Astroworld rapper Travis Scott is on the cover of the newly released XXL cover story, he got the chance to tell his own story covering fatherhood, the making of Jackboys and lots of other topics. Take a look below.
“I’ve been spending time with my family and with my daughter, Stormi. Being a dad is better than what I thought it would be. Stormi is one of the best human beings I know. She’s like my best friend. She makes life a little bit easier. She just inspires me and she surprises me every day with how she’s thinking. It’s so crazy. Her mom and I came up with the name Stormi together. I love her mommy and I always will. The hard part about relationships is just trying to be in one without a million outside voices interfering.”
“I never let any of that shit affect my mental, but it’s a pain in the ass. One of the best parts about becoming a dad is that it has actually brought me and my parents closer. It’s something beautiful for the family, a new addition. My mom and family come out to L.A. Stormi goes out to Houston every so often. It’s cool. She’s a Southern girl from Cali.”
“It’s just a body of work made with a few of my friends and people I’ve always made music with since day one. It’s just fun and something that’s endearing and cool. It kind of like, wakes up the minds of people that might not know about Don Toliver or people that know about Sheck Wes and makes them want to know more.”
Jay Z As A Mentor:
“I met JAY-Z a long time ago,” Scott wrote. He went on to add, “I have always kept in touch with him. I remember something he said: ‘We were born rich. Money doesn’t equate to rich in spirit. Money doesn’t equate any of that. We are just trying to obtain a certain level of wealth in our communities.’ That’s what it’s about. That comes with pushing an agenda.”
The rapper also talked about connecting with fans, what he thinks about the current state of Hiphop also revealing that he doesn’t listen to his own music at all.
“I don’t listen to my music at all, which is so funny. I make songs and if I really like them, I might not listen to them for a while. I might make something I feel is for the album. I might play it for the homies. I’m a fan of rap, but I like all music. I might call James Blake—he’s one of my favorite artists of all time—and I’m like, “Yo, bro, you are the best artist of all fucking time. I really, really, really love your shit.” I’m a fan of any artist that I put on my album. Lately, I’ve been listening to Genesis, Aphex Twin and Röyksopp. I listen to a lot of Björk; she’s fuckin’ fire. I listen in the car or at the house. I’m on some shit with my speakers at the house. When I used to make beats at my mom’s house, I put car speakers in a shoebox and then put amplifier wires and hooked it up to an amplifier to create surround sound. So, of course, when I got bread, I put wild shit in the walls.”