Everything We Know About Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’

It certainly doesn't feel like 15 months since Travis Scott dropped Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. The album still sounds as fresh as it did on release day, and Scott has continued to push his music forward at a furious pace.

He's stayed in our playlists with new music—”Butterfly Effect” and “4 AM” alone would mark a successful year for most artists—and been touring relentlessly, often atop his giant birdBut the Houston rapper has also continued to make headlines for the music yet to come. There's a collab album with Quavo that was shipped off for mixing last week (if Quavo is to be believed), and then, there's Astroworld.

The album has become something of a folk tale for the Houston rapper's fans. It's a project closely tied to his city: the name is derived from a local amusement park that closed in 2005, and that closure still stings. “They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space,” Scott told GQ in May. “That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back.”  

He's been talking about Astroworld since before BITTSM even dropped, describing one of the best albums of 2016 as a “stepping stone” to Astroworld. So needless to say, we need it. But all Scott gives us these days is one word: “soon.”

Watch the timeline above to hear everything we know about Astroworld​ so far, and check out our new music recommendations for Travis Scott fans below. 

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Tomi Lahren Tries to Go at Colin Kaepernick and Gets Ripped

On Thanksgiving, Tomi Lahren shared a “food for thought” tweet that included an image of Colin Kaepernick digitally inserted into a photo of D-Day. Kaepernick was kneeling to illustrate her point yet again that what he’s been doing is unpatriotic and disrespectful to the American flag.

But the Fox News contributor couldn’t have shared this at the worst time. Kaepernick, who GQ named Citizen of the Year, has since become an inspiration for NFL activism and national anthem protests. And Twitter felt strongly about her attempt of putting down Kaepernick and went in.

Lahren went viral last year for her “Final Thoughts” segment on The Blaze when she vehemently condemned Kaepernick for his message.

“What’s your contribution? Sitting there like a fool? What’s selfish is you, buddy. And what’s your message to black kids, to people of color? That their biggest contribution to justice and self-fulfillment is to parade around with a chip on their shoulder like a victim?

“Colin, how dare you sit there and blame white people for the problems in the minority communities? After all, aren’t you half white? Didn’t two white parents adopt you after yours weren’t willing to raise you? For a racist and horrible country filled with racist and horrible white people, that’s really something, isn’t it?”

She’s not going to stop anytime soon, but judging from this reaction, it looks people have had enough.

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Draymond Green’s 15 Most Savage Trash-Talking Moments

With all due respect to players like Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, and Patrick Beverley, Draymond Green is, without a doubt, the best trash-talker in the NBA today. He takes trash-talking very seriously, and during an interview with ESPN back in April, he spoke about how he’s spent years crafting his ability to do it.

“I absolutely love it,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time. There’s an art to trash-talking.”

All of his hard work has definitely paid off. Green is so good at talking trash at this point that, while we’ve traditionally waited until the end of an NBA player’s career before compiling a list of their best trash-talking moments—we’ve run trash talk features on Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Kobe Bryant in the past—we don’t see much sense in waiting around for another 10 years before paying homage to the Warriors’ enforcer. He has already proven himself to be one of the best trash-talkers in NBA history, and it’s time to recognize that now. Here are Draymond Green’s 15 Most Savage Trash-Talking Moments.

15. “You’ll Never Dunk on Me”

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Victim: Dennis Smith Jr.

This is obviously the most recent moment, seeing as how it just happened this week, but we think it provides a pretty good illustration of what Green’s trash-talking is really all about. He took what could have been a relatively routine play—a ticky-tack foul on a missed dunk attempt—and turned into a teachable moment for an NBA rookie. Green yelled, “You’ll never dunk on me” at Smith Jr. and then continued to go after him following the game while speaking with reporters.

“That shit ain’t happening,” Green said, referring to the idea of a rookie getting the better of him at the rim. “This ain’t Summer League, bro. Not just gonna dunk on anybody. Better luck next time. It ain’t happening. C’mon, dude.”

Smith Jr. seemed confused by Green’s trash talk, since it’s not like Green rejected him clearly. But if he’s going to last in this league, he’s going to have to get used to Green going off on him on the court.

