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Houston-born rapper and producer Travis Scott, known for his unique psychedelic trap style, has become a pivotal figure in contemporary music. His innovative sound, blending heavily processed, half-sung/half-rapped vocals, distinguished him early in his career. Rising through affiliations with Kanye West's GOOD Music and T.I.'s Grand Hustle, Scott has achieved immense commercial success. By the 2020s, he was one of the most successful artists globally, a journey marked by both extraordinary achievements and significant controversies.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Born Jacques Webster II on April 30, 1991, in Houston, Texas, Travis Scott grew up in Missouri City, a suburb of Houston. He began making music as a teenager, forming a duo called the Graduates with Chris Holloway and releasing an EP in 2009. In 2010, he formed another duo, the Classmates, with OG Chess, producing two full-length projects, Buddy Rich and Cruis'n USA, before the duo disbanded in 2011. After dropping out of college, Scott moved to Los Angeles to pursue music full-time, eventually meeting T.I. and Kanye West. This led to his role as an in-house producer for GOOD Music and his appearance on the label's Cruel Summer compilation in 2012.

Rise to Prominence

Scott's debut project, Owl Pharaoh, was released in May 2013 after several delays due to sample clearance issues. The mixtape featured guest appearances from T.I., 2 Chainz, Toro y Moi, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, earning a nomination for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. His next project, Days Before Rodeo, set the stage for his debut studio album, Rodeo, released in September 2015. Featuring hits like "Antidote," the album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

In 2016, Scott's second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album included collaborations with artists such as André 3000, Kid Cudi, and Kendrick Lamar. Scott continued to build his profile with numerous features on tracks by SZA, Drake, and Miguel, and his single "Butterfly Effect" in 2017 became another platinum hit.

Astroworld and Beyond

Scott's third album, Astroworld, released in August 2018, was a critical and commercial success, named after a demolished Houston amusement park. The album debuted at number one and featured hits like "Sicko Mode," which became a cultural phenomenon. In 2019, Scott released the single "Highest in the Room" and a compilation album, JackBoys, showcasing artists from his Cactus Jack Records label.

Astroworld Festival Tragedy

On November 5, 2021, a tragic crowd crush occurred during Scott's performance at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, resulting in the deaths of ten people and injuries to hundreds. The incident led to widespread criticism and legal challenges. Despite the controversy, Scott made a return to live performances in 2022, including a notable appearance at the Billboard Music Awards.

UTOPIA and Recent Developments

In July 2023, Scott released his fourth studio album, UTOPIA, an ambitious project featuring contributions from artists like Bad Bunny, the Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Bon Iver. The album received significant attention for its genre-crossing elements and ambitious production. In 2024, Scott's Utopia—Circus Maximus Tour was touted as a sold-out phenomenon, although reports indicated that tickets remained available for many dates.

Scott's legal troubles continued in 2024 with an arrest in Miami for disorderly intoxication and trespassing. Despite these challenges, he remains a prominent figure in music and fashion, with ongoing collaborations, including new sneaker releases with Nike and Jordan Brand.

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