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Travis Scott brings show to Indy

Young artist has an interesting background


Local music fans will get a treat on Wednesday, February 20 when Grammy-nominee Travis Scott invades Banker’s, Life Fieldhouse.

Scott, who performed at last week’s Grammy Awards, will be making his third appearance in Indianapolis but first as a headline act. The show is part of Scott’s “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here” tour.

Scott first appeared in Indianapolis when he joined Kanye West onstage in 2017 and also performed at the Lawn at White River State Park in 2017 with R&B singer Khalid. Scott’s current release, “Astroworld,” landed at No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s magazine list of 50 Best Albums of 2018.

Scott was born in Houston, Texas like fellow artists such as Maxo Kream, Sauce Walka, and  RiFF RAFF. During his early years, he grew up and was raised by his grandmother in Missouri City, Texas but still had his parents in his life.

Growing up he heard different genres of music from being in the house to go to school and hearing the latest. Once he got around to middle school began to make new friends, and he asks them to call him Travis or Trav for short, a nickname he gave himself. It stuck. He has an uncle named Travis, where the nickname came from.

As high school came around he began tagging along going to local studio sessions and dabbling in the booth himself. He felt the connection with the music.

Travis and friend Chris Holloway made a rap duo named Graduates releasing an EP under the duo’s name. He graduated at the age of 17 from Elkins High School and went to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

After one year of college he dropped out and took a leap of faith and pursued his music career seriously by moving to New York City. He lived with his friend Mike Waxx, who owned a music site called all roots.

Travis slept on the floor in his friend small apartment, but not for long because he soon got frustrated with his music and moved out to Los Angeles after four months. When Travis made it to L.A. another one of his friend who promises him housing told him he can no longer stay with him.

A now homeless Scott moved back home to Houston to live with his parents, but they shut their doors on him too. Trav just moved back to L.A. and connected with another friend who went to the University of Southern California who was also rapper/producer.

Travis kept recording and putting out music gain a decent following out on the west coast. Which somehow caught the attention of from one of Atlanta’s legend T.I. who heard the song “Lights (Love Sick)”. T.I. then invited Travis to the studio with him. That led to Travis signing his first record deal with Epic Records in early 2012.

Gaining him a bigger following day by day. He was ready to drop his first mixtape “Owl Pharaoh” but he got delayed because another huge music artist wanted to help the young rapper. Kanye West then helped with the production with Mike Dean another huge music producer/mixer.

The mixtape was delayed twice because of sample clearance issues.

With these issues coming up, Travis got in the booth and did a remix on Pusha T song “Blocka” and released in the under four days of the recording. The song was named “Blocka La Flame”. Then gotta in connection with Chicago producer Young Chop who is popular for many Chief Keef songs. Releasing “Quintana” which released with a visual music video the same day which was his only single from the mixtape.

Travis performed at the 2017 NBA All-Star game and is a hot artist. His concert next week is a hot ticket in town. Tickets are available online from $27 up to $112.

Travis has been nominated for the MTV Awards, BET Awards, Teen Choice Awards and the Grammy’s. Travis is 26 and has a one-year-old daughter named Stormi Webster. The baby’s mom is Kylie Jenner.

Travis has a stamp on the fashion game with his collab with Jordan and the modeling world. Many fans say he has the best and wildest shows ever in the new age of hip hop.

With him performing at this year’s Super Bowl and Grammys. He has accomplished so much and is still putting on for his hometown. He now owns his own label which has some big names signed to it such as SmokePurpp, Promethazine and WifisFuneral.

Next week’s show promises to be exciting, with a Travis Scott roller coaster above the stage. This is a can’t miss the show.

 

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