Biography of Travis Scott
Travis Scott (formerly Travi $ Scott, La Flame, Cactus Jack, birth name – Jacques Berman Webster II) – trap artist, author of popular hits (“Butterfly Effect”, “Can’t Say”, “Antidote”, “Mamacita ”) and three platinum albums (“Rodeo”, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, “Astroworld”), Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend and father of her daughter. He is called a “phenomenon”, “the epitome of glam avant-garde”, “the voice of a new generation”, “hip-hop king of chaos”.
Rap artist Travis Scott
Childhood and youth
The future extraordinary rap artist was born on April 30, 1992 in Houston, Texas, and grew up in his suburb of Missouri City. Due to the busyness of the parents, the boy’s upbringing until the age of seven was carried out by his grandmother Seeley. His dad, Jacques, ran his own business, and his mom, Wanda, was a clerk at an AT&T mobile phone store.
Travis Scott as a child with his father
Around 2005, Wanda became the sole breadwinner in their family, where, in addition to Travis, a younger sister and two brothers (younger Joshua and autistic older Marcus) were growing up. The head of the family decided to leave work in order to devote himself entirely to music. He played drums and was not the only musician in their family: my grandmother’s husband was known as a virtuoso jazz performer, and Uncle Travis played the bass guitar. It was he who inspired the future rapper to take such a pseudonym, at least his first part.
The creatively gifted Jacques Jr. attended the prestigious Elkins High School, participated in theatrical productions, and in high school became interested in rap. In 2008, he posted his first EP on Myspace, created with a friend. Then, together with classmate Jason Eric, known under the pseudonym OG Che$$, he organized a group, rapped, and produced joint projects.
After graduating from school in 2009, the young man became a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, though not for long. In his second year of study, he realized that he liked writing music and coming up with interesting lyrics more than mastering the secrets of “international business” (as the specialization he had chosen was called). As a result, he dropped out of school, despite the fact that his parents, trying to force his son to continue his education, deprived him of financial support.
Young Travis Scott
Dropping out of college, Webster made attempts to get into the music industry. He went to New York, stayed with a friend and worked on his songs, but he did not achieve an instant breakthrough and victories. Then he moved to Los Angeles, got the email address of sound engineer Anthony Kilhoffer, who worked with rapper Kanye West, and sent him his tracks for review. Then West himself, the head of the GOOD Music label, considered that the work of the rookie rapper deserves attention, and invited him to participate in the recording of the Cruel Summer compilation.
Travis Scott and Kanye West
At the same time, Travis was approached by Grand Hustle owner, rapper and actor TI (Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.), who praised his track “Lights (Love Sick)”. When the young man came to his studio, TI freestyled the track of his new colleague “Animal”, signed the young man as a solo artist on Epic Records, a subsidiary label of his company. Soon Scott also got a contract with Kanye’s record company.
In 2013, the talented Houstonian took part in the recording of West’s Yeezus and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail albums, and also released his debut mixtape Owl Pharaoh, the release of which was postponed several times. As part of the promotion, Travis presented the song “Blocka La Flame” and the music video for the song “Quintana”. In the same year, XXL magazine, dedicated to hip-hop culture, included his name in their list of freshers deserving special attention.
Since 2013, Travis Scott’s career has been rapidly developing
In 2014, the musician performed at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. He then released his second mixtape “Days Before Rodeo”, promoting it with the singles Don’t Play and Mamacita, and embarked on a US tour in support of the forthcoming album. During it, he visited more than two dozen cities with concerts, including his native Houston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, impressing the audience with his extremely eccentric manner of performance. Many well-known colleagues in the workshop took part in the rapper’s performances – Kanye West, Chris, Wale, Baby, etc.
In 2015, the rap artist released his debut studio CD, Rodeo, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 pop chart and number one on the Top Rap Albums. Along with solo tracks, the author included collaborations with a number of world-famous rappers – with Canadian stars Weeknd, Justin Bieber, with compatriot singers Quavo, Young Thug, Future, Chief Keef. The composition Antidote from this disc hit the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and later became four times platinum.
Travis Scott’s height is 178 cm
In February 2016, the rapper was featured in designer Alexander Wang’s #WANGSQUAD campaign featuring model Kylie Jenner, Canadian singer Alice Glass, American hip hop artist Vince Staples, DJ Metro Boomin, songwriter Tinanshi, rappers Big Sean, Vic Mensa, iLoveMakonnen and skateboarder Kerren Caples. In June, the single “Pick Up the Phone” with Young Thug was released, which was later awarded double platinum.
The musician’s second album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, released in September, took the lead in the Billboard 200. The project features a social theme – drugs, indifference, as well as lyrical and emotional motives. According to the author, he tried to show that he is not only madly in love with rap, but also tries to make it perfect.
