The new Travis Scott documentary—produced by the man himself—was a  great cinematic reflection of Scott’s progression as one of the most  individualized and ingenious artists of our generation. The documentary  highlights some of the most pivotal moments of his career and what he  did to get to where he is today. Aside from minor production details  that I personally would have liked to see, this new documentary did an  amazing job connecting its audience to Scott’s personalized story.  Through clips of his shows, interviews of his fans and highlights of his  day-to-day experiences, it perfectly showcases the raw talent, hard  work and dedication that fuels Scott’s creative vision.

A true teaching medium; as any documentary should be

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This documentary is absent of any narration; it’s just multiple clips  pieced together with a purpose to tell a story and characterize an  artist. Although the scenes weren’t placed in chronological order, the  film still walks you through an assortment of Scott’s career feats.  While doing that, it also teaches you about Scott and his character  through interactions with fans, family, and whoever he works with on any  of his music. Another nice touch was including what most other  documentaries do; input from people he’s worked with and interviews of  fans talking about him. It’s always nice to get that outside perspective  of fans and the colleagues who feel they are connected to him through  his music.

Sprinkled throughout the documentary are short home videos from when  Scott—whose birth name is Jaques Bermon Webster—was growing up. This  gives the viewers a small glimpse into Scott’s upbringing and family  life as a child. Scott was one of three producers of this film, and it’s  pretty obvious that much of this documentary was sewn together with his  taste and vision. The inclusion of these home videos does the work of a  message of gratuity from Scott to his parents. After watching many  scenes of Scott’s parents cheering him on and constantly expressing how  proud they are, it’s easy to think that those were included as a type of  “thank-you” to his parents, which is very heartwarming, looking back at  that concept.

Both a sad and happy tear-jerker

The emotion in this documentary didn’t always stem from overwhelming  happiness or amazement. My personal experience watching the scene of him  losing what he wanted most at the Grammys resulted in absolute  heartbreak even for me as a mere viewer. After seeing the dedication  Scott put into his work, it was tough to watch his reaction to not  getting the award of recognition for his album that he had poured every  ounce of his heart and soul into. We all knew that he didn’t win the  Grammy he wanted, but my respect for him as an artist only grew when I  saw how he dealt with that pain and kept working toward a bigger  picture.

Something that established my respect for Scott in the first place  was his dedication to his craft; it goes beyond the song-writing  process. As seen in scenes before and after his shows, it’s incredible  how detail-orientated he is towards everything that reflects and  enhances his music. He’s such a strong visionary and that resonates in  every part of his work, even beyond the recorded tracks. The documentary  features many videos of his shows and performances, and if you’ve ever  seen him onstage live, you know just how much energy that puts off.  Scott cares just as much about the delivery of his music, especially  live, as the music itself.

The downfalls; if any

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This documentary tugged on every one of my heartstrings in all the  right ways, but one thing I really wish I could’ve seen was a bit more  of a come-up story or more about his childhood. This film’s focal point  lies mostly on Scott’s album, Astroworld, and other career  accomplishments that happened around that period of time in his career.  Though I enjoyed this it would have been awesome to see just a little  more of how he got where he is today and what he did to work his way up  to the top.  

This documentary did the job of what all documentaries are supposed  to do; it taught us all we need to know about an artist and what makes  them special. But this documentary went above and beyond its job of  simply teaching us about Travis Scott. The fact that it was produced by  Scott himself shows; it was tailored to his taste and vision and you  could tell that’s how he wanted to tell his story and invite the viewers  into his world. It evoked emotion and gave us more insight to who he is  as an artist and as established, branded, talented creator.





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