14. “You Didn’t Say That”

Victim: Lakers fan

Green’s trash talk extends beyond just the basketball court. He’s also known to talk plenty of trash on social media, and back in October 2014, he took it upon himself to call out a Lakers fan who apparently lied about what he told Green when he met him. The fan took to Twitter to reveal that he told Green the Warriors were “gonna get ran by my Lakers this year.” But Green disputed the fan’s version of the meeting and said the fan didn’t say that at all. It got quite a response from some of Green’s fellow NBA players.

If Green routinely talks trash to some of the toughest players in the NBA, what makes you think he won’t do it to you, too?

13. “I Laughed in His Face”

Victim: Kevin Durant

Back in 2015, Green revealed that KD is actually a decent trash-talker himself. He said KD’s trash talk “makes you feel bad about yourself.” But that hasn’t stopped him from going after KD—even though the two are teammates now.

In September, Green was asked how he reacted when he heard that KD got caught using burner social media accounts to defend himself. Green alluded to his own social media struggles, but he also said that he showed no mercy when he heard about what happened to KD.

“I reached out to him, I talked to him through text the day of,” Green said. “And then the next day, I saw him in person and I laughed in his face.”

12. “He Suck!”

Victim: Kevin Hart

Green and Hart have developed a (somewhat) friendly rivalry on and off the basketball court. They once took part in a three-point contest against one another, and Hart has also heckled Green during Warriors games against his beloved 76ers. So when Green was asked his opinion on Hart’s basketball skills during an interview on Conan in September 2016, he didn’t hold back on ripping him to shreds.

“He suck!” Green said.

Green did give credit to Hart for believing in himself. “You know, the thing that make Kevin a great comedian is that he believes the stuff he say,” he said. “Once again, thinking he’s good at basketball, he believe it.”

But he stopped way short of giving him any credit for being good at basketball. “No!” he said, before referencing his three-point shootout with Hart. “I mean, he hit a couple spots where he shot well, and I was shocked. But no!”

11. “The Cavs Didn’t Stand a F*cking Chance”

Victim: The entire Cavaliers team (and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey)

During a recent interview with GQ, Green was asked about the Warriors’ dominance in recent seasons, and in particular, their dominance of the Cavaliers during the 2017 NBA Finals. He didn’t shy away from admitting that he was actually upset the Warriors were only able to beat the Cavs 4-1 in their series last June.

“They didn’t stand a fucking chance,” he said. “It pissed me off we didn’t sweep them.”

Elsewhere in the GQ piece, Green touched on some comments made by Morey, who said the Warriors are “not unbeatable” during an interview over the summer. Morey also suggested, “We have something up our sleeve,” which really set Green off.

“What the fuck are you talking about?” he said. “They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy, because teams know they don’t have a fucking clue.”

10. “Ain’t No Man Gonna Touch My Head”

Victim: O.J. Mayo

Green and Mayo were nearly involved in a physical confrontation after a Warriors/Bucks game in December 2015. Green made some comments about Mayo’s then-teammate Michael Carter-Williams that Mayo didn’t like, and he responded by getting in his face following the contest. He also put his hand on Green’s head, at which point Green shoved him and then almost got into it with Mayo's teammate Khris Middleton. It’s unclear what exactly was said between the two, but Green explained why he pushed Mayo after the game.

“I’m not going to really talk about what guys talk about or say,” Green said. “What you think he said, he may not have said or may have said. But ain’t no man gonna touch my head. I’m a grown man.”

9. “You Can’t Mention ‘Bron in Every Song You Do”

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Victim: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has gotten into the habit of name-dropping LeBron James on many of her songs—and it’s something that doesn’t sit real well with Green. After she mentioned LeBron on her song, “No Frauds,” in March 2017, Green took to his Dray Day podcast to blast Nicki for repeatedly working LeBron’s name into her verses.

“Is Nicki gonna mention ‘Bron in every song?” he asked. “Every song she’s released since June 2016, there’s something about LeBron in it. I mean, damn, like, LeBron is great, but Jesus Christ, at some point it just becomes… too repetitive. Jesus Christ, you can’t mention ‘Bron in every song you do.”

“Every song” might be a slight exaggeration on Green’s part, but this clearly touched a nerve with him.

8. “I’m the Modern-Day Draymond Green”

Victim: Charles Barkley

Green has been a very vocal critic of Barkley over the last few years. The two are often compared to one another, and during an interview in May 2017, Green said that he is not with the comparisons. He went as far as to say that he flatly rejects the idea that he and Barkley are anything alike when it was suggested that he is the modern-day Barkley.

