I listened to Travis Scott's rodeo and I came away unimpressed with Travis's work on the mic. Some of the hooks are great, “3500,” “Oh My Dis Side,” and “Antidote” in particular. The production of the album is fantastic, but that was expected. I wanted something more dynamic from Travis's voice, he does not do anything interesting with his tone or Inflection; most of the people featured on the album do not have that problem though. it is especially noticeable when Kanye West shows up on “Piss On Your Grave” where Travis’s voice is usually steady, Ye’s vocals turn into screams, yelps, and squeals. “90210” is the one of the rare times I feel Travis really uses any dynamic range. Travis is just not a dynamic emcee. He is really only good for one thing, turn up music.
That is where I have been conflicted by this album, because I don’t like it. Am I wrong for not liking it because Travis just is not interesting to me? Am I wrong for not liking it because there is not a single bar on this album that sticks out through the production? Am I wrong in wanting what this album was not intending to be? Am I wrong for not liking this album because I was not trying to turn up while listening to it? Am I? I don’t even really care though because if I wanted something else Scarface and Add-2 both dropped albums the same week as Rodeo that I like better.
Other than that, the production on this album is really good, it is mixed well and the features are decent. This is perfect music for someone that does not want to have to think about what is being said - so perfect for the turn up. Kanye asks on the album if you are entertained by him and La Flame, the answer is not really.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)