Travis Scott released his brand new album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight this past Friday, delivering a solid follow-up to his debut Rodeo almost exactly a year to the day of its release.
In a new interview with Billboard, Scott talked about the meaning behind the album's extra-long title (it has nothing to do with Brian McKnight), where he recorded the bulk of the project (at his crib) and working with collaborators Kendrick Lamar and Andre 3000. Interestingly, he cites Lamar as one of the reasons why he has continued to work on music.
"I met him at the [MTV Video Music Awards] one year and he came up to me and was just like, 'Yo, man, I f--k with your music. It’s super dope and inspirational.' I was like, whoa, this is the best rapper in the globe -- he f--ks with my music! That’s one of the things that made me want to keep working on my music and try to keep it going 'cause I’m not the most rappity rap ass n---a. That’s not me but I really love Kendrick’s music."
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While the interviewer failed to ask Scott what caused him at one point to consider not continuing to work on music before meeting Kendrick, his answer illuminates a feeling that all artists, both mainstream stars and independent buzzmakers, experience at one point or another in their career. No matter how much confidence an artist has in their own talents and skill set, receiving confirmation from their most respected peers can serve as the ultimate motivation to continue on the never-ending grind.
Fortunately for Travis Scott, his connection with Kendrick has extended beyond lofty praise and a conversation at an awards program and produced goosebumps—literally.