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STOP TRYING TO BE GOD

Travis Scott

STOP TRYING TO BE GOD Lyrics

[Intro]
This is the real action: the pot party, the trippers, the grasshoppers, the hip ones
All gathered in secrecy and flying high as a kite


[Pre-Chorus: Kid Cudi & Philip Bailey]
Hmm-hmm
Just know what this about
Hmm-hmm-hmm, hmm-hmm
Palm trees, oceans, fresh air, that can break your heart


[Chorus: Kid Cudi & Philip Bailey]
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm, hmm-hm
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm (that's not who you are)
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm (that's just not your job)
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God, God)


[Verse 1: Travis Scott]
Ride for it every night
Visions and these angles tight
Truth be told, I never try
Diamonds are the wife of life
All three Rollies look alike
After two you get a hook-up price
Stripper never worked a nine-to-five
Delta and I ship it overnight
Stop tryna be God Almighty
Fuck the money, never leave your people behind, yeah
It's never love, no matter what you try
Still can see it comin' down your eyes
'Cause they did not create commandments (ooh-ooh)
When you hustle, always make it fancy (ooh-ooh)
The signal's far from what you can be (ooh-ooh)
'Cause air traffic controls the landing, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


[Chorus: Kid Cudi & Philip Bailey]
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm, hmm-hm
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm (that's not who you are)
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm (that's just not your job)
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God, God)


[Verse 2: Travis Scott]
Stop tryna play God Almighty
Always keep your circle tight
I been wantin' shit my whole life
I'm warning you, best not try to play God tonight
If I love her, I'ma pass on her
First rule of war, you find an act on her
You can't win a trophy or a plaque off her
But never turn your back on her

'Cause they did not create commandments
When you hustle, always make it fancy
The signal's far from what you can be
'Cause air traffic controls the landing, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

You won't succeed tryna learn me
Stick to the roads in my journey

Stay out of court when you got the attorney
She say she love but want to really burn me

[Chorus: Kid Cudi & Philip Bailey]
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm, hmm-hm
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm (that's not who you are)
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God)
Hmm-hmm (that's just not your job)
Hmm-hmm (stop tryna be God, God)


[Bridge: James Blake]
Is it the complex of the saint
That's keepin' you so, so, so still?

Is it a coat of old paint
That's peelin' every day against our will?

Is it too long since the last
Open conversation you had? Oh, no

And did you see the void in the past?
And can you ever see it comin' back?
Well, can you always be a step ahead of it for me?
Well, can you always be a step ahead of it for me?


[Outro: James Blake, Kid Cudi & Stevie Wonder]
Woah-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh
That it?

About “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD”

On ASTROWORLD’s fifth track, “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD,” Travis recruits Kid Cudi, Stevie Wonder, Philip Bailey, and James Blake to help him tell a story about staying true to your roots and not developing a “God complex,” as described through the chorus, and also mentioned by Travis Scott in the first and second verse:

Stop tryna be God almighty
Fuck the money, never leave your people behind…

Stop tryna play God almighty
Always keep your circle tight…

Travis teased the collaboration between him and Stevie Wonder on Instagram, and as the Houston native expressed in a 2018 interview with Billboard, to have Stevie Wonder on ASTROWORLD was one of his goals:

My next album is going to have Stevie [Wonder]. Well, I’m trying. We’re talking.

  • How often have Kid Cudi and Travis collaborated?

    The two first collaborated on Travis' sophomore release Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, with Cudi contributing to both “way back” and “through the late night.” Travis then appeared on “Baptized in Fire” from Cudi’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'. This marks their 4th collaboration.

  • Was it rumored that Stevie Wonder would appear on the album?

    Travis posted an image on Instagram of him and Stevie Wonder, leading to numerous rumors of an imminent collaboration, which turned out to be “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD.”

  • Where is Stevie Wonder?

    He is featured in the outro of the track and plays harmonica throughout.

  • Is there a video for this song?

    Yes. A video was released on August 6, 2018 featuring Kylie Jenner and James Blake.

  • Why would Kendrick Lamar be the target of this song?

    In 2017, Kendrick released DAMN. with a song titled, “GOD.” In the song, Kendrick refers to himself as God by rapping:

    This what God feel like, huh, he-yeah
    Laughin' to the bank like, “A-ha!”

  • How did Travis manage to pull in Stevie Wonder for this track?

    Travis Scott’s A&R, Sickamore, revealed in a conversation with Rolling Stone, how the rapper managed to pull in Stevie Wonder to play harmonica on this track:

    Travis did Stevie’s kid’s 16th birthday party. The conversation just started from there. Stevie came to the studio one day and it was magical man. He came at 11 p.m., 12 p.m. with the harmonica and just played on a bunch of records. That was the one that really stuck. That might have been the peak moment of my A&R career watching that.

"STOP TRYING TO BE GOD" Track Info