“Astroworld” Review


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Brayden Baker, Writer

The album “Astroworld,” by singer-songwriter Travis Scott is nothing short of incredible. After releasing his breakout album “Birds in The Trap Sing Mcknight” in 2016, Scott had set the stage for the highly-anticipated album. As a tribute to his birthplace, Scott named his album “Astroworld”, which is a shutdown amusement park in Houston.

Different from many albums in hip hop, this album is very diverse from start to finish.  For certain songs, he creates an intense atmosphere while others are concentrated on low vocals and instrumental sounds to create something that is different from other music. 

On this album, Travis Scott adds no features, but he uses the styles of Frank Ocean, Drake, Swae Lee, Gunna, Nav, 21 Savage, Juice World, Sheck Wes, The Weekend and Stevie Wonder to generate his own sound. 

The first song in the album, “Stargazing,” is Scott’s way of expressing success in his life, but also allows him to showcase the hardships he faced on this path. The lyric “Then a storm came in and saved my life,” demonstrates how he was facing hardship in life, but “storm” represents his daughter Stormi Webster, who “came in and saved [his life].” His daughter in this lyric shows one of the successes he possesses in his life.

My personal favorite song of the album is “Stop Trying To Be God.” There are a lot of heavy lyrics within the song that illustrates this message, such as Scott singing “that’s not who you- are,” and “that’s just not your- job.” Other powerful sounds in the song occur when James Blake hums in a section and when Stevie Wonder plays the harmonica. The song in its entirety shames rappers who have egos that make them behave like God, or better than everyone else.

“No Bystanders” is the sixth song in the album, and it focuses on the chaos in his life. The song talks about what it is like to be a busy music artist like himself. Within the song he develops a strong importance on the traveling and tourism he does as a career from venue to venue. “The party never ends… In a motel, layin’ with my sins,” illustrates the struggles Scott faces by living this kind of life. He is always occupied by his lifestyle, which can become a negative thing when he finds himself “layin’ with [his] sins.” 

“Stargazing,” “Stop Trying To Be God,” and “No Bystanders” all embody something very different from each other that really brings out the diversity of the entire album. “Astroworld” is one of the better albums out there, in my opinion, since the lyrics that make up each song have true meaning and represent something important in Scott’s life while demonstrating diverse aspects of his career.