Favorite Albums of 2016: #03 – ‘Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight’ by Travi$ Scott


Definitely in the minority here (unless you count Complex). Because I remember reading a 1 star review for this LP a few months ago where the author – forget who… Tiny Mixtapes?  – crucified ‘Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight’ by Travi$ Scott for being unlistenable. Me, on the other hand, felt completely different. My first listen wasn’t really memorable. But I liked what I heard. Then “Wonderful” jumped out at me on random. The Weeknd’s short verses were fire. Maybe hit repeat for the entire 40 minute freeway drive. Then these dark nightmarish started to consume like a virus. Now can’t stop listening to this LP.

I’ve tried to, but ‘BITTSM’ is always on when I’m doing stuff around the house. Straight up. No chasers. (haha) Sucks that it came out in the shadow of Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’. All those hipster hip hop fans totally overlooked all the wonderful qualities that Travis brought. Consider It is the most Kid Cudi record since ‘…Mr. Rager’. Actually praise Travis for bringing a similar style to Cudi’s new LP – ‘Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’. Because if you like Cudi mixed with Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’… then this is the perfect record. Not to mention you get amazing features from Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000), Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Quavo, and the aforementioned Cudder. 

Definitely don’t mind all the repetitive Autotune because it creates such a futurist sound. And this album plays like a junkie robot’s worst nightmare materialized. What’s more rock star than that?

Noteworthy Tracks:

  • “through the late night”
  • “wonderful”
  • “goosebumps”
  • “outside”
  • “guidance”
  • “way back”

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