Travis Scott says he wants to be seen as an agent for change: “Allow me to help in any way.”
Scott, 28, sat down for the cover story of The Face and opened up about a variety of conversations, including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and how the murder of George Floyd has erupted into a worldwide outcry for justice. Scott said that he wants to be considered a “tool” for fighting against racial inequalities and police brutality.
“People are finally seeing the oppression that’s been happening and overlooked, and that we, as a culture, have been fighting through every day. We got a voice to try to make change. Allow me to help in any way,” Scott said. “People are listening, you know what I mean? And we want to try to make sure they understand that I’m a tool. Let me know where we got to go show up. It’s a big picture. It’s like a lot of groundwork we got to do. I mean, look how many leaders we have in the Black community.”
He also spoke about the spiritual vibes in his music and how his grandparents helped him find some of his sound. “My grandmother and my grandfather always kept me in that. My mom and dad always. For sure, a thousand percent. I still find faith in everything. I mean, I’ve made records where I don’t curse. Not every song has to have a curse word in it for it to be good. And I think, even in the beginning, [Kanye’s music] was church-inspired, too.”
Fans can expect another album from the rapper, but Travis said that he’s taking a break during quarantine, saying that he needs to “hit the streets.” Some of the music he’s cooking up will be jams that you can play while chilling in the house. “I got music for the crib, too. You know, just the vibe. It ain’t always just gotta be lit,” he said. The artist said the only big downfall to 2020 was not being able to perform at Coachella. “I was so looking forward to it, man. I was so ready, so happy. It was two weeks before my birthday. I was like, man; I had it. This Coachella, it felt like it was a little more special, you know?” he said.
Afterwards,The Face editor, Stuart Brumfitt, spoke on Scott covering the magazine, saying, “[Scott] is the monumental star of the moment.”
” His music is era-defining. He’s a close collaborator of #KanyeWest,” he said.” He’s teaming with McDonald’s on Happy Meals and soundtracking Tenet, the biggest movie of the year. His influence on culture can be felt everywhere, but he’s never been known to be hugely political.”