Travis Scott (musician)

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Travis Scott
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Travis Scott performing at Basel Castle in 2013
Background information
Birth name Jacques Webster
Born (1992-04-30) April 30, 1992 (age 22)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Occupations Rapper, record producer
Instruments Vocals, Drum Machine, Keyboard
Years active 2009–present
Labels Very GOOD Beats, Grand Hustle, Epic
Associated acts Kanye West, T.I., Meek Mill, Big Sean, Young Thug, Migos

Jacques Webster (born April 30, 1992), better known by his stage name Travis Scott (stylized as Travi$ Scott), is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Houston, Texas. In 2012, Scott signed to Epic Records before eventually signing to Kanye West's GOOD Music production wing known as Very G.O.O.D. Beats, in November of the same year, as an in-house producer, after appearing on the label's debut compilation Cruel Summer (2012). In April 2013, it was announced he signed with T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint. He released his first official full-length project, a mixtape titled Owl Pharaoh, on May 21, 2013.

Early life[edit]

Born Jacques Webster, on April 30, 1992, he was born in Houston, Texas. Although he was born in Houston, he grew up in Missouri City, an affluent suburban area outside Houston and attended Elkins High School. Normally, Scott would stay with his grandmother, while his mother worked for the company Apple, and his father owned a self-ran business. Scott attended the University of Texas at San Antonio before dropping out. Scott also used to skip school to meet up with Mike Dean for studio sessions. Travi$ was also in a duo titled "TravisXJason, Breaking up after some disagreements, they were Classmates in high school, Elkins High School, they released a couple mixtapes together, "Cruisin' USA", "The Classmates", & "Buddy Rich", Travi$ also worked with a fellow classmate...Chris Holloway, dropping a mixtape of their own "The Graduates", Travi$ was a nerd in high school, he admits, but always had a taste for music, even in his high school days."[1]


2009–2012: Musical beginnings and record deals[edit]

Travi$ Scott began to produce beats at the age of 6, and then made his first musical relationship with longtime friend, Chong Lee named The Graduates. They released their first EP on Myspace in 2009. In 2010, he formed a duo with OG CHE$$, named The Classmates. They released two full projects, the first one named Buddy Rich, and the second named Cruis'n USA in 2011, with Travi$ producing all of the songs. After personal differences & financial disputes, OG CHE$$ and Travi$ broke up in late 2011.

Scott moved to Los Angeles from Texas after dropping out of college. Scott, with help from his friend Mike Waxx, who owns the website Illroots, started to record and release music. T.I. listened to one of Scott's songs titled "Lights (Love Sick)", which he released while staying in Los Angeles, and contacted Scott, asking him to come down to a studio. T.I. then freestyled a verse over for Scott's song "Animal". Scott then acquired the phone number of Kanye West's engineer, Anthony Kilhoffer and organised a meeting which allowed him to play his music for him. Kilhoffer then took Scott under his wing, and through Kilhoffer, he met Kanye West while in New York. Scott worked with Kanye on his debut project, Owl Pharaoh, which has been delayed numerous times, and GOOD Music's debut compilation album, Cruel Summer. Travi$ co-produced the songs, "To The World", "The Morning" and "Don't Like", and also produced and contributed a verse to "Sin City".[2] Travi$ has also directed a number of music videos, such as "Brake Lights" for fellow former Very GOOD Beats labelmate, Hit-Boy.

2012–2013: Owl Pharaoh[edit]

Owl Pharaoh was supposed to be released for free in mid-2012. It was delayed however, and then slated for a late 2012 release. After re-making the project[3] with help from Kanye West, Mike Dean and Anthony Kilhoffer it was again, delayed for sample clearance issues. In January 2013, Scott was featured on fellow G.O.O.D. Music member, Pusha T's mixtape, Wrath of Caine on the track "Blocka" produced by Young Chop. Shortly afterwards, Travi$ released his own version of "Blocka", entitled "Blocka La Flame", which featured additional production from Mike Dean and Travi$ himself. On March 22, 2013, Travi$ released another single off his mixtape called "Quintana", accompanied with a music video. The song features Wale and was produced by Travi$ Scott, Sak Pase and Mike Dean.

On March 27, 2013, XXL Magazine revealed that Travi$ was a member of XXL's Freshman Class of 2013. On March 29, 2013, in an interview with British DJ, DJ Semtex, Travi$ premiered a snippet of his next single, "Upper Echelon", featuring 2 Chainz. On Apri2, Travis stated that Owl Pharaoh will be released on iTunes on May 21, 2013.[4] The full version of "Upper Echelon" was premiered on April 18 also featuring T.I. and the following day it was released to iTunes.[5] Then on April 23 the song was sent to Urban contemporary radio.[6] The EP would end up being released for free.

