Travi$ Scott Talks Producing ‘Yeezus’

Travi$ Scott performs at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, June 2013. Photo: Colin Gray for MTV Hive

Just because you’re on Kanye West’s Yeezus, doesn’t mean you can’t download the illegal leak too. When the album sprung a leak on June 14th, just shy of its official June 18th release date, even album contributor Travi$ Scott couldn’t help but click “Download.” “Yeah definitely! I mean, had the album already, but I downloaded the link because it was mastered. I wanted the full mastered version,” Travis Scott told Hive backstage at the Bowery Ballroom, where he played two nights with Iggy Azalea.

Along with those gigs (which he was joined on-stage by T.I.) and production credit on Yeezus tracks “New Slaves” and “Guilt Trip,” the Houston rapper/producer may be having the best week ever. Before hopping onstage at the Bowery Ballroom, Travis spoke about having the honor of helming tracks for Mr. West.

“I leaked it!” Travis joked, nudging super-producer Mike Dean, who also appears on Yeezus and just so happened to be sitting nearby. When asked about the controversial song “I Am A God” and why some leaked versions list it as featuring “God” literally, the duo laughed. Travis explained that the tracklist was a hoax and the song was never intended to feature The Almighty. “People gotta stop doing that man,” he said, chastising radio and media outlets for spreading the error.

Travis is a rapper in his own right and his debut mixtape Owl Pharaoh (streaming above) was released last month with appearances by T.I., James Fauntleroy and A$AP mob pal/grilled cheese expert A$AP Ferg, among others. Still, the neophyte knew that when he was in the studio with ‘Ye, he was there to produce and not spit bars. “I wasn’t there to be a rapper. Everybody’s on that album because of sonics only,” he said, adding, “It’s not about that. It’s about just creating the coldest shit ever.”

Watch Travi$ Scott’s video for “Upper Echelon” below: 

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