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Travis Scott Opens Up About the Inspirations Behind His Music

Travis Scott Opens Up About the Inspirations Behind His Music

Travis Scott poses for a photo for Playboy‘s Spring 2019 #TheSpeechIssue, available now.

Here’s what the 26-year-old musician had to share while chatting with Nas for the mag:

On his inspirations: “One of my idols is Kid Cudi and the way he tells his stories about how he felt as a kid growing up, like where he’s from. I related to that. I adopted my own form of storytelling —whether it’s through melodies or through raps or both. And as a producer too, just studying other fire producers — Pete Rock, Kanye, Pharrell — I was always into mixing different genres. I wasn’t stuck solely in one field.”

On mixing politics and music: “I wouldn’t say I don’t feel compelled to speak on political issues; sometimes you just don’t want to speak too much on stuff you don’t know much about. It’s not like I’m not thinking about what’s going on in the world. I’m an expressive artist, but with media and s**t, it gets misconstrued. As I’m sitting with you right now, I’m still figuring this out, you know?”

On what makes an artist great: “When I started, I never thought I could do arenas and be so big that so many people would come listen to the music and know the words. I think what makes a great artist is just the people you touch. Are they moving to your music? Are they living their life to it? Are they rocking with it or feeling inspired by it, or is it helping them get through something?”

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