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Travis Scott is the stage name of Jacques Webster, a Houston-born hip-hop artist and producer affiliated with Kanye West’s GOOD Music and T.I.’s Grand Hustle. Scott has a heavily Auto-Tuned half-sung/half-rapped vocal style, and refers to himself as a singer rather than a rapper.
He’s produced or co-produced tracks by Kanye West, Rihanna, and Drake, and he’s appeared on tracks by Jay-Z, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and numerous others. Within four years of his 2012 mainstream arrival, Scott attained platinum singles as a lead artist and songwriter/producer, as well as a pair of Top Five studio albums, the latter of which went to number one.
Scott grew up in a suburb of Houston and began making music as a teenager. He formed a duo called the Graduates with Chris Holloway, and they released an EP in 2009. The following year, he formed another duo, the Classmates, with OG Chess. Scott produced the duo’s two full-lengths, Buddy Rich and Cruis’n USA, and the duo broke up by the end of 2011.
After dropping out of college, Scott moved to Los Angeles and began recording music on his own. He met T.I. and eventually Kanye West. West hired Scott as an in-house producer for GOOD Music, and appeared on the label’s 2012 compilation Cruel Summer. Scott’s debut, Owl Pharaoh, was originally scheduled to be released as a free mixtape in 2012, but as his profile grew (including a placement in XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class of 2013), and due to sample clearance issues, the album wasn’t released until May of 2013.
Featuring guest appearances by T.I. and 2 Chainz (on single “Upper Echelon”) as well as Toro y Moi and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, the mixtape eventually garnered a nomination for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.