25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Travi$ Scott
Travi$ Scott, born Jacques Webster, doesn't hold himself to any standards outside of the ones he's set for himself. Since 2012, the Houston native has experienced a sort of meteoric rise in the hip-hop industry. From signing to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. imprint as a producer to working closely with everyone from T.I. to Young Thug, Scott is aware of his standing amongst the young gunners in rap -- even if he's not particularly comfortable with the label.
He's adamant about being viewed as taking his music far beyond what's considered hip-hop. Still, Scott has contributed to the genre in more ways than one since his ascent to stardom. According to model (and Kanye's ex) Amber Rose, Scott can even claim credit for writing a few bars for his admitted "advisor." Whether he does or not, the 25-year-old has proven that, while clearly influenced by mentors and industry idols like Kid Cudi, he has molded a style of his own. He released his debut album, Rodeo, in 2015 and dropped the acclaimed follow-up, Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight, in 2016.
In case you missed any details about the producer-rapper and his rise, The Boombox has done some research and compiled a list of 25 facts You Probably Didn't Know About Travi$ Scott.
DJ Drama was supposed to host Scott's 'Days Before the Rodeo' project -- it was slated to be a Gangsta Grillz mixtape before Kanye heard it. "Nah, you should just drop it as an album," he said. Drama heard about the change in plans via text. However, the project was still released as a mixtape.
The 'Owl Pharaoh' creator told Drama that he was "coming for Pharrell" when customizing his grill. "I was working on this piece for two months. It costs two shows worth of money. Pharrell hit me up and said that he saw the picture on Complex, and said 'I already did those colors, FYI.' With the cool shades emoji."
In 2013, some rappers' tweets came back to haunt them by way of a web vigilante who put them on blast. Apparently, some years before, Travi$ Scott had taken a stand against Big Sean but the Detroit rapper said he didn't take it to heart. "That's my homie though. But he had some other tweets from back then too saying that he did f--- with me. We were just in the studio and he was telling me how good I am and the music is, but I've progressed. I've changed and got better. My music has gotten better so you can't blame people."
The Houston artist started off playing the drums at age 3. Then he moved into piano. In 2012, he told Complex, "I quit playing piano because it wasn’t getting no bitches. I was making beats because like the electronic sound was getting all the hoes."
It was a struggle to get his family to understand his desire to get into the music industry. There were times when it even came to blows with his father. “Hell no [they didn’t want me to do music]! The most ironic thing is my grandfather has his masters in music composition, he was a jazz composer. My dad was a musician too, he played more like soul music. He dad was a drummer and he plays the piano. That’s where I get my whole music theory from, my pops and my grandfather."
The "Quintana" rhymer says that the first time he met Yeezy he gave him a taco full of sour cream -- he usually doesn't eat the condiment but he didn't want to insult the G.O.O.D. Music founder. “First thing he gave me was a Doritos taco from Taco Bell. He’s like, ‘Yo you want a taco?’ I was like, ‘Yeah!’ He gave it to me on this fancy ass platter, like some Hermes s---. What’s crazy is, I don’t eat like sour cream," he told Complex. "That taco was so f---ing disgusting. But man, I wouldn’t even notice it. Just playing him my music and just to see him nod his head even a little bit was just ill."
The Grand Hustle affiliate has siblings who are twins -- a boy and a girl. He says that they keep him abreast of what's happening with his name, social media-wise.
Travi$ Scott's real name is Jacques Webster. In 2014, he told Grantland that his rap moniker was partially inspired by a relative he admired. "My uncle’s name is Travis. He was like my favorite uncle. My favorite relative. I looked up to him and s---. That n---- was just cool as f---. He always just had swag. He played golf and s---. He just had swag. That n---- was just smart. Always made good decisions, good business decisions."
The 'Days Before Rodeo' creator explains that his hometown of Missouri City, Texas inspired his love for diversity. The notion extends to include his circle. "I have black friends but I don't just hang out with black kids. I might pull up with Indian kids, white kids, black kids, whatever..." 10. It isn't surprising that Travi$ Scott counts James Blake as one of his good friends. He told Grantland, "He’s real different than what you think. He’s super turned up. Not all, “Arrghh!” But he has fun. It’s tight. We hung out in London one time."
Scott told MTV that he and Young Thug pretty much think alike, which lends itself to their compatibility onstage. "Before we did music, around the time we first met, I went to South Carolina with him on the tour bus and we just randomly did a show."
It's not a secret that Kid Cudi is Travi$ Scott's favorite artist of all time but he's even said that he would tour with Mescudi for free. "He's the ultimate," he told Peter Rosenburg. "He's like, one of the realist rappers alive. His music has an edge to it."
In 2013, the "Mamacita" MC told TheDrop.fm that he typically records in the dark.
Could Travi$ Scott be one of the few rappers that doesn't necessarily need alcohol to turn up? In 2012, he told Its the Real that Snapple Fruit Punch is his favorite drink and in 2014, Grantland reported that he quietly consumed Shirley Temples during their interview in a Manhattan restaurant.
Scott sacrificed his bed to build a makeshift studio while in high school. "I slept in a chair," he revealed to DJ Semtex.
Travi$ Scott inspires the youth. Atlanta upstart Raury names him as one of the young artists he's most looking forward to working with. Makes sense -- Raury can relate to the struggle of trying to explain his passion to his family, namely, his mom who raised him as a single parent. He's also been invited to random studio sessions with Kanye while on the comeup, just like Scott.
The rapper "skipped" West's 'The College Dropout' and 'Late Registration.' Instead, '808s &Heartbreaks' was the first Yeezy album he fell in love with.
In 2013, Scott may have fired a slight shot at a fellow producer, depending on the reader's perspective. He says his goal is to do more than create No. 1 records, but it's the way he says it. “I feel like I’m the opposite of the system -- I’m the opposite of what Mike WiLL [Made It] is.”
When Travi$ turned 21, Wiz Khalifa helped him celebrate his milestone birthday accordingly at the Supper Club in L.A. by handing him a bag of pre-rolled blunts and buying bottle after bottle all night.
On his first trip out to London in 2013, Scott didn't go sightseeing. Instead, he spent the first two days in the studio. Talk about dedication.
The 23-year-old names Activus (syrup), "loud" and his laptop as three necessary items to bring to SXSW.
He was raised on the sounds of down South artists like Z-Ro, citing songs like "I Can’t Leave Drank Alone" and his 'Heroin' album as music he'd bump on the come-up.
Scott credits A-Trak as one of his mentors.
When fans begin to fight in the crowd during his Rodeo tour alongside Young Thug, he makes security separate them instead of kicking them out so they can still experience the show.
Whereas many rappers are too cool to show emotion, Scott revealed to MTV that he cried the first time he met Kid Cudi. The rapper surprised him at the studio while Scott worked with A-Trak. He took the Houston artist on a ride in his car and played some new tracks for him -- that was when he got emotional.
Travi$ Scott claims to be in competition with singers as opposed to rappers. In 2014, he told GQ that rappers are "mad boring."