The anticipation for the forthcoming release from Houston’s own and G.O.O.D Music in-house producer, Travis Scott, AKA, La Flame, is long overdue. Nearly three years after announcing the project, release of his critically acclaimed second studio album, ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKinght’ and his collaborative LP with Migos’ frontman, Quavo; Scott has built up a lot of energy and mystery around the release for his third album.
Since his last two releases, Scott has kept himself, musically quiet. With a few appearances on others track and the single, “Watch” with Kanye and Lil Uzi, there’s nothing else but La Flame fans’ anticipation bubbling like an asleep volcano.
Anyway, onto the expectations that I hold for Travis’ upcoming LP. So, onto the first area of the album I’ll be discussing is production and producers. Although it’s known Travis is keeping all of his musical output lowkey, producers that would be good to see appear would be, Metro Boomin’ (hopefully he comes out of retirement for it), TM88, Southside and also Chris Fre$h of the 808 Mafia posse; can’t forget about the man Sonny Digital though! Yet, seeing still-upcoming producers like Smash David (“Clout” – TY$ & 21 Savage), Carnage (“I Shyne” – feat. Lil Pump), FKI1st (“Sloppy Toppy” – Travis Scott), London on da Track (“Cocky” – feat. A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane & 21 Savage), Brodinski (“Weekend” – feat. Hoodrich Pablo Juan & Jose Guapo) and Ronny J (“Audi” – Smokepurpp) would all compliment Travis’ rage aesthetic. Too see him also channel the energy he portrayed on ‘Days Before Rodeo’ standout tracks, “Drugs, You Should Try It”, “Quintana, Pt.2” and “Zombies” are perfect examples of Trav at his creative best.
Other producers who would be interesting and satisfactory to come up as credited on the album would be Kanye, Juicy J, Travis himself, Murda Beatz, KiD CuDi and even a Utopian Pharrell beat seems not to far out of the question for the ‘Astroworld’ conqueror. Hopefully he’s been hands on in the studio with all the producers who have worked on the album and are all following a similar sound that not only helps project Travis’ sonic creativity, but also allows him to fully expose his musical standards; whether it’s his song-writing, production or vocal performances.
Moving on, who would I love to see on this album? Plenty of guests, past and present collaborators as well as new ones. While we already know Kanye and Uzi are on a record, seeing them both separately featured individually on a track would also be cool. A guest feature I’d love to see again, I hate that I’m saying it, but the chemistry between the two is there; the infamous Justin Beiber. While I’m not in any shape or form a fan of the Pop sensation, his contribution to the illusive and unavailable on most streaming platforms, “Maria, I’m Drunk” record, alongside Young Thug, is for all three of them one of their best performances. However, acts like The Weeknd, TY$, SZA, Maxo Kream, Andre 3000, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, PARTNEXTDOOR, Future, Lil Wayne, Hoodrich Pablo Juan and 6lack, would all make worthy features; if they come through with quality content. I’m not saying they all need to be on the album, but, like “Watch”, and the hype it had before it dropped and adding to the pending release date of ‘Astroworld’, it wouldn’t be bad to release promotional singles. It’s also a marketing technique he hasn’t shyed away from before. Looking back to the build-up to ‘Rodeo’, a demo version of “Drunk”, as well as throwaway records “Nothing But Net” and “High Fashion” hit the internet and all settled in nicely to Travis’ constantly progressive discography.
In regards to lyrical content from Travis, I expect his most personal work to date. I am looking forward to see how Travis explores fatherhood, maturity, fame, wealth and of course; the rage. Obviously, hearing Travis rave about popping pills, smoking colossus joints, being with the baddest chicks and living his best life. Yet, hearing Travis reflect on more personal experiences in life, something we haven’t heard much from him before, would definitely add to the introspective of his ‘Astroworld’.