In his first interview after the catastrophe at Astroworld event, which resulted in 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries due to a surge in the crowd, Travis Scott has publicly spoken out.
Since he, the festival’s organisers, and other artists have been sued, the Houston-born rapper has kept a low profile.
On Thursday morning, he sat down with The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God.
Travis told Charlamagne he has had a “rollercoaster of emotions” in the opening few minutes of their fifty-minute chat.
“It’s difficult because I’m always in touch with my audience. As a performer who has been through a lot, I can empathise with the struggles that my fans and listeners’ parents have had. And it’s a lot of pain, too. It’s bad for the neighbourhood and bad for the city. A lot of thoughts, sentiments, and mourning have been going through my brain lately, and I’m still trying to make sense of it all,” he continued.
Charlamagne then pressed Travis for an explanation of his motivations for doing the interview, to which the rapper replied that he had none other than to communicate with the people.
“There is no aim on my part; I simply feel like something happened and that was all I needed as a method to express, you know?” he commented.
“One of the reasons for this is that families are in mourning. There are fans who came to see the concert, and there are fans who experienced something. Always, I’ve been the one to stick to my guns when it comes to the folks I’ve had experiences with. Since then, I’ve been attempting to get to the bottom of things.”
Due of the several litigation Travis is currently battling, he had reservations about participating in the interview.
In the end, you’re a human being with feelings, and you want to find the greatest method to express those feelings, no matter what people think of you as an artiste.
It’s clear to the rapper that “no one will be” his voice if he doesn’t speak up about the festival’s consequences, so he’s been taking time to himself to cope.
Check out Charlamagne Tha God and Travis Scott’s whole interview in the gallery.
- Astroworld Festival 2021: Rick Kern/Getty Images