Travis Scott – Astroworld (2018)
Astroworld is the third studio album by American rapper and record producer Travis Scott. It was released on August 3, 2018, through Cactus Jack Records and Grand Hustle Records, and distributed by Epic Records. The album follows his second studio album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), and his collaborative album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho (2017) with Quavo.
The album features guest vocals from The Weeknd, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Drake, James Blake, Philip Bailey, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Gunna, Nav, Quavo, Takeoff, Juice Wrld, Sheck Wes, and Don Toliver, among others. Production was handled by multiple producers, including Scott himself, Mike Dean, Allen Ritter, Hit-Boy, WondaGurl, Tay Keith, Tame Impala, Frank Dukes, Sonny Digital, Murda Beatz, and Thundercat.
The album title is named after the defunct theme park Six Flags AstroWorld, which was located in Houston, Texas prior to its closure. Scott, a Houston native, aimed for the album to sound like “taking an amusement park away from kids”. He also described the album as a continuation of his debut album Rodeo (2015). Astroworld is a hip hop and psychedelic rap album, incorporating elements of trap and psychedelic music. The album was supported by four singles, “Butterfly Effect“, “Sicko Mode“, “Yosemite“, and “Wake Up“.
Astroworld received widespread acclaim and performed well commercially, debuting atop the US Billboard 200 with 537,000 album-equivalent units, of which 270,000 were pure sales. It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It won Album of the Year at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. The album was named one of the best albums of 2018 and the decade by several publications.
2 CAROUSEL (Ft. Frank Ocean)
3 SICKO MODE (Ft. Drake)
4 R.I.P. SCREW (Ft. Swae Lee
5 STOP TRYING TO BE GOD (Ft. James Blake, Kid Cudi, Philip Bailey & Stevie Wonder)
6 NO BYSTANDERS (Ft. Juice WRLD & Sheck Wes)
7 SKELETONS (Ft. Pharrell Williams, Tame Impala & The Weeknd)
8 WAKE UP (Ft. The Weeknd)
9 5% TINT
10 NC-17 (Ft. 21 Savage)
12 YOSEMITE (Ft. Gunna & NAV
13 CAN’T SAY (Ft. Don Toliver)
14 WHO? WHAT! (Ft. Quavo & Takeoff)
15 BUTTERFLY EFFECT
17 COFFEE BEAN