travis-scott-rodeo-deluxeReview written by Matt M. (@asapmattymac).

It’s been over a year (hasn’t it felt like even longer?) since Days Before Rodeo, but Travi$ Scott‘s debut album Rodeo is finally here. Rodeo was one of the most hyped releases thus far in 2015, largely due to the hard-hitting bass of singles “3500” and “Antidote.”

The hype surrounding T. Scott’s debut project only strengthened after the tracklist leaked. Features include big names such as Kanye West, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and more. Travi$ enlisted Atlanta producers Metro Boomin’ and Sonny Digital along with Mike Dean, Kanye and Wondagurl.

Hustle Gang’s own T.I. narrates the opening song “Pornography,” bringing us into the beautifully chaotic world that is Travi$ Scott’s rodeo. The slow drums and slurred hooks are melodic, but Scott brings the heat on his second verse: he switches up the tempo and starts spitting with serious fury. The rest of the album is similarly formatted; La Flame doesn’t hesitate to slow things down or speed things up at a moment’s notice.

“Oh My Dis Side” features Quavo from Migos, and it’s one of the catchier tunes on the album. Heavy bass and Quavo ad-libs make the first half of this song pop off. “3500” is a certified banger, boasting features from Future and 2 Chainz. Summer hit “Antidote” and the Chief Keef and Swae Lee-assisted “Night Call” round out the best turn-up tracks on the project.

“90210” is the strongest song on the album. It opens with an auto-tuned ballad with Travi$ and an unknown female voice surrounded by heavy, long bass lines. It’s ominously beautiful and only gets better when the beat brings in some high hat and snare. Travi$ delivers an emotionally charged verse about his transition into fame. Another highlight is “Pray 4 Love,” which features a terrific hook and verse from The Weeknd. The long-awaited “Piss On Your Grave” featuring ‘Ye is by far the shortest song on the album, clocking in at two minutes and 47 seconds. It starts with blues guitar and leads to Yeezy rapping about urinating on his foes’ graves. Although it’s a bit chaotic, the abrasive lyrics along with tumbling drums keep the song interesting and will make your head bob.

The album finishes with “I Can Tell” and “Apple Pie.” Both songs are a little more upbeat than the general mood of the album, and both contain infectious choruses. T.I. narrates “Apple Pie” as well, and it blends heavy piano chords with light guitar riffs for an interesting sound.

The production on this album is absurd. Every song is well-done, and each song transition is smooth. In addition, Rodeo is a lot more structured and well put-together than his first two projects. Travis isn’t known for his lyrics, but Rodeo’s verses are definitely an improvement. They’re about some of his normal subjects — partying, drugs, girls — but they’re also about the importance he places on staying true to himself and the difficulties he faces while dealing with budding fame. Travi$ is growing up.

Travi$ Scott’s debut album Rodeo is available for purchase now via iTunes.