It’s been a great year for Houston rapper Travis Scott, and from his humble beginnings, he sure has come a long way. But the internet (specifically Twitter) has a way of reminding people of their past and recently, social media dug up a 2014 Hot97 interview with Scott, in which he discussed his views on the Mike Brown situation and black people in general.
During the interview, radio host Ebro asked Scott how he felt about Ferguson and how hip-hop effects the youth culture. Scott replied, “I’m kind of angry, so many black people are acting like fake activists…I’m not saying he deserved to get killed. But I’m not saying that he didn’t deserve to pay for consequences he probably inflicted.” He then goes on to talk about “the problem with black people” being that there always has to be a disruption when something like the Ferguson situation happens. He said, “And I know we’re like ‘fed up’ quote/un-quote, with whatever is going on in culture…but at the same time, you gotta just stop putting yourself in positions where you’re continuously having this situation go down.”
As the conversation continued, Travis also spoke about the influence hip-hop artists have on kids and how Kanye West has helped try to “tailor” Black people. He said artist similar to himself, naming Kid Cudi, Tyler The Creator and Young Thug, use their music and visuals to teach the younger generation, unlike some unnamed older artists who “front” and use kids as profits to “fund their lives.” In regards to Kanye, Scott said, “Let’s get people out of baggy pants and put them in fitted clothes…let’s tailor black people up, so we don’t look all hood.”
Does it make sense now as to why Trav agreed to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Maybe he just isn’t as down with the movement as his fellow hip-hop artists assumed when it comes to standing up for a black cause? What do you guys think of this interview?