Believe the hype behind ‘Astroworld’

Travis Scott’s sophomore album release shows his personal life in a new light

Fair use from Epic Records

Fair use from Epic Records

Kate Schneider

Upon the release of Travis Scott’s latest album release “Astroworld,” anticipation is met through personal lyrics and noticeable features such as Drake and The Weeknd.

Travis Scott’s well-balanced mix of contemporary and mainstream rap through the tracklist gives a smooth path of songs for the audience to enjoy. Astroworld offers both a familiar trap sound for longtime listeners and new, more heartfelt changeups.

One of the most emotional songs from his album is “Stop Trying to Be God.” It’s full of biblical references and both Kylie Jenner and his daughter Stormi make an appearance in the music video.

Since the release of his last album, Travis Scott had a daughter with his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner. Kylie was mentioned in multiple songs on the album, including “Stargazing” and “Sicko Mode.” The songs tell about his love for her and their journey together in a very sweet and creative way.

“Astroworld” is named after a closed amusement park in Scott’s hometown of Houston. From an eerie start with “Stargazing” to the deeply personal finish with “Coffee Bean,” the album is like a trip through a funhouse. It is entertaining, psychedelic and has something brand new around every twist and turn.

The strongest part of “Astroworld” is the seemingly never-ending list of top artists featured on it. Some of the standout names are Drake, Swae Lee, James Blake, The Weeknd and 21 Savage.

Some of the top songs on “Astroworld” are “Sicko Mode,” “Stargazing,” and “Carousel.” The ongoing beat changes in “Sicko Mode” featuring Drake creates an interesting and hard-hitting trap banger and “Stargazing” is a great start to the album.

The songs come together as a cohesive collection, full of intimate lyrics about Scott’s personal life in order to produce his best album yet.

“Astroworld:” ★★★★☆

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