AOTY 2018
Travis Scott - Rodeo
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #692 / 770
User Score
Based on 526 ratings
2015 Ratings: #23
September 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epic, Grand Hustle / Label
Hip Hop, Trap Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Rodeo is an absurd wonder that thankfully works.

80
XXL

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.

80
The Needle Drop
Travis Scott's ambition and songwriting translates artfully on his latest commercial effort.
70
AllHipHop
His great sense of production, conceptualization and the quality of artist he surrounds himself with puts him in an optimal position for continued success, in spite of his lack of lyrical depth and content on a consistent basis.
70
HipHopDX
Be it increased confidence, clout or just spending more time with generation defining musicians, he has found a way to stay true to his sound while all along exploring newfound sonic and musical territory.
70
Complex
Travi$ Scott made an enjoyable album for his fans peppered with undeniable bangers for his detractors. But in a climate where a large portion of the community questions his identity, his purpose, his value (and in some cases, his ethics), this is not quite the validating slam dunk that it should’ve been.
65
The 405

Although Rodeo may register as subpar in comparison to past Scott releases, weighted down from high expectation and debate, it's almost certain that Trav's reign as rap's trend connoisseur isn't over quite yet.

60
Rolling Stone

On his major-label debut, Travis Scott ... doesn't rap so much as scream, moan and yelp like he's fronting an Eighties hardcore band.

60
Exclaim!
Instrumentals alone can't elevate mid-level raps though, and though Scott's name isn't as prevalent in the production credits as it has been in the past, an increased focus on lyricism is absent here.
60
Pitchfork

Travis Scott’s verses are often without substance and chock full of choppy cadences, and songs without guests, especially "I Can Tell", are undone by the monotony.

60
Clash

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.

50
Spin

For its alleged vision and production, Rodeo has its moments, but digging them out is as challenging as attempting to ride a bull for eight seconds.

50
Consequence of Sound

Rodeo is designed to be groundbreaking and innovative, but falls short of that goal. Yes, the production is great and Scott puts together some good hooks, but he never puts forth a cohesive statement of voice.

40
NOW Magazine

Scott goes for spacey sounds, stoner vibes and vocal filters, but despite the eclecticism, he's too elusive and bland for Rodeo to amount to a stylistic - let alone a subversive - statement.

33
Pretty Much Amazing

From half-baked ideas to songs simply being mulled over one too many times, the sonically-ambitious-to-a-fault Rodeo is littered with technical flaws, which are ultimately a disservice to the framework of the beats.

BradTasteMusic
95
This will be looked back at one day and be considered a classic. I swear this whole album is a trip and these songs are each so memorable

Edit: (original score 90) so I’ve been writing a “Worst to Best” for this album and it’s resulted in me giving this album a TON of listens. However it feels like with every listen, the high points get higher, and the low points never seem appearent. That’s cause Rodeo is an absolute trip that Travis can only try to replicate at ... read more
victor
90
Production is amazing. Love the dark trap flavoured style all throughout the album and it has immense replay value for me.
MTB
88
lol everyone so wrong here
AZIZ
97
The MBDTF of Trap Music.
This album is to Trap the way White Pony was to Nu Metal. This is bar none, the greatest Trap album of all time. This album was extremely ahead of its time. It did what no other Trap artist could do and elevated the sound of modern Hip-Hop to a level where lyrics didn't need to matter and even the headassest of the old heads could respect it. Pornography is my favorite album intro of all time, it gives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it (no punk intended). The grand ... read more
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MISC LISTS

#33/Rolling Stone (Rap)

Track List

  1. Pornography
  2. Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)
  3. 3500 (feat. Future & 2 Chainz)
  4. Wasted (feat. Juicy J)
  5. 90210 (feat. Kacy Hill)
  6. Pray 4 Love (feat. The Weeknd)
  7. Nightcrawler (feat. Swae Lee & Chief Keef)
  8. Piss On Your Grave (feat. Kanye West)
  9. Antidote
  10. Impossible
  11. Maria I'm Drunk (feat. Justin Bieber & Young Thug)
  12. Flying High (feat. Toro y Moi)
  13. I Can Tell
  14. Apple Pie
  15. Ok Alright (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
  16. Never Catch Me
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Added on: August 28, 2015