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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for Houston hip-hop artist features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Chief Keef, Juicy J, Swae Lee, Quavo, Toro y Moi, The Weeknd, Kanye West, and Young Thug.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Sep 10, 2015
    80
    Overall, Rodeo has plenty of bangers and noteworthy collaborations that help bring out a futuristic trap sound that could bleed into the mainstream of hip-hop in no time.
  2. Sep 8, 2015
    80
    With Rodeo, Travis Scott becomes a designer drug.
  3. Oct 27, 2015
    70
    Somewhere beneath all the hype and production he does shine through.
  4. Sep 4, 2015
    60
    Left on his own, Scott can grow tiresome. "I Can Tell" sounds monochromatic without another voice to push this astute curator. Some rock stars are better leading bands than going solo.
  5. Oct 23, 2015
    60
    Yes, the production is razor sharp, the beats are skewed and often very loud which makes them feel important, but in reality, it's all a façade; an image.
  6. Sep 16, 2015
    60
    He is most effective when he harshly distorts his vocals to create texture, and in the company of others he can serve as a welcome change of pace.
  7. 33
    There’s a lack of personal narrative or identity on Rodeo, and Scott will often overcompensate for the hollowness of his music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75
  1. Sep 10, 2015
    10
    Blown away by Travi$ on this one. As every artist grows and changes, so does their music and this is a work of art. Not so impressed with theBlown away by Travi$ on this one. As every artist grows and changes, so does their music and this is a work of art. Not so impressed with the production wished Travi$ wouldve handled it a little more. Other than that, Album of the Year, with great features. My favorite from the album is Maria, Im Drunk ft. Justin Bieber and Young Thug! Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2020
    10
    I have it on good authority that Rodeo is the kind of album that occupies a largish place in the annals of music history, the kind of album weI have it on good authority that Rodeo is the kind of album that occupies a largish place in the annals of music history, the kind of album we use to demonstrate the moment where everything changed.

    Rodeo might not be Travis Scott's most consistent work, but it's certainly his most interesting. Each of these songs hit, but more importantly, the leave open threads that other equally-inspired, like-minded artists can feel free to explore to their logical end, where there lie not only a pot of gold, but, in fact, another rainbow.

    As for our narrator himself, Travis succeeds as an honest, introspective storyteller by celebrating and exploring the potential conceits of his outwardly aggressive demeanor, while also shining a light on his sensitivities, particularly in the thoughtful "diary track" 90210, which is the kind of track that turns ardent skeptics into passionate devotees, a spiritual successor of a sort to Wu-Tang's C.R.E.A.M.

    It's really something to look at old reviews of this album which describe the album's now-iconic production as "futuristic." It's telling of Scott's talents and force-of-personality that this "Sound of the Future" has it's DNA in most every hip-hop record since its inception, and in a more than generous helping of pop and rock albums. And more to the point, this must be some sort of optimistic diversion, one which elects to reward the boundary pushing, exciting, yet also thoughtful, provocative, and ultimately, sincere.
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  3. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    I would say this is definitely one of the best album of the decade. The album introduces this new psychedelic trap sound that wasn’t heardI would say this is definitely one of the best album of the decade. The album introduces this new psychedelic trap sound that wasn’t heard before, it atleast not in this way. The album incorporates some elements of rock such on the the track 90210, with a transition that leaves you with goosebumps. The top tracks for me would be, “Maria I’m drunk”, “Oh my, dis side”, “90210”, “antidote”, “nightcrawler”. It’s difficult in me not to name every song, as each song has its unique trap sound, that doesn’t seem to get repetitive, every song gives you a new experience, a new vibe and a new vibe, each with their own story about Travis. We can see a bit more into Travis personal life in tracks like “impossible”, that give us such emotional journey, while Travis talks about his him being trapped with unloving someone, something which a lot of listers can relate to definitely. The features in the album definitely fit their place and give their own stamp on the track, with “Maria I’m drunk” having possibly the best Justin Bieber verse. The ending of this album (non-deluxe Version) gives us possible the best ending of an album, telling us his life about making it on his own, not feeding off his parents anymore, and finally finding his passion and a place in the world, giving the name “Travis Scott” a place in the hip-hop and music world. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I constantly return to it constantly, this album is worth a 10/10. Expand
  4. May 14, 2018
    9
    As far as trap albums go this has to be the best. Travis works well with his producers and features to make this album as enjoyable asAs far as trap albums go this has to be the best. Travis works well with his producers and features to make this album as enjoyable as possible. Pornography is the first track and it kinda starts this narrative of what the rodeo is it starts out slow but after TI talks a second time it gets faster paced 6/10. Oh My Dis Side is a song with Quavo talking about their come up (Travis from Houston, and Quavo from Atlanta) 9/10. 3500 would be one of the best songs in the album if it weren't for Future's lacking (Not Bad) feature. Travis has a great verse and hook, so does 2Chainz 8/10. Wasted is this dark song about getting drunk and high in Houston has a sampled hook from Pimp C (R.I.P.) and a good verse from Juicy J 8/10. 90210 has to be Travis' best song the first part of it is dark, and he talks about a "Pornstar girl" who moves to Hollywood as a prostitute or stripper, and she's hooked on drugs because she's hooked on being low. The second part of the song has a nice 90's type beat and talks about his new fame and fortune 10/10. Pray 4 Love is a slow song and probably my least favorite out of everything on here, it's very slow, and the weekend's autotune sounds bad on the hook 4/10. Nightcrawler is a party anthem that has a hypnotic hook and a decent verse from Chief Keef 8/10. Piss on your Grave has the weirdest song idea on the Album, and Kanye's feature is off the wall 5/10. Antidote was the lead single of this album and the middle part is lacking, but comes back with the ending verse 8/10. Impossible is another great song and a better love song than the song on this album called Pray 4 Love, this is one of the songs where Travis shows how much better he is at using autotune than anyone else in the scene right now 10/10. Flying high is a great song with a great feature by Toro y Moi the production is insane in this track 9/10. I can Tell is a song about things Travis can tell you about his hometown Houston, TX 8/10. Apple Pie is the explanation and finishing track of this album it explains that the rodeo was him growing up in Texas 8/10. This is the best trap album period. Everything it has is better than most trap albums (Except for lyrics on half of the songs)

    Fav Tracks: Oh my, 3500, Wasted, 90210, Nightcrawler, Antidote, Impossible, Flying High , I Can Tell, and Apple Pie
    Least Fav Track: Pray for Love

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  5. Mar 7, 2020
    9
    This album is amazing, Its the best trap album of all time. It has good beats, lyrics and flow.
  6. Jul 17, 2017
    8
    Great album.
  7. Sep 5, 2015
    1
    Why do people like Travis Scott? I legitimately can't figure it out. All he does is rip off the style of others, including but not limited toWhy do people like Travis Scott? I legitimately can't figure it out. All he does is rip off the style of others, including but not limited to Drake, Kendrick, Kid Cudi, and Kanye (this dude is basically a cheap imitation of Kanye, let's be honest). Thus, nothing is special about his music. Almost song on here is unimpressive and unoriginal. The only songs that sound even remotely good are "P*** On Your Grave" (featuring Kanye) and "Pray 4 Love" (featuring The Weeknd). And trust me, Travis Scott is not the reason that these songs are good. Do yourself a favor and don't bother trying to enjoy this album. Expand

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