Travis Scott - Rodeo
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #839 / 925
User Score
2015 Ratings: #11
Liked by 125 people
September 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epic, Grand Hustle / Label
Trap Rap / Genres
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Rodeo is an absurd wonder that thankfully works.


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.

The Needle Drop
Travis Scott's ambition and songwriting translates artfully on his latest commercial effort.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

Crack Magazine

Much like Action Man, all the parts on Rodeo are present and correct but that is all they are – parts.

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.

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.

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
EDIT 2020: Changed to 100, I can't deny it anymore.

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 ... read more
the greatest trap album of all time
It was my first Rodeo and I loved it! 🤠🙌🏻

Travis Scott’s genius as a producer and musician is more than evident on this record. Never before have I really cared for rap songs in excess of 3 or 4 minutes and this album is loaded with Trap Bangers and mesmerizing 7 minute odysseys into the realm of partying and lavishness that Travis is introducing us to.

Thematically, this album reminded me a lot of The Weeknd’s ‘Trilogy’ which is appropriate because Abel has ... read more
I got bored so time to really take a lot of time to fully review one of the most significant releases of this decade.

After dropping a beloved mixtape DBR in 2014 that I didn't like except like 2 tracks, Travis Scott had a big 2015 with astronomical hype ahead of him. And back at the time, there was probably no masterful trap album at all, maybe a couple singles, and some mixtapes like the Future kill-streak that same year. But never a grand commercial album that displays the true potential of ... read more
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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