Travis Scott is speaking out in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy in hopes of spreading healing and awareness… but some people are wondering if he should be talking at all.
In his first interview since an audience stampede resulted in the death of ten people and injured hundreds more, Scott went on Charlamagne Tha God’s Power 105 talk show to discuss what happened that fateful night in Houston, what he saw from his spot on stage, and what he’d do differently in the future.
The nearly hour-long chat saw the “Sicko Mode” rapper tell his side of the story regarding the November 5, 2021, disaster. Scott’s been widely criticized for not stopping his show once the stampede started and injuries were obvious, but he insists that he didn’t know what was happening until long after he left the venue and that if he had been aware he would’ve reacted swiftly to protect his fans.
“It’s so crazy because I’m that artist too, anytime you can hear something like that, you wanna stop the show. You wanna make sure fans get the proper attention they need,” explained Scott. “And anytime I could see anything like that, I did. I stopped it, like, a couple times to just make sure everybody’s okay. And I really go off the fans’ energy as a collective call and response. I just didn’t hear that. You know, I got music, I got my in-ears [earbud-like monitors musicians wear on stage].”
He later explained that the Astroworld aftermath has been an “emotional rollercoaster.” Discussing his struggle, he said, “I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something, and it really hurts. It hurts the community, it hurts the city… [I’m] just trying to wrap my head around it.”
The beleaguered musician is currently the subject of nearly 3,000 lawsuits seeking total damages in the neighborhood of $2 billion dollars from Scott and co-defendants Drake and Live Nation. Scott responded to the suits, denying any liability and even requesting one be dismissed immediately.
Lawyers for one of the victims were critical of Scott’s sit-down. “Axel Acosta and the many others killed or injured are the victims. Travis… and everyone else who enables him are the problem.”
It’s been an eventful six or so weeks since that horror night in Houston, and for Scott, the hits keep coming. He was just dropped as a headliner at Coachella 2022, with festival organizers choosing to pay a “kill fee” for the cancellation rather than moving forward with the original performance plans.
Scott, who is awaiting his second child with on-again off-again flame Kylie Jenner, was also removed from November 13’s Day N Vegas festival, with Post Malone acting as a last-minute replacement. Beverage manufacturer Anheuser-Busch also announced their decision to discontinue their hard seltzer called CACTI which was associated with Scott.