Houston’s up-and-coming talent Travi$ Scott has been winning the attention of major US blogs like Hypetrak and Earmilk recently, even nabbing the number one spot on Virgin.com’s underground hip-hop list, so it’s hard to debate the guy’s merit. A quick stream of material like “16 Chapels” and the Lex Luger-produced “XX” is all the reason you need to notice his style sticking out like a sore thumb.

So it was only a matter of when, not if, one of today’s rap greats would take time out of their schedule to lend an ear, or who knows – even a verse?, to Travi$. Grand Hustle‘s figurehead T.I. arrives to answer that question, lending an array of animated bars to Travi$’ latest offering, “Animal,” that should serve as a “wait, I need to take notice of this kid” if you’ve been hitting the snooze button on young Scott.

The Owl Pharoah EP waits in the stands until Travi$ finalises the project (said to be sometime in Summer), unleashes it online and, no doubt, claims his seat at the round table next to Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown and co.

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Listen To: Travi$ Scott f. T.I. – “Animal”