In a recent interview with GQ, Texan recording artist Travis Scott made light about the controversy surrounding his London performance with Drake last month, championed his Houston upbringing and touted his next project.
Sitting down for the piece, he was asked about his recent fall on stage while performing at a Drake concert in London. The fall was dramatic to say the least, prompting the set to be temporarily cancelled. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the process. Travis made light of the situation, saying “I didn’t fall, dude, I flew. I was floating. I don’t fall. Shit, nothing happened. Floating is amazing. It’s like getting in a plane. I just flew, man. I’m a magician, like David Blaine. I could never fall. Drake is an amazing person. Also, a magician. He’s a big brother, super-talent, he’s cool.”
From there he shed some light on the process behind his collaborations. Some people have accused him of making big strategic pop collaborations for the sake of popularity rather than music. In response he said “nah, I wouldn’t make music with you if I didn’t know you. If you’re a good artist and if you know it as well, I’m down. So I don’t look at it as pop. I also look at the artist, for their voice or influence, their style of music. I don’t see it as pop.”
The artist is from Houston and he wants you to remember it. In a typical demonstration of confidence and bravado he paid tribute to his home town and its biggest cultural export, Beyoncé: “I feel like Houston is one of the leading things in music culture. Everyone loves the Houston culture. It needs to have its own monument, its own moment for artists like me, artists like Beyoncé who set it off. Beyoncé is like the highest level. We all reach for that level”.
Finally, Scott ended the interview by talking about his upcoming third studio album, titled ‘AstroWorld’. He said “the next record is called 'AstroWorld'. It might be the best music that I made. I have two records on the album that are like, man, they are the best. They tore down 'AstroWorld' to build more apartment space. That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.”
The piece comes at a time when Travis has made headlines for a recent picture with rising RnB star Tinashe in British GQ’s summer fashion preview. The image, shot by the infamous Terry Richardson (the man behind many of Miley Cyrus’ most controversial images back in 2013), features Tinashe boldly grabbing Travis’ crotch while Travis maintains the sort of blasé composure that he has become famed for.