2014–present: Days Before Rodeo[edit]

Travi$ Scott performed a supposedly new single from his studio debut album, which was tentatively named 1975 featuring Big Sean at the Texan festival SXSW on March 13, 2014.[7] Travi$ later confirmed via his Twitter account that the song wasn't called 1975, but it was the first single from his debut album.[8] Then, again on his Twitter account, he confirmed the name of the album, entitled Rodeo.[9][10] On May 5, 2014, Travis released the full version of the new single, now named Don't Play featuring Big Sean and The 1975, on his Soundcloud and Twitter accounts. [11] [12] After months of touring between May and July, Scott took to his twitter to announce that he was releasing a new project named Days Before Rodeo, a mixtape which would be served as a lead on to his debut studio album. On August 17, 2014, Scott tweeted a link to his website, which contained the tracklist and artwork of the mixtape. Later in 2014, Travi$ released some snippets of Yung Leans's Song "Ghosttown" [13]



List of Mixtapes, with year released
Title Mixtape details
Owl Pharaoh[3]
  • Released: May 21, 2013
  • Label: Grand Hustle
  • Format: Digital download
Days Before Rodeo


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"Upper Echelon"[14]
(featuring T.I. and 2 Chainz)
2013 Owl Pharaoh
"Don't Play"[15]
(featuring The 1975 and Big Sean)
2014 Days Before Rodeo

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Yes Lord" 2012 Audio Push, King Chip Inland Empire
"I Get It" Meek Mill Dreamchasers 2
"Sin City" John Legend, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce, Malik Yusef Kanye West Presents GOOD Music: Cruel Summer
"Nervous" Wynter Gordon Human Condition: Doleo
"Blocka" 2013 Pusha T, Popcaan Wrath of Caine
"Enormous"[16] Hit-Boy, Cocaine 80s, Kent M$NEY All I've Ever Dreamed Of
"Back Up" (Remix) Chuck Inglish Droptops
"God Level"[17] N/A DJ Drama Presents: XXL 2013's Freshmen Class
"2 Fucks"[18] T.I., Chip, B.o.B, Trae tha Truth, Young Dro Hustle Gang Presents: G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die)
"Animal"[18] B.o.B, T.I.
"$hut Up" Trinidad James 10 PC. Mild
"I’m Leanin’" Meek Mill, Birdman, Diddy Dreamchasers 3
"Crown’" Jay Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
"10 2 10" (Remix) Big Sean, Rick Ross N/A
"Vulnerable" Tinashe Black Water
"Familiar" 2014 Ty Dolla $ign, Fredo Santana Beach House EP
"Hell You Sayin'"[19] T.I., Iggy Azalea, Young Dro SXEW (South by East West)
"100 Bottles" Low Pros EP 1
"Fuck & Smoke" Trav, Meek Mill Push II
"Ghosttown" Yung Lean Unknown Memory
"Brand New Choppa"[20] T.I., Meek Mill, Yung Booke, Dro G.D.O.D. II
"Ya Digg"[20] Shad da God, T.I., Spodee

Production discography[edit]


Julian Stephen - The University Of Julian 2[edit]

  • 13. "Circles" (featuring Jay Wrecka)[21]

Ro Ransom - Ransomnia[edit]

  • 08. "Many Names, One Heart"

Various artists - Kanye West Presents GOOD Music: Cruel Summer[edit]


Various artists - DJ Drama Presents: XXL 2013's Freshmen Class[edit]

  • 07. "God Level"

Hustle Gang - G.D.O.D. (Get Dough Or Die)[edit]

  • 17. "Animal" (featuring Travis Scott, B.o.B & T.I.)
  • 18. crop cash ft. Tony C

Travis Scott - Owl Pharaoh[edit]

  • 01. "Meadow Creek"

Kanye West - Yeezus[edit]

  • 04. "New Slaves" (add. production)
  • 08. "Guilt Trip" (featuring Kid Cudi) (add. production)

Wale - The Gifted[edit]

Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail[edit]

  • 8. "Crown" (co-produced)

Big Sean - Hall of Fame[edit]

  • 3. "10 2 10" (add. production)

John Legend - Love in the Future[edit]

  • 18. "We Loved It" (featuring Seal) (add. production)


Big Sean - TBA[edit]

"1st Quarter Freestyle" (co. production)


  1. ^ "Travi$ Scott talks about Growing Up in Houston". Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Travi$ Scott talks about working on Cruel Summer". Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Travi$ Scott talks about working on Cruel Summer". Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Travi$ Scott interview with DJ Semtex". Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ iTunes - Music - Upper Echelon (feat. T.I. & 2 Chainz) - Single by Travi$ Scott
  6. ^ Urban/UAC Future Releases | R&B, Hip Hop, Release Schedule and Street Dates |
  7. ^ "Travi$ Scott And Big Sean Perform Unreleased Track "1975"". Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Travis Scott; Twitter". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Travis Scott; Twitter". Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Travis Scott; Interiew with DJ MoonDawg @ 9:35". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Travis Scott; Soundcloud". Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  20. ^ a b "Hustle Gang – G.D.O.D. II // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
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