After struggling a knee harm a few month prior at Rolling Loud NYC, the query arose if Travis Scott would be capable of give his full, notoriously rowdy expertise at his personal competition at this yr’s Astroworld (held on Nov. 9 in Houston’s NRG Park).
Despite canceling his Day N Vegas look final week and taking off a while to heal, Scott knew he couldn’t let his followers down. It was his competition in any case, and nothing was going to cease him.
Even although acts like Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug and Marilyn Manson warmed up the gang simply hours earlier than, there was nonetheless a tangible chill hovering over the venue. You might attribute it to town’s unseasonably chilly climate, or the followers’ eagerness as they patiently waited for his or her favourite rapper to grace the stage.
Finally, after a 30-minute delay, the stage lights flashed to sign Scott’s arrival. Before then, none apart from Dave Chappelle appeared to introduce the rapper. “Tonight I flew in from Ohio to rock with the local legend,” the comic started earlier than displaying like to Scott and calling for the liberty of Texas dying row inmate Rodney Reed. “A young man that left the city with nothing, conquered the world and brought it home for you.”
The set started with a breaking news-style video displaying the rapper hurting his knee. It then transitioned right into a mock video of EMTs making an attempt to help with the harm (with grossly uncovered knee bone — cartilage and all) as blood spewed throughout their faces. Then, in a superb transfer, an precise ambulance appeared on stage as Scott himself was carried out on a gurney earlier than being propped up onto a cherry picker raise to tear by his limitless hits.
In true Travis Scott trend, he instantly referred to as for his followers to begin opening the mosh pit as he spit Astroworld opener “Stargazing” whereas trying above the packed crowd of roughly 60,000 attendees. Backed by neon-colored and distorted visuals simply as psychedelic as his current album, Scott rapped each new and basic social gathering starters like “No Bystanders,” “Carousel,” “Way Back,” “Highest in the Room” and “Upper Echelon.”
“I’m trying to see the rage tonight, so choose your side wisely,” he roared, prepared for his followers to channel all of the power he might have misplaced as a result of harm. Scott was in such excessive spirits that at one level, he by chance dropped his mic within the crowd. A male fan rapidly picked it up and urged to be taken on stage.
He quickly slowed issues down with a mini croon-fest, wooing the viewers with Rodeo sluggish jam “90210,” his lucid verse on SZA’s “Love Galore,” “Wake Up” and “Skeletons” — his favourite tune from Astroworld that he dedicates to his mom. The vivacity was kicked into full-gear as soon as once more, when Scott gave his daughter Stormi a shout-out and revealed an onslaught of surprises.
First up was Roddy Rich, who rocked the gang with “Ballin’” regardless of the ability blowing out for a brief interval. Migos and Young Thug, who beforehand dominated their very own units, had been up subsequent. The rappers joined Scott to carry out an unreleased new tune that included a daring refrain line, “We don’t give no f–ks.” Thug additionally caught round to ship his “Hot” remix alongside Gunna and Scott himself.
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Scott then stopped his set to acknowledge the man “who rolled the dice on me and taught me everything I know.” The identify that got here to thoughts was after all mentor Kanye West. And with out hesitation, the Chicago star rushed onto the stage for a one-two punch of Jesus Is King spotlight “Follow God” and Graduation’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” earlier than fortunately embracing Scott.
Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee seemingly appeared out of nowhere to help Scott with the competition’s grand finale: the brain-rattling “Sicko Mode.” While Drake wasn’t there to spit his visitor bars, Scott made up for it with a colourful show of pyrotechnics and fireworks that set the Houston sky ablaze.
The rapper might not have had the fireball power followers are used to seeing, however his assured displaying at this yr’s Astroworld proved he was a real testomony to the basic phrase: “The present should go on.”