Travis Scott covers the latest issue of Complex, in which he talks about a range of topics, from his debut album Rodeo, critics, his relationship with Rihanna and more.
Below are a few excerpts. See the full story at Complex.
And Rihanna. Travis avoids directly putting a label on his budding relationship, laughing and imploring me to not “do [me] like that, man” when I ask about it as delicately as possible. I am, however, able to get him to describe her in three words: “creative,” “inspiring,” and, after a long pause (and some assistance from Corey), “muse.”
It’s then that he has arguably his most unguarded moment during the time we spend together, kissing his right index and middle finger and then touching the low-res image of Rihanna’s face, caressing the screen, and glowing with pride. It’s honest and touching and f*cking adorable.
On rap critics:
“I saw some sh*t where on ‘Oh My Dis Side’ [somebody said] I got the melody from Future’s ‘Rich $ex,’ which is so weak and lame. That’s one of my favorite songs, but my album was made before the Future album came out. Metro [Boomin] stayed at my crib for, like, nine months and made mad beats that made it onto Future’s album. I’m like, damn if only they knew.”
“My music isn’t rappity-rap-rap-rap. I base my music off of lifestyle and emotion—that’s why my music has a lot of chords, even if it’s a hard-a** joint. I consider myself an artist, which is, like, the most played term, but I believe it.” He quickly adds: “Don’t get it twisted, I’m no bitch, n*gga got bars. But I’m not, like, super conscious. I don’t write, I just go in the booth. I’m attached to the beat. The beat speaks words. I love music.”
On the rollout of Rodeo:
“You was supposed to buy my album with an action figure and a USB. It would have been the illest sh*t ever. This was the opportunity to raise the bar and set the standard,” he says. “I feel like half the people who didn’t understand Rodeo didn’t because I made Rodeo with this idea of the packaging. That whole packaging was meant to complete my story, but just because I’m young and they didn’t trust the idea this type of sh*t happens. You gotta be Madonna or somebody for this type of sh*t to happen. We love [the label], they just need to get down with us faster.”
“We wanted that No. 1 so bad. This an L.”