Album: Owl Pharaoh
Label: Grand Hustle, Epic
Producer: Anthony Kilhoffer, J Gramm, Mike Dean & Travis Scott
Up until snippets of this song first surfaced, a lot of people were still trying to piece together the scattered fragments of Travis $cott they had been hearing about over time. Like, you had heard of him, but you hadn't really heard him. Although it was not his first "official" offering (with his debut single "Quintana" having just dropped), it took the synthesizer maelstrom of "Upper Echelon" to cement his presence amongst the new-wave rap considerations. With this hit, plus his contributions to two of this summer's biggest albums, Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail, in a year when people were acutely aware that there's levels to this shit, Travis was up near the top shelf. —Brandon Jenkins
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