One reason I like going to live shows is to see an artist first-hand and get to know their true essence beyond what you can hear on the record. More often than not, I come away with a more favorable impression of the artist and that was definitely the case this weekend for G.O.O.D. Music rising star Travi$ Scott.
Scott has made waves this year not only with production on Kanye West's Yeezus but also with his most recent solo project, Owl Pharaoh. I've talked with a couple of artists whose music taste I greatly respect essentially say that Owl Pharaoh was one of the dopest mixtapes this year, and even on top of that glowing review, I couldn't quite get into it aside from the production. With this in mind Friday night, I was eager to see if my opinion would change experiencing some of these tracks live.
And it did.
Travi$' energy was intense and infectious throughout. The crowd that filled up the Bottom Lounge were true fans as well — jumping up and down and even moshing as soon as Scott made a surprise entrance when the DJ put on some Big Sean Hall Of Fame tracks on during the intermission between sets. Two songs in, Scott was already stage diving into the crowd, as Mano brilliantly captured from on stage on Instagram.
Throughout the set, Scott paused a couple of times, weaved into the crowd and up on the bars at the back of the venue, screaming at the crowd that this is a Travi$ Scott show and that we all need to collectively rage more (or something to that effect.) He was successful, especially when bringing out surprise Chicago guests Fredo Santana and SD (of GBE). Scott closed the set with "Upper Echelon", the Owl Pharaoh standout that I did initially gravitate towards due to the catchy chorus, and Bottom Lounge closed immediately thereafter. The set didn't run as smooth as it could have — Scott apparently ran over time, which is why everyone was immediately ushered out, and the ending felt rushed even though the set as a whole was on the short side. Plus, Scott's loud yelling may have caused some mic damage — he needed a new one when Fredo & SD came out, and there was some clear in and out moments in the last track. I think that's because Scott stayed true to his tweet and actually broke shit in the form of that mic, hah!
All in all, it was a great show, Scott shows some clear potential as a solo artist, and I definitely enjoyed the trap and raging experience that I don't normally get from attending the more soulful hip hop shows I love to go to. Maks G loved it even more, as he was in the pit to snap all of the photos above. Get a glimpse of what went down Friday night above and be sure to head on out to where Travi$ Scott is when he comes to your hometown.