Days Before Rodeo

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Days Before Rodeo
Album Cover of Travis Scott's Day Before Rodeo.jpg
Mixtape by
ReleasedAugust 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)
Recorded2014
Genre
Length50:02
LabelGrand Hustle
Producer
Travis Scott chronology
Owl Pharaoh
(2013)
Days Before Rodeo
(2014)
Rodeo
(2015)
Singles from Days Before Rodeo
  1. "Don't Play"
    Released: July 11, 2014
  2. "Mamacita"
    Released: December 2, 2014

Days Before Rodeo is the second mixtape by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released for free on August 18, 2014, by Grand Hustle Records. The mixtape features guest appearances from Young Thug, Big Sean, The 1975, Rich Homie Quan, Migos, T.I. and Peewee Longway.

Background and promotion[edit]

In August 2014, Scott announced on his Twitter account that he would be releasing 10 new songs within a month. On the same day, he also tweeted the title of this project, Days Before Rodeo, before marketing the countdown every day until it stopped on August 10, 2014. On August 17, 2014, Scott released the track list and artwork for this project.[1]

The first song released from Days Before Rodeo was "Don't Play" featuring American rapper Big Sean and English pop band The 1975. The song was produced by Scott himself, along with Vinylz and Allen Ritter. Justin Davis of Complex commented Scott and Sean "have great chemistry over the track," while continuing their "streak of songs together".[2] The Western-themed video for "Don't Play" was released on August 18, 2014.[3]

Although Days Before Rodeo was a prelude to Rodeo, Scott tweeted that the project was not supposed to be taken as a mixtape, but as an album.

Release[edit]

Days Before Rodeo was released on August 18, 2014.[4] Scott called it a "free album" via Twitter on the following day.[5] Eric Diep of XXL commented the album "displays the Houston rapper's eclectic production style, as well as his boastful raps that are similar to his mentors Kanye West and T.I.", while calling it "some great new material that we've been missing from him since his excellent debut, Owl Pharaoh."[6] Days Before Rodeo is a prequel to Scott's Grand Hustle and Epic Records debut album Rodeo, which was released on September 4, 2015.[3]

Singles[edit]

On July 11, 2014, Scott released the mixtape's lead single, titled "Don't Play", which features guest appearances from The 1975 and Big Sean.[7]

On December 2, 2014, Scott released the mixtape's second single, titled "Mamacita", which features guest appearances from Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HotNewHipHop96% [9]
Thefourohfive4/5 stars[10]
The Early Registration4/5 stars[11]

Days Before Rodeo was met with general acclaim from music critics and fans. The album has a user rating of 96% on HotNewHipHop. Jacob Roy from Thefourohfive' sums up critical response for this album "While some may feel he opts for style over substance, all the distorted baselines and 'straight up' ad-libs play a purpose and a role. Days Before Rodeo proves Travis does everything for a reason. When listening to the album each song plays a role and as a whole it makes for a incredibly engrossing experience. While his lyrical ability may be questioned, it doesn't really cross your mind when you are in awe of the piece that he has painted for you. He has a mission statement and he is going to stick by it. 'We will understand it if they don't, we don't want they bullshit no more.' It wouldn't be a stretch to say Travi$ Scott could be at the forefront for a new generation of hip-hop that have their eyes on the bigger picture."

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Days Before Rodeo: The Prayer"WondaGurl3:22
2."Mamacita" (featuring Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug)4:35
3."Quintana Pt. 2"
4:59
4."Drugs You Should Try It"
  • FKi
  • Charlie Handsome
3:29
5."Don't Play" (featuring Big Sean and The 1975)
4:46
6."Skyfall" (featuring Young Thug)
  • Webster
  • Wayne
  • J. Williams
Metro Boomin5:19
7."Zombies"Lex Luger4:20
8."Sloppy Toppy" (featuring Migos and Peewee Longway)FKi4:34
9."Basement Freestyle"
  • Webster
  • Lewis
  • Lex Luger
  • Metro Boomin
4:08
10."Backyard"
  • Syk Sense
  • OZ
4:31
11."Grey"
  • Webster
  • Joseph Hill, Jr.
  • Taji Ausar
  • J. Hill
  • Tane Runo
3:48
12."BACC" (bonus track)
  • Webster
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin2:13
Total length:50:02

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • "Quintana Pt. 2" features uncredited vocals from T.I..
  • "Grey" features background vocals from James Fauntleroy.

Sample credits

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Here's the Artwork and Tracklist for Travi$ Scott's "Days Before Rodeo" Album". Complex. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Listen to Travi$ Scott's "Don't Play" f/ Big Sean". Complex. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "NEW MIXTAPE: TRAVIS $COTT – 'DAYS BEFORE RODEO'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Album Stream: Travis Scott 'Days Before Rodeo'". Vibe. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Travi$ Scott "Days Before Rodeo" Cover Art, Tracklist, Album Stream". HipHopDX. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Stream And Download Travi$ Scott's 'Days Before Rodeo'". XXL. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Don't Play (feat. The 1975 & Big Sean) - Single by Travis Scott on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mamacita (feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug) - Single by Travis Scott on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Travi$ Scott - 'Days Before Rodeo' Mixtape". 2014-08-20.
  10. ^ "Travi$ Scott - 'Days Before Rodeo' Mixtape". 2014-08-28.
  11. ^ "Travi$ Scott - 'Days Before Rodeo' Mixtape". 2014-08-19.