Rodeo (Travis Scott album)

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Rodeo
Rodeoalbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
Studio
Genre
Length65:26
Label
Producer
Travis Scott chronology
Days Before Rodeo
(2014)
Rodeo
(2015)
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
(2016)
Deluxe edition cover
Rodeo cover.jpg
Singles from Rodeo
  1. "3500"
    Released: June 8, 2015
  2. "Antidote"
    Released: July 29, 2015

Rodeo is the debut studio album by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released on September 4, 2015, by Epic Records and Grand Hustle Records. The album features guest appearances from Quavo, Future, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Kacy Hill, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, Chief Keef, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Toro y Moi and Schoolboy Q, while the production was provided by Scott himself, alongside several high-profile record producers such as Allen Ritter, Mike Dean, Metro Boomin, Frank Dukes, Sonny Digital and WondaGurl, among others.

Rodeo was supported by two singles: "3500" and "Antidote". The latter became his highest-charting single in the US Billboard Hot 100 at the time, peaking at number 16. The album received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200. It also debuted at number one on the US Rap Albums chart. In May 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Background[edit]

Travis Scott announced the release date for Rodeo through social media on July 17, 2015.[1] In the CR Fashion Book, Scott stated his life was like a rodeo and he feels like he is trying to stay on a bucking animal:

It's like a Beyoncé concert. The carnival, the livestock, and the show are all parts of the event. I feel like that's how my life is. The carnival is like my imagination—it's the drive behind my vision. Even though I don't feel like I'm at a point where my shit is at an all time high, we're working to get there. We are working to get to the level of where your magazine is and to stand on that level. The livestock show is the road to get to where I'm going. At this point, I'm riding a bull for just eight seconds and it's hard as fuck. But we made it.[2][3]

Promotion[edit]

On January 26, 2015, to support the album, Scott announced he would embark on The Rodeo Tour with Young Thug and Metro Boomin.[4] On January 27, the following day, Scott released two new songs; "High Fashion" featuring Future, and "Nothing But Net" featuring Young Thug and PartyNextDoor. However, neither of them ended up being on the final version of the album.[5]

On June 12, 2015, a track titled "Drunk" featuring Young Thug, leaked online.[6] However, it was still included on the album as "Maria I'm Drunk" with an additional verse by Justin Bieber.

Singles[edit]

On June 8, 2015, Scott released the album's lead single, "3500", which features guest appearances from American rappers Future and 2 Chainz.[7][8] It peaked at number 82 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[9]

On July 29, 2015, Scott released the album's second single, "Antidote".[10] The song peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[9] On April 14, 2017, the song was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.5/10[12]
Metacritic64/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[14]
Clash6/10[15]
Complex3.5/5 stars[16]
Consequence of SoundC[17]
Exclaim!6/10[18]
HipHopDX3.5/5[19]
Pitchfork6.0/10[20]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[21]
Spin5/10[22]
XXL4/5[23]

Rodeo received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 64, based on 15 reviews.[13] Roger Krastz of XXL stated, "Overall, Rodeo has plenty of bangers and noteworthy collaborations that help bring out a fantastic trap sound that could bleed into the mainstream of hip-hop in no time."[23] Jason Bisnoff of HipHopDX stated, "Rodeo's back end after "Antidote" begin to mesh together and gets repetitive.... Nonetheless, the originality of Scott's sound within this new movement provides for a strong rookie effort leaving the listener excited for a career that is just getting started."[19] Trazier Tharpe of Complex stated, "Travis Scott made an enjoyable album for his fans peppered with undeniable bangers for his detractors."[16] David Jeffries of AllMusic stated, "With Rodeo, Travis Scott becomes a designer drug."[14] Steve "Flash" Juon of RapReviews stated, "Somewhere beneath all the hype and production he does shine through."[24] Martin Caballero of The Boston Globe stated, "His versatility, combined with a high-profile guest list, conspires against him; among 14 tracks, Scott conjures just a handful of moments that hint at untapped reserves of talent."[25]

