Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

Album review of Travis Scott’s second studio album


Following the breakout performance from Travis Scott in Rodeo, the modern rockstar was highly touted for his addition to new trap music. Scott added to his high-quality repertoire with Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. With help from some of the game’s biggest stars, the artist added to the excellent year of music in 2016. Such features include Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, NAV, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Kendrick Lamar. 5 years after it’s release, it kinda flies under the radar due to the explosion of popularity from the coveted Astroworld. In order to reach that level, it is entirely necessary to acknowledge how he got there with Rodeo and Birds In The Trap.

Scott has become a superstar, most of which stemmed from his release of Astroworld, in the current music landscape. From branding Cactus Jack with a beverage to a Fortnite concert (that amassed 12 million live viewers), Scott has not disappointed as he establishes his presence in music stardom. While consensus will say this album is probably his worst, it is essential to the development of the signature style of the Travis Scott we know today. His outrage, party attitude was toned down just a bit in Birds, and largely serves as a charcuterie of style from the artist.

The title of the album, according to Scott in an interview with Billboard, came from being creatively trapped. In a studio session with rapper Young Thug bouncing ideas around, Thug was hit with the lightbulb moment and the rest was history. The cover art itself is dark by nature, heavily filtered with black and purple. This alludes to the vibe of the album — dark and raw. Combine this with the all lowercase song titles and you really get a feel of what vibe the artist was going for. This version of Scott was focused on pure rapping ability. Not that Scott didn’t showcase that before, but Rodeo