For what must have felt like an eternity for die-hard Travis Scott fans, after six years the superstar Houston rapper has released his long-awaited album “Utopia” and its no surprise that it set the internet ablaze with first impressions and reactions:
Travis Scott’s 'UTOPIA' 2nd day streams are still BIGGER than any rap album this year 😳
It was streamed 78 million times on day 2!
Incredible man. pic.twitter.com/vByQ19xEhE
— NFR Podcast (@nfr_podcast) July 30, 2023
The album gained 128 million streams on its first day of release and continued to make history as fans stormed streaming services. Not only did “Utopia” find success in numbers, it was also met with an exceedingly warm reception from fans on Twitter (now called “X”), with some already crowning it as 2023’s Album of the Year:
— ★ Nike ★ (@KKKLIPZ) July 28, 2023
People made note of the influence from Travis’ musical mentor Kanye West, comparing the production to the brash, experimental sound of Ye’s 2013 album “Yeezus”.
Kanye Ye West I Am A God
Travis Scott Modern Jam
Kanye Ye West Black SkinHead
Travis Scott Circus Maximus
Kanye Ye West Coldest Winter
Travis Scott Delresto Echoes
Yefluence is felt on Utopia 🔥 pic.twitter.com/OBG2QlfXn5
— Dee (@LowKyDee) July 30, 2023
In typical Travis Scott fashion, the album featured a flurry of hidden features purposely placed to get the internet talking. The album had an all-star cast to say the least, including the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, 21 Savage and Beyonce (I won’t spoil it all for you). It also featured a choir-like ensemble of some of modern music’s best producers which had fans jaws’ dropping:
TRAVIS SCOTT – UTOPIA PRODUCERS LIST
• Travis Scott
• Metro Boomin
• Mike Dean
• Kanye West
• The Alchemist
• Guy-Manuel de Homem (of Daft Punk)
• James Blake
• Allen Ritter
• Justin Vernon
• Tay Keith
— NFR Podcast (@nfr_podcast) July 28, 2023
Have you listened to Utopia? What did you think of it? Which feature shocked you the most?
By Jake Campbell.