It’s not entirely clear how or when this happened, but Travis Scott is now a part of rap’s A-list. The excitable Houston-born rapper and producer has a broody, of-the-moment sound and an anarchic, exciting live show, and he’s been playing arenas and headlining festivals for the past year or so. He’s also been working on a new album called Astroworld, and now we know that the album is out later this week. And it should be an event.
A few days ago, Scott began teasing the impending release of Astroworld when an enormous golden sculpture of his head showed up on the roof of Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Since then, another giant Travis Scott head has appeared outside of Houston’s Minute Maid Park, where the Astros play. But up until now, Scott has not confirmed that Astroworld is about to come out, or even that the heads had anything to do with Astroworld.
Well, Astroworld is indeed about to come out. With his new trailer for the album, Scott confirms rumors that it’ll be out on Friday. The accompanying trailer is nearly three minutes long, and it is suitably epic. Over what seems to be a churning new song called “Stargazing,” we see Scott trudging across a frozen, desolate CGI landscape while wolves stalk him and asteroids circle him. He also rides in a shopping cart, doing deep villain laughs, while stuff explodes. Here, look:
UPDATE: And here’s the cover art.
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) July 31, 2018
Astroworld is out 8/3.