On record, Houston hip-hop star Travis Scott often navigates in darkness. He unleashes raw emotion over woozy, brooding beats, his voice warbled via Auto-Tune as if underwater. It’s a somewhat sedated, druggy sound, one that’s been co-opted and imitated by many but never quite duplicated. Onstage, it’s a different story.
The 25-year-old rapper and producer is a firestorm of a performer. Arenas and festival stages can hardly contain him. The intimate setting at Jewel Nightclub inside Aria made his performance even more intense.
The kickoff of his monthly event, The Travis Scott Experience, on February 3—which coincided with the launch of the venue’s new The Good Life Fridays promo—brought fans up close to the “Antidote” rapper. Birdcages with fake vultures dangled from the ceiling, a nod to his lauded sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, as La Flame stalked the stage and banged his head, his braids whooshing under purple and red lights.
For 40 minutes, Scott performed snippets of his bangers, from “Pick Up the Phone” and “Goosebumps” to “Beibs in the Trap” and “Wonderful,” while his entourage did some stage dives. Much to security’s dismay, a shirtless Scott even hopped into the crowd, making the experience that much more personal for fans.
Photos by Tony Tran Photography