Travi$ Scott: “When I was three years old my dad bought me my first drum set. I was playing drums extra hard, like I wasn’t going to fail with that shit. I was a drum master. I used to think engineering was producing.
“Growing up I played the drums and then I played piano. I quit playing piano because it wasn’t getting no bitches. I was making beats because like the electronic sound was getting all the hoes. [Laughs.] Like, ‘I’m a rapper, bitch.’
“But when Kanye came out it was like, ‘Yo, that’s producing .’ I was like, ‘Man, like what the fuck? Now I got to learn to make beats?’ I started picking up beats like at 16. I got really serious at 17. That’s when I put together tight beats.
My first beat was actually pretty sick. I played the first beat I ever made for Mr Hudson because when I first made it, I was thinking about him. Pause. He was like, ‘Oh it’s so ill.’ I was like, ‘I made this in '07!’
“I always wanted to know how to rap. I was just trying to tell my life story, trying to explain who I am. I was rapping—I used to be in a group. I would make the beats and write the hooks. I was like, ‘I got to get better.’ I was studying and learning how to kill these niggas lyrically.
“I started making beats because I used to rap over instrumentals, but that shit wasn’t setting the mood for me. Like I needed that shit more darker. I needed the drums to hit harder, the snares sound like shit, this shit’s got to go. Or like why is this in here?
“So I started making beats. My first beat was actually pretty sick. I played the first beat I ever made for Mr Hudson because when I first made it, I was thinking about him. Pause. He was like, ‘Oh it’s so ill.’ I was like, ‘I made this in '07 my nigga!’
“I be using mad analog shit. It just depends what I start on. [I use every program] minus Fruity Loops. [Laughs.] A lot of producers that use that shit. The radio right now uses Fruity Loops.
“But Fruity Loops has a sound that’s so wack. They don’t curate mixes in Fruity Loops, they just make the beat there. I feel like niggas use Fruity Loops because it’s one of the most easiest, cheapest, fastest ways out there to make beats.
“But like I said, I was into the whole music theory thing so I couldn’t get hip to that shit. The sound was so off and un-fresh. I have every other program but that. I use a lot of like Junos and Rolands.”