ARTIST PROFILE

Travis Scott

Name: Jacques Berman Webster II

Birthday: April 30, 1991

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Jacques Berman Webster II (born April 30, 1991), known professionally as Travis Scott (formerly stylized as Travi$ Scott), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Jacques Berman Webster II was born in Houston, Texas. From ages one through six, Webster lived with his grandmother in South Park, Houston. Located in south-central Houston, the neighborhood was notorious for crime and had an impact on a young Webster, “Growing up, my grandmother stayed in the ‘hood so I seen random crazy shit. [I saw] mad bums and crazy spazzed out motherfuckers, I saw people looking weird, hungry, and grimey [sic]. I was always like, ‘I gotta get the fuck out this shit.’ It gave me my edge—[it made me] who I am right now.” Webster moved to Missouri City, a middle-class suburban area bordering southwest Houston, to live with his parents. His mother worked for Apple and his father ran his own business. Webster’s father is also a soul musician and his grandfather was a jazz composer. Webster attended Elkins High School and graduated at seventeen. Webster then attended the University of Texas San Antonio, before dropping out his sophomore year to fully pursue his music career.

After dropping out, Webster immediately moved to New York City in an attempt to start his music career. His parents, frustrated that he had dropped out of school, eventually cut him off financially.

 

In 2012, Scott signed his first major-label deal with Epic Records. In November of the same year, Scott signed a deal with Kanye West’s GOOD Music, as part of its production wing Very GOOD Beats, after appearing on the label’s 2012 compilation album Cruel Summer. In April 2013, Scott signed a record deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint.

Scott’s first full-length project, a mixtape titled Owl Pharaoh, was self-released in May 2013. This was followed with a second mixtape, titled Days Before Rodeo, in August 2014. His debut studio album, Rodeo, was released in September 2015 and was led by the hit single “Antidote”, which reached the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, was released in September 2016, to generally positive reviews. The following year, Travis Scott released a collaborative album with Quavo titled Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho under the group name Huncho Jack. He released his third album, Astroworld, on August 3, 2018; it produced his first Hot 100 number one single, “Sicko Mode”.

Scott has stated that he is influenced by Bon Iver, Kid Cudi, M.I.A., Kanye West, Toro y Moi, Tame Impala, T.I. and Thom Yorker.Spin magazine compared his 2013 mixtape Owl Pharaoh to that of Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.

Scott makes heavy use of audio manipulation effects such as Auto-Tune, phasing, delays, and stereo-sculpted chorusing and harmony structures, predominantly influenced by producers Mike Dean and Alex Tumay. Scott’s musical style has been described as a “blend between traditional hip-hop and lo-fi” and often characterized as “ambient”; Scott himself has said “I’m not hip-hop”.Vulture described Scott’s sound as “unremittingly dark, syncretic, hi-res, and above all unnatural.”

Scott has said that he is a fan of Broadway theatre and would like to do an album of show tune covers. He has said that he would like to write his own musical in the future.

Scott began dating reality television star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner in April 2017. On February 1, 2018, Jenner gave birth to their first child, daughter Stormi Webster, but on October 2nd, 2019, it was reported that they split up after two and a half years together.