[Review] Song by song breakdown of Travi$ Scott’s “Rodeo” album

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After one of the dopest projects of 2014, and possibly the last few years, Travi$ Scott’s highly anticipated Rodeo album is here. With features from Kanye West, Two Chainz, Justin Bieber, Toro y Moi, Young Thug, Future, Chief Keef and more, Rodeo is quite the experience, albeit a slightly underwhelming one, when compared to Days Before Rodeo. Below is a track by track breakdown of the album.

Song breakdowns in red font mean that the song is one of the best on the album, orange means it’s pretty good and blue means that it’s not that great.

  1. “Pornography”Travi$ showcases some of the growth he’s made as an artist with the use of the sound bites at the beginning of “Pornography” and his delivery sounds more polished than it did on Days Before Rodeo. Very solid intro track, sets the tone for the rest of the album.
  2. “Oh My Dis Side” ft. Quavo– The first 2 and a half minutes of this song sounds a lot like something off of Days Before Rodeo. Nothing special or interesting about this track. The second half of the song slows down and makes up a little bit for the rough start. Somewhat forgettable and the use of autotune is incredibly overbearing at the beginning. Travi$ should have just made this a two part song and split it up throughout the rest of the album.
  3. “3500” ft. 2 Chainz & Future– Not much needs to be said about this one. Future does his thing, using some lines that are eerily similar to the ones he spits on “Thought It Was a Drought.” 2 Chainz wraps it up and manages to be slightly comedic, whether it’s intentional or not remains to be seen, rapping “I was born with some nappy hair. Drinking breast milk out a lean cup.” Overall, I wish that this track hit a little bit harder, it’s very lowkey considering who’s on it. Had so much potential, could have been an absolute banger.
  4. “Wasted” ft. Juicy J– This song honestly isn’t that great, incredibly forgettable. The last 30 seconds does sound pretty interesting though.
  5. “90210”– My Twitter feed was popping with tweets about 90210 when Rodeo originally leaked so naturally I couldn’t wait to hear it. After the first few listens I really, really like this one. The beat is much different to a lot of what Travi$ normally goes in over and it shows that he’s not afraid to try something different. One of my favorites.
  6. “Pray 4 Love” ft. The Weeknd– This is about as honest as we’ve ever heard Travi$. Undoubtedly the best track on the album. The Weeknd kills his part as well. I wasn’t sure Travi$ could make a meaningful, introspective song, but he can, got damn.
  7. “Night Call” ft. Chief Keef & Swae Lee– Another slightly bland song, way too close to “Antidote” to have made the final cut for the album. The best part of this song is Chief Keef’s verse, haven’t heard him rap that fast in a while. Bang bang.
  8. “Piss on Your Grave” ft. Kanye West– Kanye and Travi$ trade bars over this and it gets wild. There’s a slight Yeezus influence on this track, not surprisingly.
  9. “Antidote”– I’m really not a big fan of this track. When it dropped almost all of my friends were bumping it but I think it’s too catchy and poppy for Travi$, radio rap.
  10. “Impossible”– Travi$ takes some time to get lowkey and intimate on “Impossible.” A nice change of pace after listening to the 3 tracks before this.
  11. “Maria I’m Drunk” ft. Justin Bieber & Young Thug– Travi$ continues with the lowkey, slowed down, H-Town vibe on this one. With features from Young Thug and Justin Bieber this might be the most interesting song on the tracklist. I hate to admit it, but Justin sounds dope as hell on this song.
  12. “Flying High” ft. Toro y Moi- Man, I love Toro y Moi, his album Samantha is one of the best projects of the summer. He and Travi$ are an interesting combo. The song is solid from start to finish, but leaves you with a puzzled feeling simply because it doesn’t line up with the 11 songs before it. I like it a lot, but maybe it should have been released as a single and left off the album.
  13. “I Can Tell”– Travi$’s flow on “I Can Tell” is the best of the album. He sounds perfectly at home. I could listen to this over and over. The beat, his voice, everything works.
  14. “Apple Pie”– The perfect way to end the album. With songs like this Travi$ proves that he’s capable of making songs much different than what we saw on Days Before Rodeo. Songs with more substance, without referencing substances. “I don’t want yo apple pie, noooooo.”

Written by Jesse Wiles

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