Matthew Cooper of Clash stated, "Yes, the production is razor sharp, the beats are skewed and often very loud which makes them feel important, but in reality, it's all a façade; an image."[15] Kevin Ritchie of Now stated, "Scott goes for spacey sounds, stoner vibes and vocal filters, but despite the eclecticism, he's too elusive and bland for Rodeo to amount to a stylistic--let alone a subversive--statement."[26] Sheldon Pearce from Pitchfork stated, "He is most effective when he harshly distorts his vocals to create texture, and in the company of others he can serve as a welcome change of pace."[20] David Turner from Rolling Stone stated, "Left on his own, Scott can grow tiresome. "I Can Tell" sounds monochromatic without another voice to push this astute curator. Some rock stars are better leading bands than going solo."[21] Matthew Ramirez of Spin stated, "This is a cold, calculated record lacking in personality, though it certainly tries to deliver something that Scott is incapable of."[22]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Clash Albums of the Year 2015
24
Complex Best Albums of 2015
36
HipHopDX The Top 25 Albums of 2015 N/A

Commercial performance[edit]

Rodeo debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, moving 85,000 album-equivalent units, of which 70,000 are pure album sales.[30] It also debuted at number one on the US Rap Albums chart.[31] As of November 2015, Rodeo has sold 110,000 copies in the United States.[32] In May 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 1,000,000 units.[33]

Track listing[edit]

Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[34][35]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Pornography"
3:51
2."Oh My Dis Side" (featuring Quavo)
5:51
3."3500" (featuring Future and 2 Chainz)
7:41
4."Wasted" (featuring Juicy J)
  • Metro Boomin
  • Travis Scott
  • Frank Dukes[a]
  • Dean[a]
3:55
5."90210" (featuring Kacy Hill)
5:39
6."Pray 4 Love" (featuring The Weeknd)
5:07
7."Nightcrawler" (featuring Swae Lee and Chief Keef)
5:21
8."Piss on Your Grave" (featuring Kanye West)
2:46
9."Antidote"
  • WondaGurl
  • Travis Scott
  • Eestbound
4:22
10."Impossible"
  • Webster
  • Ritter
  • Dean
  • Ritter
  • Dean
  • Travis Scott
4:02
11."Maria I'm Drunk" (featuring Justin Bieber and Young Thug)
  • Ritter
  • Travis Scott
  • Frank Dukes
  • Bidaye
  • Dean[a]
5:49
12."Flying High" (featuring Toro y Moi)
3:28
13."I Can Tell"
  • Dean
  • Travis Scott
  • Ritter
  • FKi
3:55
14."Apple Pie"3:39
Total length:65:26

Track notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer
  • Some songs have different mixes on the physical copies of the album as opposed to the digital copies
  • "Pornography", "Wasted" and "Apple Pie" feature narration by T.I.
  • "Oh My Dis Side" features additional vocals by River Tiber
  • "90210" features additional vocals by Chantel Jeffries on the physical copies of the album
  • "Ok Alright" features additional vocals by SZA and Kacy Hill
  • "Never Catch Me" features additional vocals by Tinashe

Sample credits

  • "Pornography" contains a sample of "Expectation", performed by ACHE.
  • "Oh My Dis Side" contains a sample of "Flashbulbs", performed by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
  • "Wasted" contains samples of "Havin' Thangs '06", performed by Pimp C featuring Big Mike; and "Let Your Life Be Free", performed by T. Zchien and the Johnny.
  • "Pray 4 Love" contains a sample of "Ask the Lonely", performed by Four Tops.
  • "Antidote" contains a sample of "All I Need", performed by Lee Fields and the Expressions.
  • "Flying High" contains a sample of "Slide", performed by Slave.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[34][35]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[36] 30
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[37] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[39] 52
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[40] 5
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[41] 23
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[42] 33
French Albums (SNEP)[43] 54
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[44] 60
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[45] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 22
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[48] 4
US Billboard 200[49] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[50] 2
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[51] 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[52] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[33] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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