On this day in 2015, Travis Scott released the cult like classic debut album, Rodeo. Exploring the roots of his twisted wild-wild west south side story, Travis Scott builds on a dark reality, of the life and times of a then abandoned Rodeo. Considered as his magnum-opus, Travis’ debut album embodies the persona of a stylistic raged filled rockstar who knows his strengths and allows it to carry the record. As trap resurged into the mainstream spectrum like never before, Travis Scott managed to revitalize the sound ambiguity.
As a promising young artist, Scott vitalized his inspirations, separated himself from his predecessors, and developed his signature style of hip-hop’s chaotic, Frankenstein like figure. Influenced by the southern based trap sound, Travis paved a complex lane with the ability to incorporate polished like production on a sound that suffers from being dated upon arrival. Rodeo is a documented tale to the dark side of Houston; on “Pornography”, Travis comes to realization of his surroundings while desiring the rage within his new lifestyle and is a testament to his survival.
As he builds up guilt, Scott reminiscences on the Houston lifestyle on “Oh My Dis Side”, on “90210” the girl of the valley only craves the glitz and glamour of the rockstar lifestyle that’s highlighted on songs like “3500”, “Wasted”, “Nightcrawler”, and “Antidote”
On Rodeo, Travis Scott travels through the various phases of his Houston influences and implementing it into his new lifestyle. As the album opens with Travis choosing the rebellious lifestyle, it explores the guilt within his fate, and closes with “Apple Pie”, as it questions his survival with this new hectic life.
An auto-tuned, trap reliant debut album, seems rather generic, but the conceptual structure allows Travis Scott to solidify his position as your ordinary rapper. Much like the thrill of a rodeo, on this album Travis Scott explores his new lifestyle, filled with chaos and rage, while maintaining his character of the man behind the rapper.