“Hell no,” he said. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. Fuck no.”

Green also slammed Barkley on his Dray Day podcast after LeBron took some shots at him.

“I’m all for destroying Barkley,” Green said. “You know, Barkley talk a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship… When it comes to speaking about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted.”

7. “Cool Story, Glenn”

Victim: Doc Rivers

The Warriors and Clippers had one of the best rivalries in the NBA a couple seasons ago, and that rivalry was due in large part to moments like this. After a March 2015 game between the two teams, then-Clippers forward Dahntay Jones walked by Green while he was doing a live TV interview and bumped into him. Green responded by shooting him a look that made it seem like he might step to him right there on the court.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers offered up a sarcastic take on the situation and referred to Green as “that tough guy on Golden State” when he saw what happened.

“Wow, that was such a violent bump!” he said. “I’m telling you. It was amazing. I told Dahntay, ‘You’ve got to be careful. That was too hard.’ I guess that tough guy on Golden State, I mean, I think the bump was too hard for him, clearly, the way he reacted.”

And Green had an equally sarcastic response for Rivers. That response?

Glenn, for those who don’t know, is Rivers’ government name. So petty.

6. “Drake’s Boots Cost Them the Game”

Victim: Drake

Drake went all out for the third annual “Drake Night” at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in November 2016. He held a press conference before the game. He showed up wearing a shirt with Doris Burke’s face on it. And he sat courtside and cheered for the Raptors as they played against the Warriors. But despite his best efforts, the Warriors won the game—and afterward, the Golden State players had a whole lot to say about Drake.

Kevin Durant said, “We don’t give a damn about no Drake Night!” Andre Iguodala said he had absolutely no plans to chill with Drake after the game. And Green went off on the boots Drake wore to the game and said they were to blame for the Raptors’ loss.

“Drake’s boots cost them the game,” Green said, interrupting Iguodala’s live post-game interview on the court.

Green later added: “The shirt was nice. But his boots were so bad. I was disappointed in his outfit overall. It’s Drake Night. You gotta bring better than that.”

Green has since gone on to rip Drake’s fashion choices on numerous other occasions since then.

5. “Cavaliers? Nope”

Victim: The entire Cavaliers team

During the Warriors’ NBA title parade in June 2015, Green celebrated by remixing E-40’s hit song, “Choices (Yup),” on the fly in the middle of a live TV interview. Golden State was just a few days removed from knocking off the Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals, and while standing next to Klay Thompson, he let it be known who the better team was.

“Klay Thompson? Yup,” he said. “Splash Brothers? Yup. Cavaliers? Nope. We won? Yup. They suck? Yup. We here? Yup. They not? Nope.”

Green clearly got caught up in the moment, but we imagine most Cavs fans weren’t too happy to hear this in the immediate aftermath of their team’s loss.

4. “We Rocking With Floyd, Bro, Not You”

 

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Victim: Conor McGregor

Right before fighting Floyd Mayweather in August 2016, Conor McGregor was spotted wearing a No. 23 Warriors jersey. Green responded to it by posting a photo of McGregor in the jersey on Instagram along with a caption that let him know that the Warriors weren’t going to be pulling for him in his fight.

“We rocking with Floyd bro not you,” Green wrote. “Take that off bruh.”

What made this moment great, though, was that McGregor didn’t back down from Green. In one of the few instances in which Green met his match, McGregor fired back on him with a vicious clapback of his own.

“That’s C.J. Watson, mate,” he wrote. “I don’t know who the fuck you are. No disrespect tho, kid, keep hustling and stay in school. Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J. when I don’t know or give a fuck about basketball. I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here, kid.”

The jersey turned out to be a total troll move on McGregor’s part, and Green just got caught in the crossfire.

3. “Bro, You’re Not Scaring Anyone”

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Victim: Kevin Garnett

KG earned a reputation for saying some pretty off-the-wall things to his opponents during his NBA career. Few players talked trash quite like him. But that didn’t stop Green from going directly at him when he first came into the league.

During an interview with Grantland in April 2015, Green admitted that he admired KG growing up, but he also said that didn’t stop him from talking trash to him the first time they played against one another.

