500 Word Review: Travis Scott “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”

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Earlier this year, innovative trap artist, Travis Scott, released his sophomore full length album, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”.  Following his 2015 debut studio album, “Rodeo”, which is probably one of my favorite rap albums of all time and without a doubt a masterpiece, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” faced both high anticipation and standards before its release a few months ago.  Personally, I found the release to be significantly different from “Rodeo”, but also very good in its own way.  There were only a few moments that I was not too fond of, but whenever I came across a brief section that was sub par, it was quickly followed by amazing sections that continue to solidify Travis Scott’s greatness.  Before hearing “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, my favorite Travis Scott tracks were “Antidote” and “I Can Tell”, so going into the sophomore record I was hoping to hear tracks similar to the sound and song structure heard on these songs.

As I hoped, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” featured a lot of tracks that sounded like “Antidote” and “I Can Tell”, and even at some points, sounded like “90210”.  The hazy, mesmerizing trap sound that Travis is known for, and the sound that is also heard on the “Rodeo” songs previously mentioned, are also heard on “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, and in the process it helps create some phenomenal tracks.  The only problem is that every song features this sound and there is hardly any diversity in this aspect of this project.  Don’t get me wrong though, I really enjoyed “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, and this specific style of Travis Scott’s songwriting, but it’s the only prominent aspect of Travis Scott’s unique song structure that is exemplified on this new album.  This is a little disappointing because the diversity of “Rodeo” made it the masterpiece that it is today.  “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is still ridiculously impressive, but the lack of diversity makes it slightly worse than “Rodeo”.  However, the expansion of this hazy sound heard on “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is still very interesting because its essentially Travis exploring and experimenting with this hazy, eerie, reverb and auto-tune filled sound that makes “Birds” one of the best trap releases you’ll ever hear!  In fact, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” features my favorite song Travis has ever written.  “Coordinate”, the third track on the sophomore full length album, has easily become my favorite Travis Scott track, surpassing the stellar track, “Antidote”.  “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is definitely not a bad album, and this further development of hazy and ominous trap music is something I have really enjoyed, but a little more diversity in sound could have made this project become yet another ground breaking album by Travis Scott.

It’s impossible to deny that Travis was able to have an extremely impressive list of artists record guest vocals for this project, Whether or not you like the differences between “Birds” and “Rodeo”.  Fantastic features from artists like Andre 3000, Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Bryson Tiller, Young Thug, and the Weeknd heard on “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” make songs like “The Ends”, “Through the Late Night”, and “Goosebumps” staples for Travis’s discography.  As if this list of genre leading artists wasn’t enough, “Birds” also features legendary producer Mike Dean, who helped record the record alongside Travis.  These notable features are great additions to Travis’s sound, and I hope that an immense amount of iconic features becomes a constant for all Travis Scott albums.

In conclusion, I give Travis Scott’s “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” an 8.5/10.  Every song may sound similar to one another, but this constant sound and style in songwriting is phenomenal.  Travis’s ability to take his signature sound heard on some of the most prominent tracks on “Rodeo” and fully experimented with it for “Birds” is something I found extremely interesting.  I highly encourage everyone to listen to this and if you have already gave the project a listen, I definitely suggest that you revisit it, especially since it took me a few listens to truly appreciate this latest project from Travis Scott.  Below I’ve attached the full stream of Travis’s latest album.  According to some of his recent tweets, his third album, “AstroWorld”, is still scheduled for a 2017 release date, and once more information is released about the upcoming record, we’ll be sure to let you know!  2016 was our first year in business and it was a very successful year for us at Erik’s Album Reviews!  Due to the hard work of our staff and the constant support from our readers, we were able to see widespread viewership in 39 countries over 6 different continents!  We are extremely thankful for this success and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us!  Be sure to check back in for more music reviews, content, and of course, our Albums of the Year list, which is due out very soon!

 

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Track of the Day Tuesday: TRAVIS SCOTT Oh Me Oh My (feat. Migos and G4SHI)

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Earlier this year, rapper Travis Scott released his 2nd studio album “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, which was his follow up for the 2015 release, “Rodeo”.  However, shortly after releasing “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, a mixtape called, “Days Before Birds”, emerged on My Mixtapez, a mobile app designed to specifically release various mixtapes from notable and lesser known rap artists.  The mixtape, “Days Before Birds”, is supposed to resemble “Days Before Rodeo”, which was a collection of extra tracks that did not make it onto “Rodeo”.  A few days ago this mixtape began to appear on other music streaming platforms, however it was quickly taken down due to the fact that Scott was not happy with the project himself.  The mixtape is still available on My Mixtapez for those who still would like to listen to it.

After listening to this mixtape a few times I can conclude that the project isn’t that great and I can see why Travis would want to remove it from the various sites where it was released.  However, the greatest song Travis Scott has released this year, in my opinion, is actually off this mixtape.  That song is the track of the day and it is “Oh Me Oh My” which features Migos and G4SHI.  The only reason I can think of as to why this single wasn’t included on “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” is because the single would give an incentive for listeners to check out the entire tape rather than just the individual track, but since Travis has recently removed the project claiming he did not approve of it, I have no idea why this song is not on his latest studio album.  If it were included it would make the release significantly better, especially since “Oh Me Oh My” could rival “Antidote” as one of the best songs he’s ever written.

Even if you haven’t given “Days Before Birds” or even “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” a listen yet, you need to check out “Oh Me Oh My”, which is posted below.  DJ Snake’s production on this song is stellar to say the least and Travis Scott, Migos, and G4SHI showcase some of their best work to date.  If you can find a way to check out “Days Before Birds” definitely give it a listen and let us know what you think!  I will also be doing a 500 Word Review for “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”, which will hopefully be completed soon.  But for now, enjoy this track and check back in for more hip-hop and rap related news, content, and reviews.