Travi$ Scott: “I was born in Houston, Texas. I grew up in Houston, by Missouri City. It’s like a suburb in the area, it’s middle-class. But I used to stay with my grandma in the hood from ages one to six. My mom worked for Apple and my dad owned his own business. I lived in [Houston] most of my life until I was like 19, I’m 20 now and I stay in L.A.
“Growing up, my grandmother stayed in the hood so I seen random crazy shit. [I saw] mad bums and crazy spazzed out motherfuckers, I saw people looking weird, hungry, and grimey. I was always like, ‘I gotta get the fuck out this shit.’ It gave me my edge—[it made me] who I am right now.
My grandmother stayed in the hood so I seen random crazy stuff. [I saw] mad bums and people looking weird, hungry, and grimey. I was always like, ‘I gotta get the f**k out this place.’ It gave me my edge—[it made me] who I am right now.
“I was living in like South Park. It’s like another one of those famous places but it’s not like the Third Ward. Third Ward got kind of good, Third Ward got big ass houses now. They’re switching it up. I was always around there. My parents didn’t want me to really go through that shit.
“Third Ward and Fifth Ward, real shit happened there, they’re on some like Chicago shit. Niggas was dying not because of gunshots but lean overdose. That’s why you see these like niggas rapping about lean man, like, ‘Nigga you don’t know shit about that shit. Niggas dying on that shit man.’
“Once I moved [to the suburbs] I adapted to where I was growing up. [I adapted to] suburban culture, fresh culture, and diversity. I’m big on diversity. My music is very diverse, I don’t want it to ever be typecasted.
“[I didn’t get in a lot of trouble growing up] but I was doing mischievous shit. I wouldn’t do dumb shit, but I would just like skip school to do beats or skip school to meet Mike Dean. And then I’d come back to school and be like, ‘I was just with Mike Dean.’ Next thing you know I’m making beats with the homie. It’s crazy.”