This Week's Album:
Owl Pharaoh - Travis Scott
Owl Pharaoh is the first mixtape/EP from Travis Scott, a 21 year old rapper/producer from Texas, who came onto the scene after co-producing a few songs on GOOD Music’s Cruel Summer compilation album and providing a verse on “Sin City,” also on Cruel Summer. Owl Pharaoh has been in the works for a while with many, many delays, but on May 21, 2013, Travis released the mixtape/EP on his website. Is it any good though? Let’s find out.
Owl Pharaoh is my first introduction to Travis. I’ve heard a good amount about him through OFT and when Owl Pharaoh dropped, a lot of people really liked it. I decided to just check it out and see what the hype was about and well... it wasn’t worth it. At least I think it wasn’t worth it, because I barely remember the thing. Nothing stands out about this tape. As a rapper, Travis is boring. He bites way too many peoples styles, which is not bad in some cases, but usually when somebody bites someone else’s style they at least attempt to throw their own spin on it, but Travis does not. The main people Travis bites off of, Kanye West, which is not surprising considering that Travis is practically Kanye’s protégé, and Kid Cudi. The difference between them is that Kanye and Cudi at least put some spirit into their words. Travis lacks the depth and lyrical prowess both these guys have. Anyways, back to the album. It starts out nice. “Meadow Creek” starts off as a really good intro with the distorted voices, the drums, and the synths, and it’s the only time on the tape where Travis is creating his own style, rapping wise and especially production. Then we get onto “Bad Mood/Shit On You.” Ugh... this is the part of the album where Travis jumps the shark. Specifically the chorus of “Shit On You,” the second part of the song. The chorus of the song seriously just goes “I just can’t wait to shit on you.”
It also doesn’t hurt that he practically sounds like Kid Cudi. From there, the album kinda goes up and down in quality. “Upper Echelon,” featuring T.I. and 2 Chainz (who will be on the full album release apparently), does nothing for me. However, the next track, “Chaz Interlude,” featuring Toro Y Moi, is really good, mostly because Travis is nowhere near it and allows Toro to shine. “Uptown,” though... well it’s kinda sad when A$AP Ferg has a better verse than you and at least attempts to add some personality to the song. Everything after that point (“Hell of a Night,” “Blocka La Flame,” “Naked,” “Dance on the Moon,” and “MIA”), doesn’t really do much for me until “Drive,” which features James Fauntleroy and provides some really great vocals on the chorus, but Travis continues to not do his own thing and bite off of Kanye further. The last two tracks “Quintana,” featuring Wale, and “Bandz,” featuring Meek Mill are really bad and really good, respectively. Throughout the tape, there are a few mixing issues, which is especially seen in “Quintana,” with Wale’s verse sounding like it was recorded on my shitty laptop mic. The album does go out with a bang though with “Bandz.” The beat is killer and Meek Mill provides some much needed energy to the album.
So yeah, this wasn’t that good. There are a few standout tracks, and some pretty good production, but that isn’t enough to save the album’s shitty tracks. Owl Pharaoh gets a 5/10 for me. It’s just an overall average album for me, and if this what we’ll see from Travis in the future, I won’t be watching.
So what did you guys think of Owl Pharaoh? Love it? Hate it? Tell me why in the thread. If you don’t want to write out a bunch of paragraphs like I did, post some of your pros and cons of the album or just vote in the poll.