This past weekend, Travi$ Scott headlined the Festival Stage at Summer Jam, and though a parking lot full of teenage ragers eagerly awaited one of his signature high-octane performances, it was clear from the get-go that Travi$ was vexed at HOT 97 for not letting him inside the stadium for the main event. Unfortunately, Trav's usual blend of rage and adrenaline was fueled by his own conceit, and his semantics overshadowed the "Rodeo" that Trav usually incites at his shows.
There were highlights, though, such as when he debuted the lead single off Rodeo to a huge response. The next day, we got the CDQ, and learned "3500" was a collaboration from some of the biggest names in Atlanta. Indeed, each of their contributions can be heard on the single, which clocks in at just under eight minutes. We heard Future take the intro during Summer Jam, and we thought it might be him on the hook: A dark, 56 Nights-style thug cry: "Only trill niggas I know." But, a little less slurred, it's actually Travi$. Later on in the Zaytoven & Metro Boomin-produced banger, Future gives us an extended verse, as does Tity Two Necklace.
Some non-ATL producers also help out on the beat, including: GOOD's in-house OG Mike Dean (who plays guitar for Trav on tour), Mano (Kanye's former DJ), and Allen Ritter. You won't find a better production lineup on a track all year, save for maybe "All Day," which also featured Mike, Allen, and Travi$.
The title shows up on the hook: "3500 for the coat." That's seems about Trav's price range, though he recently shared an Instagram of an article from the gossip wing of the New York Post, the headline of which read: "Is North West wearing a $3,500 coat?"
Drugs, as is typical with Travi$ and Future, make up much of the song's content. The hook starts with, "30's in the city movin' slow," which could suggest rim size, but more likely, as "only real niggas stay afloat," refers to 30mg Percocets, an Rx that Future "proudly" ingests later on his verse. Future is battling substances harder than he did on Monster here, notifying us: "You can smell promethazine when I piss." The next line goes: "I pray to God he bring me Actavis." Lord, check this man into rehab.
In the next verse, 2 Chainz lets us know he's been real since Day 1: "I was born with a mean mug / I was born with some nappy hair / Drinkin' breast milk out a lean cup."