Travis Scott has a new music video for his collaboration with Drake, "SICKO MODE." Check it out above, courtesy of Travis's YouTube channel.
The song and video both highlight the signature local Houston flavor and fearlessly experimental style that make Travis what he is. The song is almost like a mash-up of two very different songs, which Drake starts with an intro that stops just as it sounds like it's about to really get going when he says Travis is "in sicko mode."
Drake has been using the word "Sicko" (often stylized as "6icko") going back to his song "Summer Sixteen" in 2016. This is not the first time that Travis and Drake have collaborated, but it is the first time that Drake has been featured on a Travis album. That short intro quickly segues into a completely different beat and Travis's verse.
The song structure is quite unusual, because the beat makes drastic changes in spots and the two rappers don't trade verses back-and-forth. Through the song, Travis samples trademark lines on the verses from Biggie Smalls' "Gimme The Loot" and 2 Live Crew's Uncle Luke on "I Wanna Rock." He also pays homage to slain Houston rapper Big Hawk ("Playin' for keeps / Don't play us for weak") on one of the choruses, mixed in Houston's revolutionary chopped and screwed production style.
The video, directed by Dave Meyers & Travis Scott, is just as wild as the song. Over the course of five minutes, nighttime sets in and street scenes turn to surreal visions of Travis and Drake. The party in the parking lot of Screwed Up Records and Tapes in Houston is featured prominently, as the ASTROWORLD theme park concept envelopes the city.
ASTROWORLD is Travis Scott's third solo album (not including his 2017 collaboration with Quavo called Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho). Check it out on Amazon and major streaming services.