Back in the early/mid 2000s, Houston’s rap scene gave us the likes of Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Chamillionaire, who came from the Swishahouse movement. Highly touted newcomer Travi$ Scott is stylistically way different to the Swishahouse boys, instead bearing a flow similar flow to MMG’s Wale paired with an audiovisual skillset reminiscent of the great Kanye West; also producing and directing.
This has been a pretty big year for Travi$ – co-producing Kanye and GOOD Music’s “Mercy” and the T.I. remix of “I Don’t Like” – but the first track I ever heard from the Houston native was “Animal” – featuring Atlanta legend T.I., who signed him to his Grand Hustle label – with epic production; which seems to be a recurring theme.
Travi$ revealed to XXL that he, “learned to play the drums and other instruments at an early age, but didn’t start recording ’til my freshman year in high school” – which is pretty much a short period of time to have established veteran production skills, considering he is still only 19.
Years prior Travi$ was part of a rap duo called Travis and Jason which, he recalls in a interview with Houston Press, “was amazing, but I feel that the content really had no longevity,” showing Travi$’ goals to set up a long lasting legacy in the rap game.
With featured verses on Meek Mill‘s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape cut, “I Get It,” and Wynter Gordon‘s “Nervous” from her Doleo EP, Scott’s label boss T.I. has adorned him with praise calling him, “Extremely talented production wise, artistically,” aslo noting his “visual eye as a video director.”
Currently working on his debut solo project, titled Owl Pharaoh, dip into more of the upcoming tape below with “Up” as he spits alongside Casey Veggies – and watch this space.