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ASTROWORLD

Travis Scott

About “ASTROWORLD”

ASTROWORLD is Travis Scott’s third studio album, following his 2016 release Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. The album is titled after Six Flags Astroworld, a popular Houston amusement park. The park was demolished in 2005. Despite several developers staking claims to develop the large vacant lot into use, nothing has been done with the space since. In a 2017 interview with GQ, Travis lamented on the park’s prominence in Houston and its impact on the album:

That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.

Travis initially confirmed the title in a May 2016 show, stating that it would follow BITTSM. Almost two years later, he released a promotional single for the album – “Watch,” – which features guest vocals from Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West. However, the song did not make the album, with his platinum single “Butterfly Effect” appearing instead.

Leading up to the announcement of the album’s release date, gold inflatable Travis Scott heads popped up in various locations, including Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, Minute Maid Park in Houston (home to the Houston Astros), and on top of the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC’s Times Square.

The inflatable head ended up being an integral part of the album’s artwork, which was announced on July 31st, days before the album’s release on August 3rd.

“ASTROWORLD” Q&A

  • What inspired Travis Scott to create this album?

    Travis Scott:

    It might be the best music that I made. I have two records on the album that are like, man, they are the best. They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space (in 2005).
    That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back, we want the building back, that’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.

  • How is "Astroworld" different to Travis' other projects?

    I make beats. Engineer shit. I try to sing on shit. I rap on shit. I’m always doing something new. The songs on this album are a little weirder than I ever had before. The one thing I’ve done on this album is rapped more than I ever have. I want people to get to know Jacques, you know what I’m saying? It’s more extensive. This album is kind of like what I want to do going forward, to be honest.
    — Travis Scott via 032c Magazine

  • Why was "Watch (ft. Lil Uzi Vert and Kayne West)" not on Astroworld?

    It’s difficult to say exactly why “Watch (ft. Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West” isn’t featured on Astroworld but given that it was released 3 months ago and didn’t perform too well, there are plenty of answers for why it was left off.

    Watch was indeed marketed as the lead single for Travis Scott’s Astroworld album but speculation around its exclusion centers upon Scott’s lack-luster performance where he is arguably outshone by Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West and most importantly, Pi'erre Bourne’s production.

    Peaking at just 16th on the Billboard Top 100 and having an average-at-best global reach, “Watch” could also have been left off simply because Travis thought it didn’t make the cut, or was irrelevant when releasing the album.

  • Where's The Stevie Wonder collaboration?

    Travis Scott did say he wanted a Stevie Wonder collaboration on Astroworld but… where is it? Well Stevie Wonder’s vocals don’t seem to feature but it is rumored that he plays the harmonica on “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD”.

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