Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo


The Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Migos, etc. wave of Rap is not my forte, so let me just get that out of the way. Funny enough that two out of the 3 acts I mentioned prior, happen to show up on this mixtape that seemingly came out of nowhere and had/has the internet ablaze amongst a host of other things that are out there (like Jeezy’s new album going on pre-orders). If Travis Scott has dropped anything since Owl Pharaoh, I haven’t been paying attention. Now, that album was pretty dope, and was quite enjoyable, but eventually I just tapered off of it to focus on other things. The thundering trap beats with dark and gloomy autotune ad-libs lurking from the speakers give Travis at least some personality when it comes to his music, and that’s what’s important – to stand out, especially when so many people sound like each other, but that’s a different story for a different day.


Through my random music listening session, I said “what the heck” and started playing this album. Very surprised that it jumped out of the gate so quickly in grabbing my attention and holding it till the end. Now…I still don’t get the hype around Young Thug (at all, at all. At. All), so I didn’t care for him on either of the 2 tracks he was featured on, but RHQ did justice. In the post-MBDTF world of Kanye West, you can tell that his style rubs off on his proteges, and that’s equally a good and bad thing (unless if you’re on the other side of the fence and think Kanye steals from folks, go right ahead). MamacitaQuintana 2 (fire!!), Don’t Play, and Zombies are just a sample of tracks that add emphasis to build hype for whatever comes next with Travis. I already went out on a limb and said that this is better than Owl, but I’ll leave that to you to decipher for yourself. It’s definitely a good listen to take in for whatever scenario you’re in at the moment, whether in the home, on transit or in the car, or at the club. A good time. Enjoy.

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