Travi$ Scott’s Family Ties To DJ Premier & Love Of Thrash-Metal Gets Revealed (Video)
Once again, oddball audiophile Nardwuar has linked up with another of today’s most popular artists to chat about topics predictable and otherwise. This time, the Vancouver, British Columbia mainstay met with Houston rapper Travi$ Scott, whose debut album Rodeo has been oft-cited as one of the year’s most exciting. Also a singer and producer, Scott made waves in October with his boldly titled video single “Piss On Your Grave,” featuring Kanye West. Now, the 23-year-old is busy on tour with The Weeknd, which will be great practice for 2016, when he’ll join Rihanna on her hugely anticipated Anti World Tour. In the little down time he has left, he managed to fit in an interview with Nardwuar, with whom he shared some gems that might surprise you.
Filled with the whimsy and child-like enthusiasm Nardwuar is known for, the nearly 15-minute conversation between the two remains high-energy and exuberant throughout, from the choice in traditional gift the latter always gives to his guest in the form of a piece of vinyl (for Scott, it’s a copy of the Thrash-Metal group Exodus’ Bonded By Blood) to their conversation about iconic artist Keith Haring (as Scott says, “I fuck with him”). It is then that Nardwuar gifts Scott with a 7″ and LP-sized copies of Run-D.M.C.’s “Christmas In Hollis,” the sleeve of which is adorned with Haring’s signature art. The two go on for several minutes about Punk Rock, but then the conversation turns to Scott’s family, about whom Nardwuar is apparently extremely knowledgeable. Apparently, Scott’s father is a longtime musician who grew up with DJ Premier, to whose house a young Scott once went to drop off a mixtape. After shocking Scott with the name of his high-school Spanish teacher’s name and an old family photograph (and even more rare vinyl goodies), Nardwuar delivered what will surely be the most unforgettable interview in Scott’s career. At its onset, Scott appeared apprehensive and a bit reticent, but by its terminus, he was singing Nardwuar’s praises in a major way. Check it out below: