Once again, Travis Scott shook up the music world with his long-awaited album Astroworld.
It has been a year since his collaborative album with Quavo, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho.
Released Aug. 3, the studio album is described as a continuation of one of his previous
albums, Rodeo, which contains similar aspects in beat transitions, trippy instrumentals and lyrical vocals. Scott’s fans, who have all come to appreciate his incorporation of elements of trap and psychedelic music, are not disappointed because he retained this style throughout the album.
The singer collaborates with a plethora of popular rappers, such as singers 21 Savage, Quavo, Juice Wrld, Nav, The Weeknd, James Blake and Swae Lee in more than six songs with genres ranging from trap to R&B.
Songs such as “STARGAZING” and “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” feature futuristic synthesizers and spacey beats, layered with zany adlibs, while other tracks consist of deep piano tunes and melodic guitar strums.
Although Scott shows many different sides to his musical talent and production in this album, he still retains his element of trap in tracks such as, “WHO? WHAT!” and “BUTTERFLY EFFECT,” where the gritty beats and autotune tie in with one another, creating that distinct musical flow all fans love. In “COFFEE BEAN,” Scott utilizes melancholic instrumentals, such as piano and low bass to capture the sad mood throughout the song. He expresses his insecurities and past issues regarding his girlfriend’s pregnancy, as the lyric says, “We ain’t been speaking and that meant / You feeling free in my absence / I’ve been going through a lot behind this glass tint, yeah.”
One of Scott’s most artistic and well-produced songs, “SICKO MODE,” which features Drake, leads the album as a whole. With the song’s bulky bass and beat switches between the artists’ verses—along with its additional layers of eerie instrumentals and beats—it stands out as one of Scott’s most unique tracks. Not only does the beat and flow of the song give off moody vibes, but the lyrics also add catchy hooks and verses. Drake’s verse adds a smooth and gentle delivery, which ties perfectly with Scott’s rigid and autotuned chorus.
Scott has not only expanded his style of music by collaborating with different singers and testing with different beats and instrumentals, but he has also improved his lyrical flow, leaving fans star-struck.