I have black friends, but I don't just hang out with black kids. I might pull up with Indian kids, white kids, black kids, whatever.
I don't know if he remembers, but the first time I ever met Cudi was the first time I met Kanye. I've never told anyone this, but it was the same day. That was the first time I was around G.O.O.D. Music at all. I was sitting like, 'Man, I'm in the presence of 'Ye and Cudi. This is the art level where I want to be.'
I skipped 'College Dropout' and 'Late Registration' and went straight to '808s & Heartbreak.'
I'm a big fan of Kid Cudi. He was, like, the only concert I think I went to as a kid. He was on tour with Asher Roth.
I don't need a stage to perform. We just need something to stand on.
I like how fashion is becoming more like music. It's more adaptive to young kids. It's more adaptive to a more on-the-go lifestyle. More street vibe. But I've always been into it.
That's where I get my whole music theory from, my pops and my grandfather.
I was working with Jay Z while I was still learning how to be who I was about to become.
The most ironic thing is my grandfather has his masters in music composition; he was a jazz composer. My dad was a musician, too. He played more, like, soul music.
I was born in Houston, Texas. I grew up in Houston, by Missouri City. It's, like, a suburb in the area; it's middle-class. But I used to stay with my grandma in the hood from ages one to six.
Me being in Houston, I wanted to leave there because it was only known for one thing. That's why I hit N.Y.; that's why I hit L.A. That's why I hit Paris, London. I just picked up basically everything, but I morphed it into what Travi$ Scott is and into what I know is fresh.
Sometimes I might be sleepy, and sometimes I've literally been sleeping backstage, woken up, gone straight on stage or gone crazy. It's not like I psyche myself; I don't do any of that.
I'm not into just one thing; I always felt like I had to have my hand in everything revolving around what I do, whether it's directing videos, making beats, making music, performing.
I see hip-hop as going in a self-managing place. It's very culturally controlled and artist-controlled. It's not really based on a label anymore. Everything is pretty much in the control of the artist. Which is amazing.
When I was three years old, my dad bought me my first drum set.
When you come to my show, it's like a no-holds-barred, underground Royal Rumble.
I feel like everyone just gets constricted by their parents or, just, life.
Beyonce is, like, the highest level. We all reach for that level.
I consider myself an artist, which is, like, the most played term, but I believe it.
Money is something that keeps you alive and healthy and just keeps you focused. It's the drive. It's the passion.
I think of Westernized culture as a good visual for my music.
I feel like 'Birds in the Trap' seem united; it's just metaphor for ones in their box that are stuck and can't get their creative idea out.
You've gotta motivate kids. They wanna grow up. They got problems. You've gotta give 'em that music to make 'em feel like they're OK, and it's only a couple of artists that do that.
I'm attached to the beat. The beat speaks words. I love music.
I remember my mom bought me one of their shirts for Easter so that I could wear Helmut Lang for Easter. That was my first piece.
I'm always up for collaborating with brands and people who actually design, but doing your own line is a whole other beast. I don't think I could deal with the criticism.
I never produce a song, whether writing it or making a beat, and give it a wack visual or wack performance. I'm like a trifecta.
My mom used to work for Coach and Louis Vuitton, in retail. So, I've always been around it. I've always had that connection. Always.
Drake is an amazing person. Also, a magician. He's a big brother, super-talent; he's cool.
My work ethic is crazy. I'm a producer, an artist, and a video director.
I'm big on diversity. My music is very diverse; I don't want it to ever be typecasted.
James Blake is a real good friend of mine. He's real different than what you thinks. He's super turned up.
You grow up in a small community, there's no outlet like New York or L.A.
I feel like more artists like me should be on the radio. Everything is, like, so controlled by, like, super popular music. You know what I'm saying? Like, c'mon.
I don't get why radio shows allow artists to do shows without creative control, without any art direction at all. Instead of that, I get their press guys, their camera guys to be my backdrop of my show.
You've gotta really touch people to move them to buy your records.