “Through the Late Night”
Thanks to Kid Cudi’s musical influence on Scott, “Through the Late Night” sounds like a beautiful sequel or spin off to the classic “Day N’ Night.” Cudi’s signature hum, which deserves its own section in the National Museum of African American History & Culture, serves as the best instrument to the song as Travis plays a strong support role next to his idol.
12. “Quintana Pt. 2”
Like its predecessor, “Quintana Pt. 2” brings the same finessing theme to Days Before Rodeo. Swapping out Wale for T.I., the King of the South drops a stellar Trap Muzik-esque verse sandwiched between this dual-sided anthem. Like most of Scott’s two-part tracks, the single shifts rapidly between slow and fast tempo beats with ease. By song’s end, your ears will feel satisfied as it wraps into a sonic package with a side of autotune-infused flexing.
Travis and Young Thug can do no wrong. Throw in Metro Boomin on production and you have a big three that could overthrow the Golden State Warriors. Contrary to popular belief, this “get high anthem” isn’t one at all. “Skyfall” is actually tailored toward older artists falling off and losing the ability to connect with the younger generation. However, it’s hard not to surrender your mind into a euphoric state after hearing one of Scott’s best hooks, singing, “The sky keep on fallin’, the drugs I keep callin’. They keep pickin’ up for me, they love me.”
Also, Thugger’s voice is one of the best of career, #ChangeMyMind.
10. “Way Back”
Scott’s ability to create two-part songs shines throughout “Way Back.” The first part is a more uptempo trap vibe that slowly transitions into a melodic flow. With assisted vocals from Kid Cudi, it’s hard skipping this track when it comes up. You’ll also never find another hit that successfully name drops James Harden, OJ Simpson, Coldplay, and Michael Phelps all on the same song. Underrated.
9. “Don’t Play”
The louder you play this, the better it sounds. Co-produced with Vinylz & Rhitter, “Don’t Play” features hard hitting 808 kicks, snappy claps, and snares and a smooth vocal sample from The 1975’s track “M.O.N.E.Y.” Add that with phenomenal verses from Scott and Big Sean, you got yourself an instant banger!
Have Travis Scott and Young Thug ever made a bad song together? Either way, their undeniable chemistry soars on “Mamacita” as they welcome us into their world of drugs, sex, partying, and debauchery. Rich Homie Quan’s relationship with Trav and Thug has since dissolved, but his contributions on this track shouldn’t go unnoticed either. Quan going verse for verse with Thugger over a menacing hard hitting distorted guitar strum and bass line is mind-numbingly brilliant.
7. “Pick Up the Phone”
“Pick Up The Phone” is a glow-up checkpoint for all three artists involved. Young Thug provides his usual hyperactive verse full of wordplay and vocal contortion over an aqueous and hypnotic beat. Travis delivers a fantastic hook while Quavo closes out with another great verse. It’s easily Scott’s most laid back banger and a stand out in Scott’s deep catalog.
Easily on of the best bangers of 2017, “Goosebumps” solidifies Travis as a pro hit maker. He may not be the best rapper in the game, but the way he captives you with just pure sound and his signature ad-libs “YAH”; “IT’S LIT!” is magical.
The evolution of “Upper Echelon” comes in the form of “3500,” another fantastic bit of trap that bleeds into the mainstream sounds with razor sharp production and a very, very loud beat. Lyrically, “3500” is like a designer drug; Travis and friends bring their A-games with verses fully devoted to flexing and partying. Maybe that’s why you can’t tell whether he’s saying “$3,500 for the coat,” or “$3,500 for the coke.” Either way works according to him, and we get an undeniable banger in the process.
4. “Drugs You Should Try It”
You’ll never want to try drugs more after listening to track four on Days Before Rodeo. This is essentially a drug-induced 808s & Heartbreak track with some signature Travis trap blending well with an electric guitar. Through this chilled, laid back beat, he opens up about falling in love while experiencing the side effects of being high. This track showcases how versatile Scott can be musically, a skill that continues to serve him well.
Although the song wasn’t slated to appear on the rapper’s debut studio album Rodeo, “Antiode” went on to become one of his best songs to date. With over 200 million views, it’s also his most popular song on YouTube. “Antidote” is the perfect blend of all things we love about Scott’s music: the trap, the grunge, the ad-libs, and a phenomenal beat by Wondagurl, it’s an easy hit. It’s a song for the real ragers, as fans collectively shout “Poppin pills is all we know!” during a wild night out.
God this song is so good. From the auto crooning that Travis is known for is at its peak to the melodic contrast of Kacy Hill’s heavenly vocals – it creates such a fantastic balance of sweet and savory. “90210” also melds Scott’s past and present together as one as he sings about his life in LA at the beginning.
Then there’s the dynamic beat change midway through, adding sharp punching drums as Travis finally starts to rap about personal relationships with his parents and grandmother dealing with his success. The change in vocal delivery along with the production represents the clarity he has achieved with his fame. The transition from dark and grimy to light and bouncy is next level, and helps solidify Scott has a musical icon.
1. “Oh My / Dis Side”
“Oh My / Dis Side” goes from speeding on the highway during rush hour to a chill slow drive by the ocean at night. The track is best of both worlds. The production on “Oh My” is an instant banger, with a guitar heavy slapper that slowly transitions into a beautiful relaxing, R&B sample melody. Featuring sensational adlibs from Quavo who adds so much charisma without even having a verse. As soon as you hear “I’m counting up nothing but Benjamin’s right now (Money!)” you’re instantly pressing repeat.
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