Travis Scott on Drugs Enhancing His Creativity: "I Am a Drug, Sober" - DJBooth

Travis Scott on Drugs Enhancing His Creativity: "I Am a Drug, Sober"

"I think that's weak people need all that weird shit just to, like, tap into their fucking brain."
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Travis Scott's music is littered with references to drug use and drinking, he has a song in his catalog entitled "Drugs You Should Try It," and he was an opening act on Juicy J's 2014 Never Sober Tour, but in a new live interview with Lou Stoppard for In Camera, the Houston native makes clear that drugs do not play a part in his creative process.

"Shit, man, I don't do a lot of drugs, shit, so I don't even know," Scott told Stoppard. "I only think that real drugs are like crack, heroin, and fucking, like, you know, meth. Shit that really gets you fucked up, shit that really gets you tweakin'. If you ain't doing that, you ain't doing drugs."

While most health professionals would likely disagree with Scott's definition of what is and isn't considered a drug—ironically, Scott can be seen smoking a joint while conducting the interview, clearly high as a kite—it's refreshing to hear that, despite his insistence on talking about getting fucked up in his music, he doesn't require foreign substances to make the music.

"I think that's weak people need all that weird shit just to, like, tap into their fucking brain," Scott opined. "Knowledge is power, drugs [are] just, like, a mental cool down. It just put me at ease. I don't tap into drugs to say what's on my mind. I can do that shit sober. I am a drug, sober."

Scott's In Camera interview isn't the first time he has had to clarify the role drinking or drug use plays in the creation of his music, either.

In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Scott revealed that the broad assumption, albeit a fair one, that he's a heavy drug user is upsetting. "It stresses me out because people think I’m on a lot of drugs, which fucking pisses me off," he said. "I’m not at all. I barely drink alcohol and I smoke weed kind of. But I don’t do coke or any of that crazy-ass shit."

Much like Future and The Weeknd, both of whom have created entire discographies around drug abuse despite waffling in interviews when pressed to verify their lyrical claims, Scott shouldn't be surprised when drug-related questions continue to pop up.

If you don't want people to ask you about the role drugs play in your music, don't make drug-fueled music. Also, it would probably help to avoid smoking a joint while you're conducting an interview about drug use.

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