Travis Scott

Travis Scott Talks Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, & ‘Cruel Winter’

Travis Scott takes over Hot 97.

Hot off the release of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, La Flame joined “Ebro in the Morning” as a host, where the .wav radio star discussed his new album and his appreciation for artists he’s worked with.

Fresh off his “Through the Late Night” collabo with Kid Cudi, he revealed that they’ve worked on another track that he’s very proud of. What else is on the way? Read highlights below for Scott’s take on G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Winter, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and why La Flame wants to defeat Barbra Streisand on the Billboard 200.

On his influences: “I looked up to M.I.A. and Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi was one of the main dudes I looked at or listened to. He saved my life. He saved me from doing random bad things to myself. He kept me focused…Just through his music.”

On Kid Cudi: “Cudi should be a top tier artist alongside these other artists who are No. 1. I think he fathered a lot of the music and the style of music. He’s a good influence and good help, his writing and his mind and he makes beats, too…He’s super dope, man.”

On Kendrick Lamar: “I met him at the VMAs before. He walked up to me like, ‘Yo man. Your music is very inspirational. I love it. It’s super dope. I love your last album.’ I was like, ‘What? Bro you be barring n’s out. You be R.I.P.-ing n’s on a track…I think he really go in the booth and make moments when he about to kill peoples’ tracks. I think he make R.I.P. tees when he go in…I be wanting to call him like, ‘Who you mad at bro? You be blacking out on these things.’ But that’s the mental, man. That’s why he the greatest artist, man. He got that focus.”

On Usher’s ‘No Limit’ G-Mix: “I had to redo the drums on the whole thing. I ain’t like the drums. I wanted the drums to be harder. Usher came to me and was like, ‘If you want to do the drums, man, take it over.’ I was like, ‘Thank you.'”

On his label situation: “I’m only signed to T.I. and Kanye.”

On G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Winter: “I’m executive producing the album. It’s coming very soon. I want to say the top of next year. I’m putting the press on everybody. I’m saying February. I would say we have a lot of songs done. How many songs do we have picked? I would only say like a handful.”

On Cruel Winter’s sound: “It’s gonna be very youthful. Straight to the point. It’s gonna be the illest ever, man. Just the best album… [Youthful] means the kids that are not on the radio all the time that really have the clubs going.”

On Barbra Streisand: “We want that No. 1 album. We can’t let Barbra Streisand beat us.”

On Colin Kaepernick: “Not to talk bad or nothing like that, but for people who protest and are real activists…I don’t like getting involved with politics, but my perspective is there’s a difference between actually being in the field and making popular statements. Once you do that, you really gotta put in pain.”