Arts & Culture Editor
Much like The Weeknd’s new album, this album is dark and nocturnal. The production is stellar and Scott really excels in creating a strong aesthetic. He uses overdriven auto-tune throughout the whole project in similar fashion as Chief Keef on his experimental Back from the Dead 2. The soulless electronic growls accompany the production well. Songs like “Oh My Dis Side,” and “Wasted” have great instrumentals that really work because of the atmosphere.
This is Scott’s first project that sounds cohesive. The only exception to this might be the Kanye produced “P*** on Your Grave,” which is one of the oddest songs to come out this year, featuring a guitar solo and Kanye screaming at you about desecrating a place of burial. Its unique and while many won't enjoy it, it shows Travi$ as an artist (with a good sense of humor). That said it doesn't really fit into the album.
The features on this project are great and consistently outperform Scott. interestingly, He brings on almost every rapper he’s been compared to. On the good but unnecessarily long “3500,” Scott shows a lack of technical ability and is outperformed by Future, who is more of a singer than rapper, and 2 Chainz who is considered to be one of the biggest jokes in hip-hop.
“Nightcrawler” is one of the best songs on the album and find a good balance between dark and party music. It has an ear worm of a hook and Chief Keef comes through with one of the best verses on the album. “Antidote” finds the same balance and is one of the few songs where Scott can carry the energy of the song the whole way through without help.
On songs like “90210,” and “Maria, I’m Drunk,” Scott shows his softer side which is reminiscent of Kanye’s 808 & Heartbreak. These songs works really well not because of what Scott is saying but because of how emotive he is. “Maria, I’m Drunk” is a surprising good song about long and feature good verses from Young Thug and surprisingly Justin Bieber.
One major problem with the project is that it seems like a lot of the second half is filler. “Impossible” matches the aesthetic just fine but by the half point of the song, you’re waiting for it to finish. The Toro Y Moi collaboration isn’t anything spectacular.
Overall, this is a good project and though it has many faults, Travi$ Scott feels like he is finally finding his own voice and rising above the comparisons that have plagued him. Many of the song has elements of other artists but most of the songs I couldn’t see on any other projects. Even if there are similar, they are unique in their own way and creativity, especially in hip-hop, is about taking ideas and reappropriating them into a unique context which Scott succeeds in doing on this project.
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