An Incomplete List of “Travi$ Scott’s” “Influences” on “His” “New” Album, ‘Rodeo’

We break down the world's most original rapper.
By    August 31, 2015

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This Friday, you’ll hit snooze four times, eat stale toast, sit in traffic, spill coffee as you run into work–late again–and fester in the recycled air and fluorescent lights, selling off another day you can never get back. But this time, you’ll be happy about it.

This Friday, you’ll dash back out to your Yaris and head straight to the closest big-box retailer to buy Rodeo, the new album from Travi$ Scott, America’s greatest and most innovative rapper. To help you parse what’s sure to be one of the most gripping listening experiences of your lifetime, we’ve taken the liberty of listing all those persons (and things) that Scott found “helpful” in the making of this album.


Big Rube

Big Sean

Paul Donald Wright, Jr., known professionally as “Big Show”

Future

Young Thug

Thomas Mitchell in Stagecoach

Rich Homie Quan

Someone named Darryl

Kanye West

Paul McCartney

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Bryan Larson, an insurance claims adjuster from Madison, Wis. who Scott heard playing “Come Together” on karaoke night at the Islands Bar & Grill in Burbank

A waitress at the adjacent Buffalo Wild Wings with a bladder infection

Kid Cudi, of all people

Maria

Justin Bieber

CyHi tha Prynce

CyHi tha Prynce’s estranged father, Donald Rumsfeld

MARIA

Zachary Johnson, an Uber Pool driver who suggested Scott watch the Jake Gyllenhaal neo-noir Nightcrawler

The comedy stylings of Chris Tucker, but only the stuff since 2007, the misunderstood stuff

Wale (not on the album, just on text messages he “wrote” in the studio while he was finishing the album)

Queen Latifah in Chicago

MARIA!

The Capital One commercials where Alec Baldwin asks “What’s in your wallet?”

Faith Hill

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs PJ Crowley

J. Cole

The electro-pop songs Nocando wrote for Norah Jones in Cabo

Torii MacAdams

Ryan Hemsworth, but only his Twitter feed

A guy named Spencer who left Dartmouth to make frozen yogurt at the Ramat Aviv Mall in Tel Aviv

Drake

Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States

The owl from the OVO logo

@robesman

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M A R I A

The Winklevoss twins

Erik Fusco, 23, from South Dakota whose tweet about the Keystone XL Pipeline was featured on CNN

The Weeknd

A Grantland essay in defense of the Wachowski’s woefully unsuccessful film Speed Racer

A bathroom scale from a hotel in Bend, Or.

Ernest Hemmingway’s A Raisin in the Sun

Bishop Lamont

The cast of Kinky Boots

MARIA I’M DRUNK

The Duke Men’s Lacrosse Booster Club

Pope John Paul II

Lil B, the one with the Imogen Heap sample

Boo, from Monster’s, Inc.

The Mucinex Monster

Kenny Bania

Someone who came to Scott’s front door selling knives

MARIA COME DOWN HERE RIGHT NOW

T.I.’s hat ergonomics specialist

A wife beater Pusha T claims once belonged to Marlon Brando

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A blind kid playing clarinet outside Nordstrom’s Rack

Cecil Otter

The pastry chefs he shadowed for an ethnography paper in high school

MARIA I SAW CHET’S NAME IN YOUR CALL LOG DON’T YOU LIE TO ME MARIA

Petey Pablo’s financial planner

Kylie Jenner’s Kaballah tutor

MARIA I LOVE YOU

The song where Lupe Fiasco raps about being a cheeseburger

Bucket drummers he didn’t tip

Ronald Reagan

Prince

Seal

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