Who Is Travi$ Scott? Photography by Liz Barclay

Moving to L.A.

Travi$ Scott: “After New York, I went to L.A, with my homie. I was like, ‘Man let’s just grind this shit out. We can make it. I know a couple people.’ But my man left me in L.A man. I was by myself. I had nobody and no money.

“My parents cut me off because I dropped out of college. I was using money for college to like buy plane tickets and food. I was lying to my parents like, ‘Man, I’m in school .’ They came to visit me, I wasn’t there. I was like in a whole other state.

 

I came back home to Houston, and my parents is like, ‘Man, get the f**k out my house, you’re not about to do s**t, you about to be a bum.’

 

“I told them I left because I was doing rap music. Imagine what the fuck that shit sound like over the phone? My phone turned off next day. So I had no phone and then my homie left me. I thought this nigga was like my nigga so I really just snapped man.

“So I was in L.A. grinding, working on music. That’s when I started putting shit out and getting attention. I left L.A., came back home to Houston, and my parents is like, ‘Man, get the fuck out my house, you’re not about to do shit, you about to be a bum.’

“So I went back to L.A., I was like, ‘Fuck this shit.’ My homie bought me a plane ticket back to L.A . I had no money again, but I knew someone I could stay with at USC. So I was crashing with my homie on his couch at USC.

“When I got off the plane in L.A., I had 14 text messages from T.I. and his camp. They were like, ‘Yo, can you come by the studio?’ And I was like, ‘Yo, this is like nuts man.’

“I don’t know [how T.I. found out about me]. That’s like a good question. [Laughs.] I was uploading like music on the Internet and blogs were picking it up. I was mad Complex wasn’t picking it up. I was like, ‘What’s up? Am I not fresh enough for this fucking place?’ [Laughs.]

 

When I got off the plane in L.A., I had 14 text messages from T.I. and his camp. They were like, ‘Yo, can you come by the studio?’ And I was like, ‘Yo, this is like nuts man.’

 

“So I came by the studio and T.I. was there. T.I. was like ‘Yo man, I fuck with you. Keep doing what you’re doing, I just wanted to tell you that.’ This was when I first put out this video called 'Lights (Love Sick).'

“This is when people started hearing about my beats. Mad publishers were hitting me up. My name started floating around and I made some money selling beats. I was sub-leasing this crib, staying in this one room. But then this dude kicked me out because he thought I fucked his girl. My nigga Sickamore got me a hotel, he held me down.

“I couldn’t be here without my friends. I wouldn’t like have a place to lay my head some nights but my friends held me down that’s how much they believed in me.”

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