In January of the following year, Travis Scott announced the release of his own clothing line, created in collaboration with the fashion brand Helmut Lang. In March, in partnership with Lil Uzi Vert and Quavo, the rapper released a video for the song “Go Off” and announced the start of a new concert tour in New Orleans, Louisiana, called “Birds Eye View” (“From a bird’s eye view”), which ended in June in Eugene, Oregon. The European leg of this tour was launched in Paris at the end of the same month, and completed in July in Turku, Finland.
He then joined the tour of Pulitzer Prize-winning Kendrick Lamar, who appeared in the video for “Goosebumps” from Travis’ second album. In December, fans of rap music enthusiastically greeted his joint album with Quavo “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho”. He also participated in the project of the Canadian artist Drake “More Life”. Their song “Portland” peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
Especially rave reviews from critics and fans deserved the latest record of the musician Astroworld, released in 2018, recognized as an exemplary record and a demonstration of his enormous achievements. Her concept is dedicated to a closed children’s amusement park in the rap artist’s hometown.
It reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart (like the previous disc), entered the lists of the best records according to Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and received a Grammy nomination.
Guest stars on the recording included his idol Kid Cudi, the legendary Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd, Nav, Gunna, Juice WRLD and many more.
On the wave of success in the fall, the rapper was chosen as the face of the spring 2019 collection of the Parisian haute couture house Saint Laurent. He also appeared with Kylie Jenner on the cover of GQ and prepared with her participation the video for the song “Stop trying to be God”, which was later called “the craziest video of the year”.
The year 2018 was remembered by the rapper for opening his own label Cactus Jack Records, as well as participating in the recording of the Black Panther soundtrack with Chadwick Boseman. The first artist signed to Travis’ label was rapper Smokepurpp. In February 2018, they presented a video for the joint song “Fingers Blue”
In January 2019, the rapper took part in the recording of a video clip for the song “Mile High” from the album “Assume Form” by British singer James Blake. The creators of the video “sent” him and a fellow performer into outer space.
Travis Scott now
A month later, Travis performed in the NFL Super Bowl Finals, performing the hit “Sicko Mode”, and a little later showed a video for the song “Can’t Say”, which features motorcycle stunts and stylish Saint Laurent suits. In addition, together with Schoolboy Q, he participated in the creation of a video for his song “Chopstix”, acting as a conductor.
In April it became known that the creators of “Game of Thrones” instructed him, singer The Weeknd and soul singer SZA to record the track of the final season of the famous series.
Travis Scott released several music videos in 2023, including “Antisocial” for a song with Ed Sheeran, “Wake up” and “Franchise” for a song with Young Thug and MIA
In addition, 2023 was a significant year for Travis thanks to the collaboration with McDonald’s. The rapper and the global fast food chain have released a limited collection of The Cactus Jack Meal sets featuring a musician figure.
Travis Scott’s personal life
In 2017, the rapper started dating Kylie Jenner. The lovers appeared together at social events – at the Coachella festival, at a basketball game. They made a pair of butterfly tattoos in honor of the song “Butterfly”.
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
In February 2018, the billionaire beauty gave him a daughter, Stormy, and he pleased her with a Ferrari for $1.4 million, and for her birthday in August, presented a vintage Rolls-Royce of the 1950s. In 2019, his beloved suspected him of treason. They quarreled, but soon decided to forget all the grievances, according to insiders, for the sake of their daughter.
Before Kylie, the musician dated model Shantel Jeffries, and in 2015 there were rumors about his romantic relationship with Rihanna.
Travis Scott with his wife and daughter
The rap artist would like to enter the architecture department at Harvard. He is a fan of the Broadway theater, dreams of releasing an album of cover versions of the show and writing his own musical.
Travis Scott and his daughter Stormy
In August 2023, the media reported that Kylie and Travis were expecting their second child, which finally confirmed the rumors about the reunion of a beautiful and successful couple.
Travis Scott now
In 2023, the rapper promised to release the album “Utopia” by the end of the year. A few days before its release, tragedy struck during Travis Scott’s performance at the Astroworld festival in Texas. About 50 thousand people came to see the show. Due to the fact that everyone wanted to get closer to the idol, a stampede began. When rapper Drake entered the stage with Travis, pandemonium began. About 300 people were injured in the stampede, and 8 – they were from 14 to 27 years old – died from their injuries.
Travis Scott was accused of not stopping the concert, even when an ambulance drove up to the stadium, but on the contrary, urged the audience to have fun: “I want the ground to shake under you!”. Whether the musician is guilty, the court will decide: perhaps the organizer of the event, who did not provide proper security measures, will be guilty. However, the consequences were not long in coming. His beloved Kylie Jenner was bullied for publishing a video from the festival and began to massively unsubscribe from her Instagram. Travis himself was removed from the Fortnite game (more precisely, a paid emote with his face), and Sony removed the PlayStation 5 ad featuring him.