The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi, are Hip-Hop’s latest superstar duo. It’s a good choice for both artists especially since we’ve seen many big names in Hip-Hop create full-fledged albums together that do really well: Drake & Future, Future & Jeffrey, Future & JuiceWrld, Offset & 21 Savage. The Scotts moniker was derived from Kid Cudi’s real name, Scott Mescudi. Travis was also a big fan of Cudi while growing up in Houston, and added Scott to the end of his name to pay homage to his favorite rapper. Ironically, Travis Scott went on to become a protege of Kanye West, the same man who signed and mentored Cudi back in the late 2000s.
The first single off of what we believe to be a full-length project is titled “The Scotts”. It has an eery sample and synths that take you into a spooky trap beat. The Fortnite video definitely compliments the outer space sound of the bass and song as a whole. I definitely like this song, but which it had more to it. Cudi doesn't natural on the beat, and it's pretty much a standard Travis Scott verse and adlibs. Production-wise this song is amazing and really captures the themes I believe this album could present sonically, but other than that it falls short of being memorable. However, I was underwhelmed with Cudi’s single the “Leader Of The Delinquents” released two weeks before and am still annoyed by "Highest In The Room", so it might just be me.
On a positive note, I think we should all be excited about a project from The Scotts. I think that sonically and creatively this project will be something refreshing for both artists. It reminds me of when Ye and Jay created Watch The Throne. It was perfect timing. Especially if we think about where Travis sits in stardom coming off of Astroworld. He has solidified himself as one of the top dogs in the Hip-Hop industry and fulfilling his dream of making music with his idol, similar to Kanye. I mean honestly, Travis just had a virtual performance on Fortnite…
Hopefully, we hear the project sooner than later.
Until then, I’ll have this snippet on repeat.