In a newly-published interview with GQ, Travis Scott confirmed the existence of a collaborative album with Migos member Quavo—which he says is "coming soon"—but that was far from the most entertaining nugget.
Given that Scott is fresh off the biggest solo tour of his seven-year career and about to embark as a supporting act on Kendrick Lamar's upcoming "The DAMN. Tour" this summer, interviewer Jake Woolf asked the Epic Records recording artist, who is well-known for his incredible live shows, if he goes through any sort of pre-show ritual to get hyped up for the crowd.
"I have been on a lot of tours and I've seen people drink tea with honey, water, whatever, but I don't do nothing," he said. "Sometimes I might be sleepy, and sometimes I've literally been sleeping backstage, woken up, gone straight on stage on gone crazy. It's not like I psyche myself, I don't do any of that."
While it's hard to believe that Travis wakes up from a pre-show, backstage nap and simply walks on stage without first chugging a few Red Bulls and telling one of his boys to slap him in the face a few times—I mean, how else could you explain his long and storied history of going off at various people during his set?—there is a method to his lack of madness that he believes would indicate people no longer find his music, as the kids say, "lit."
"Me and my homies have always had this unspoken agreement," Scott continued. "We know what we gotta do. To this day we have never had a pep talk between, like, me, my DJ [Chase B]. I think we feel like the moment we start doing that, our shit has become whack as shit."
In review: Travis Scott currently has no pre-show rituals and should the day come when a pre-show ritual, such as a pep talk, becomes necessary or required, it in all likelihood will mean that his music and live performance has ceased to be cool.
I'm not sure I subscribe to Scott's methodoloy—I've been backstage prior to plenty of rap concerts and most artists engage in some form of prayer or conversation with their inner circle before taking the stage and crushing their set—but I understand his reasoning. I'm all for whatever keeps him from crafting and releasing a three-pack of underwhelming records.