Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

by Travis ScottTravis Scott


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Titled after one of Quavo's lines from the chirpy summertime 2016 hit co-billed to Travis Scott and Young Thug, this fitfully hypnotizing follow-up arrived after numerous delays, toward the end of the year's third quarter. "Pick Up the Phone" functioned as the lead single off Thug's JEFFERY, and it sensibly reappears here, buried in the latter half, de-emphasized yet not quite a tacked-on bonus. It's easily the track with the most pop appeal on Scott's second full-length. Released almost exactly a year after Rodeo, Birds in the Trap features little development, though the large company Scott keeps is quite different, and Metro Boomin is noticeably absent. Among the present is André 3000, who drops by on "The Ends" to recollect the infamous rash of murders that struck his city during his early childhood. The album's deepest verse by a great measure, it has no discernible connection to Scott's surrounding rhymes of cocksure nonsense. That remains the M.O. of Scott, who remains deeply into heavy accessorization and proclamations of dominance, as well as punctuations with affirmative exclamations cast in dehumanizing pitch alteration. Swarming basslines and sluggish beats likewise form the rhythmic foundation, with gauzy and tickling keyboards adding sweetness to Scott's hedonistic hooks. Only on "Guidance," through scuttling drums granted by DF, is there a significant shake-up. This time, Scott co-produced only one track, another Weeknd collaboration, and it easily slips into the album's scheme with its serpentine menace and lightweight lyricism. Among the others on the guest carousel are Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, and Cassie. They all pass in a slow-motion blur.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2016
Label: Epic
UPC: 0889853777129
catalogNumber: 537771
Rank: 17579

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Travis Scott   Primary Artist
Mike Dean   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocoder
Swizz Beatz   Vocals
Kid Cudi   Vocals
Cassie Ventura   Vocals

Technical Credits

Todd Cooper   Arranger,Engineer
Mike Dean   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Additional Production
Oz   Producer
André Benjamin   Composer,Vocal Editing
C-Note   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Jason Geter   Executive Producer
Jason Lader   Vocal Editing
Hit Boy   Producer
O. Omishore   Composer
Frank Dukes   Producer
Shane Hill   Music Business Affairs
Blake Harden   Engineer
Melvin Hough   Composer
James Blake   Vocal Editing
Scott Ramon   Composer
Ernest Greene   Composer
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Caroline Polachek   Composer
Jordan Lewis   Engineer
Tyler Williams   Composer
Rivelino Raoul Wouter   Composer
Mel & Mus   Producer
Cardo   Producer
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
Carlton Mays   Composer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Ricci Riera   Composer,Producer
Stephanie Yu   Music Business Affairs
Tim Gomringer   Composer
Kevin Gomringer   Composer
Cubeatz   Producer
Sy Brockington   Composer
Abel Tesfaye   Composer
Travis Scott   Producer,Executive Producer
TM88   Producer
Adam Feeney   Composer
Cashmere Cat   Producer
Anderson Hernandez   Composer
Allen Ritter   Composer,Additional Production
Vinylz   Producer
Jacques Webster   Composer
Zeke Mishanec   Engineer
Ebony Oshunrinde   Composer
Larry Jacks   Composer
Casandra Ventura   Composer
Magnus August Höiberg   Composer
Shane Lindstrom   Composer
Quavious Marshall   Composer
Daveon Jackson   Composer
Bryson Tiller   Composer
Jahmar Carter   Composer
Ronald LaTour   Composer
Corey Damon Black   Art Direction
Murda Beatz   Producer
Brittany Hazzard   Composer
Jeffery Williams   Composer
Navraj Goraya   Composer,Engineer
Robert Faulstich   Music Business Affairs
Roget Cahahayed   Composer,Additional Production
Yex   Producer
Boilda   Producer
Daxz   Producer
Tlauxny   Producer
Travis Peterson   Composer
Darren Fraser   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Firas Quick   Engineer
Illa Jones   Producer
Kashief "K. Forest" Hanson   Composer
Mandell Strawter   Composer
Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph   Composer
Sam Benson   Composer
Bryan Simmons   Composer
WondaGurl   Producer

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