In just a few short years Travi$ Scott has gone from touted protégé of both T.I. and Kanye West to a burgeoning star in his own right, all the while landing multiple production placements on the albums and songs of Big Sean, Justin Bieber and Rihanna and his debut album Rodeo debuting in the top-5 of the Billboard 200.
Currently on The Madness Tour with The Weeknd and BANKS, the provocative musician graces the December/January 2016 of Complex Magazine (with Zendaya covering the other side). In his “sit-down” with Lawrence Schlossman (that term is used loosely, as Schlossman spends half of the piece just trying to find Travi$ long enough to talk to), La Flame speaks on a few topics including his appreciation for Rihanna (he will be joining her on her ANTI World Tour), the leak of his debut album, his shaky – at best – relationship with his label Epic Records, and more.
Some choice quotes:
Travis avoids directly putting a label on his budding relationship, laughing and imploring me to not “do [me] like that, man” when I ask about it as delicately as possible. I am, however, able to get him to describe her in three words: “creative,” “inspiring,” and, after a long pause (and some assistance from Corey), “muse.”
“When my album dropped I deleted Twitter off my phone just so I could be at peace,” he says. “I saw some shit where on ‘Oh My Dis Side’ [somebody said] I got the melody from Future’s “Rich $ex,’ which is so weak and lame. That’s one of my favorite songs, but my album was made before the Future album came out. Metro [Boomin] stayed at my crib for, like, nine months and made mad beats that made it onto Future’s album. I’m like, damn if only they knew.”
Read the entire article here, and watch a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot below.