The Trial and Tribulations of Travis Scott
Born to Wanda Webster in Huston, Texas, on April 30, 1992, Jacques Berman Webster II, aka Cactus Jack, aka Travis Scott was raised by his grandmother in a middle-class suburban town in Missouri City, an area bordering southwest Houston. Travis comes from a family with a long line of musicians: his father, an entrepreneur, was also a drummer; and his grandfather, who he lived with between ages one to six, was a jazz composer. Young Travis displayed tremendous musical promise from an early age.
He took up drum lessons from his father at the age of 4 and produced his first song when he just 13 years old. Although his parents supported and encouraged his musical endeavors as a hobby, they did not approve of his intention to pursue music as a career. They wanted him to work toward a steadier vocation than merely dropping beats, while still living in their house. Travis' confrontations with his father would sometimes escalate into fist fights, often in front of his friends.
Travis began cutting class and would lie to his mother to get her to pay for his plane tickets to New York and Los Angeles, which he traveled to network and learn hands-on music production. He his parents learned of this, they cut him off financially. This was perhaps Travis' toughest phase in his musical journey. While in New York, he collaborated with Mike Waxx, grinding it out in Just Blaze's studio. He often had to couch-surf and even sleep on studio floors. Having spent four months in Washington, New York, and triggered by the lack of progression, Travis moved to Los Angeles.
He stayed there till he ran out of money and was forced to move back to his parent's house in Houston. Tired of his shenanigans, he was booted out of the house by his father. Travis moved to Los Angeles once more, where he spent several nights on his friend's couch, who studied at the University of Southern California. That's when he received a studio call from Atlanta-based rapper/producer and owner of Grand Hustle records, T.I., who had chanced on one of Travis' productions titled, "Lights(Love Sick)" and invited Travis over to his studio. Travis free-styled on "Animal," one of his songs and the rest, as we say, is history.
Early Career and Mainstream Success
Admittedly, Travis' major influences in terms of sound and musical aesthetic come from Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Bjork, Portishead and Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke. His first solo recording effort came in the form of a mixtape title, Owl Pharaoh. He put it out free download on the iTunes store, before dropping his second mixtape, Days Before Rodeo. Later, he took to Twitter to announce his major-label debut studio album, Rodeo. To promote the album, and still basking in the success of his 2nd mixtape, Travis announced the Rodeo Tour.
Scott's Rodeo Tour soon gathered the reputation of being one of the wildest hip-hop/rap tours in history. Fronted by two singles, "3500" and "Antidote," Scott's debut album Rodeo was released in September 2015 on Grand Hustle and Epic Records. "Antidote" became the highest charting single on Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 16; and the album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. His second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, however, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2017, Scott announced a collaborative album, titled Astroworld. The album was named after his favorite theme park in his hometown, Houston. Astroworld was released in August 2018 to much critical acclaim. The album featured several hip-hop and Trap music stalwarts like Drake, Kanye West and Atlanta-based rapper, Quavo of Migos. The album's second single release, "Sicko Mode," feat. Drake became Travis' highest-charting rap song on Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number one. In December, Travis was invited to play at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Travis Scott is currently dating reality TV star Kylie Jenner, with whom he recently had a baby girl, Stormi Webster. Scott's net worth is estimated to be $50million. Travis Scott currently has 9.2 million followers on Instagram and 3.51 million followers on Twitter.