By Alexander Cole
Travis Scott – Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight (Grand Hustle Records, 2016)
Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight is Houston rapper Travis Scott’s second full-length studio album, and an incredible follow-up to his 2015 album Rodeo. On this new LP, Scott teams up with famed producer Mike Dean to create some of the best and catchiest songs trap rap has to offer. Each beat is moody and layered—creating a vibe that could be perfectly suited for a party or a late-night drive. The tracklist progresses like a story, allowing Scott to open up and get personal with the listener. One shortcoming of the record, however, is that many of the songs blend together and start to sound the same. This, mixed with a lack of lyrical substance, keeps this album from reaching its full potential. Despite these slight hiccups, Scott’s latest LP is a masterclass in rap instrumentals and one of his best projects to date.
Trial Song: Pick Up The Phone (ft. Young Thug and Quavo)