Houston, Texas is home to a grand echelon of hip hop artists. There’s Paul Wall, Lil Flip, and of course the legendary UGK if you’re in the know. I have to admit that I am a little behind on current hip-hop culture, preferring to usually listen to the songs I like that are anywhere from 10-30+ years ago. So I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my initial exposure to rap megastar Travis Scott was while I was drunkenly watching the Super Bowl half time show this year. In between bemoaning the fact that I had to endure Maroon 5 and freaking out over hip hop legend Big Boi, I realized that this other guy, Travis Scott, really had this grand energy about him. In Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly you see that this energy is not fake, it’s something he’s got going at all times.
In Look Mom I Can Fly, we follow Scott through the making of his Grammy-nominated album Astroworld and several other important events, including the birth of his daughter Stormi who he had with Kardashian royalty, Kylie Jenner. We also witness him getting his own commemorative day in both his home town of Missouri City, Texas and in the greater city of Houston. All throughout the events of the film, he shows an unbridled enthusiasm that a lot of people who reach his level of fame tend to lose at a certain point. The fact that Travis Scott is always hungry for something more is perhaps the key to his success. He also has some of the most devoted fans I’ve ever witnessed.
“…follow Scott through the making of his Grammy-nominated album Astroworld and several other important events…”
There’s quite a bit of concert footage in Look Mom I Can Fly, and it’s incredibly cool to see the fans go absolutely apeshit at his shows. Scott makes sure that no fans ever get kicked out by security if they do try to rush the stage, and so you see so many fans flying off the stage into the crowd. If someone is unwell and has to be removed from the pit, Scott will stop the show and make sure that the fans are being taken care of by the paramedics before continuing. At one show in Arkansas, things get so “lit” that Travis gets arrested for possibly inciting a riot. Nothing comes of it from what we see in the film, but it goes to show that Scott has a bit of Beatlemania going on with him. Fans chase his car and mob it. People are constantly screaming. It’s really awe-inspiring.
"…things get so 'lit' that Travis gets arrested for possibly inciting a riot"