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Interview: Travis Scott Talks Rihanna, ‘Rodeo’ LP and more with Complex

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Travis Scott covers the new issue of Complex Mag where he talks about his new album Rodeo and makes it clear he likes Rihanna. Take a look at some of what he had to say below and get the full story over at Complex.

On Rihanna:

Travis avoids directly putting a label on his budding relationship, laughing and imploring me to not “do [me] like that, man” when I ask about it as delicately as possible. I am, however, able to get him to describe her in three words: “creative,” “inspiring,” and, after a long pause (and some assistance from Corey), “muse.”

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On His Music:

“My music isn’t rappity-rap-rap-rap. I base my music off of lifestyle and emotion—that’s why my music has a lot of chords, even if it’s a hard-ass joint. I consider myself an artist, which is, like, the most played term, but I believe it.” He quickly adds: “Don’t get it twisted, I’m no bitch, nigga got bars. But I’m not, like, super conscious. I don’t write, I just go in the booth. I’m attached to the beat. The beat speaks words. I love music.”

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His mercurial come-up has lead some people to question his process. The common refrain is that he’s a biter; that he has no original ideas and voraciously incorporates everything he finds dope into his artistic arsenal. His debut album Rodeo helped quiet those doubts as it shows an artist fully realizing his sound and aesthetic. He’s even managed to score a Top 40 hit with the woozy turn-up anthem “Antitode.” By all measures, Travis is in a good place for a guy who’s been in the game for about three years. To top it all off, he’s in a rumored relationship with Rihanna. Where does he go from here?