Get ready to embark on one of the most lit musical excursions with this week's essential tracks list featuring none other than Travis Scott.
It goes without saying that Travis Scott is easily one of the most interesting and dominating forces in modern day Hip Hop. From the time he stepped into the industry, La Flame established himself as a purveyor of a new rage based sound and culture and captivated his cult-like fan base with his incendiary sound and explosive presence. However, Travis Scott hasn't always been such a household name.
In fact, for this Houston born and bred spitter, things didn't start to get rolling until 2012 partially because of co-signs he received from legendary artists like Kanye West and T.I. Travis, real name Jacques Webster, Jr. started producing and making music with his longtime friends and classmates as early as 2008. Though he was a part of a couple of duos and released several projects with those collectives between the years of 2008 and 2010, Travis didn't see any real success until he went out on his own. More specifically, that first real taste of success came late in 2012 after Travis had left college and spent some time in Washington, New York with Illroots owner Mike Waxx before making a move to Los Angeles. Shortly after the move to LA, Travis' music caught the ears of T.I., who heard his song "Lights (Love Sick" and immediately reached out to set up a meeting.started to happen extremely fast after Travis met T.I. as he signed multiple deals including his deals with Epic Records and Very GOOD beats in 2012, in addition to his first big placement on the G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album
Shortly after that initial encounter with TIP, things started to happen extremely fast for Travis as he signed with multiple major labels including his deals with Epic Records and Very GOOD beats in 2012, in addition to his first big placement on the G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album Cruel Summer. Then, in 2013 La Flame was named as one of the members of XXL's freshman class and built onto his hype as with the release of his song "God Level" and the news of his new deal with T.I's Grand Hustle imprint.
Then in May 2013, Travis Scott's defining moment as an artist had finally come with the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Owl Pharaoh. What follows is a torrent of groundbreaking and glass ceiling shattering music from the budding producer and rapper. Though he has only released three official projects since his entry into the industry in 2012, all three projects have been substantially successful and Travis has managed to build onto his colossal stature as a tastemaker with each release.
This week's essentials pack attempts to break down the continuously momentous rise of La Flame over the course of his career with each release. To be fair though, we hit it very hard trying to pick and choose only 10 of Travis Scott's most essential tracks. That said, enjoy 20, or 21, of La Flame's most lit tracks.