KG just talks junk to try and scare people,” he said. “He won’t say nothing directly to you. He just says stuff about you out loud, like talking to himself. So I called him out: ‘Bro, you’re not scaring anyone. Just stop with the antics.’ We got into it, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

There aren’t many people who could get away with saying, “Stop with the antics,” to KG, but Green is obviously one of them.

2. “You Ain’t Kobe”

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Victim: Paul Pierce

Green took some shots at Paul Pierce for criticizing Kevin Durant at the beginning of last season. And when the Warriors and Clippers played back in February 2017, he continued sending shots in Pierce’s direction. While Blake Griffin was in the middle of shooting free throws, Green badgered Pierce about the fact that he didn’t get the same kind of farewell tour that Kobe Bryant got right before he retired.

“You can’t get no farewell tour,” he said, “they don’t love you like that. You ain’t got that type of love. You thought you was Kobe? You ain’t Kobe.”

Green later said he didn’t have “nothing personal” against Pierce on his podcast. But he added: “If you gonna talk junk, I don’t hold anything back when I’m talking junk. If I’ma talk junk, I’ma talk. And I’ma take it where it needs to go.”

1. “B*tch” (or Was It “F*ckboy”?)

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Victim: LeBron James

Green and LeBron got tied up at the end of Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals—and it led to Green serving a one-game suspension that really turned the tide of the series and led to the Warriors blowing a 3-1 series lead. LeBron was noticeably upset during the confrontation, and it led many people to wonder what in the world Green said to get LeBron so angry.

An initial report suggested that Green called LeBron a “bitch”—twice—during the trash-talking that the two players did. That report indicated that Green called LeBron a bitch once before LeBron pointed out that he’s “the father of three kids and a man” and that Green responded to that by saying, “You’re still a bitch.”

But Green’s trash talk actually may have been even worse than that. While speaking with Jimmy Butler on The Bill Simmons Podcast a few days later, Bill Simmons revealed that he heard Green went above and beyond while trash-talking with LeBron. According to him, Green a called LeBron a “fuckboy,” not a bitch.

“I heard he didn’t say the b-word,” Simmons said. “I heard it began with an F and ended with boy. That was what I heard. That’s why I think LeBron took it so personally. I’m sure LeBron has been called the b-word before. He really got upset. I don’t know if you saw. His feelings got hurt. It’s really hard to hurt LeBron’s feelings. He’s one of the strongest people in the United States.”

LeBron may be strong but even he was no match for Green and his incessant trash talk. Not that he should be ashamed about that. Green has proven time and time again that he’s simply on another level when it comes to running his mouth.

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Draymond Green Talks About the Time Kobe Bryant Gave Him the Best Advice Ever

Since retiring from basketball in April 2016, Kobe Bryant has been really vocal about how he’s more than open to dishing out advice to the current crop of NBA players. All they need to do, Kobe has said, is give him a call, and he would be happy to help them out in whatever ways he can.

One player who has turned to Kobe early and often is Warriors star Draymond Green. Green and Kobe exchanged texts during the 2016 NBA Playoffs when the Warriors were facing a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 deficit during a series against the Thunder (Golden State would rebound to take that series by winning three straight games), and according to Green, there are other times Kobe has helped him out with his problems, too.

During a recent interview with GQ, Green talked about the time that Kobe gave him the best advice he’s ever received. Shortly after the 2016 NBA Playoffs ended with the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead of their own to the Cavaliers, Green was feeling really down about his perception throughout the league. He had been accused of kicking a couple players during the Warriors’ playoff run, and he was quickly gaining a reputation for being a dirty player. So he turned to Kobe for guidance.

“I was going through all that shit with the media and with the kicks and I was fucked up,” Green said. “So I called Kobe, and said, 'This shit’s killing me, because these people are painting me to be something that I’m not, wondering, would I kick anybody on purpose? I wouldn’t kick anybody on purpose. It’s fucked up.'”

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Kobe understood Green completely and helped him cope with the situation by talking to him about how most people are okay with being mediocre. Those people, Kobe said, would never be able to understand Green and his drive for greatness. So Kobe told Green that “as long as you wait for them to understand you, you’re fucked.”

It was exactly what Green needed to hear. “It was the best shit I ever heard,” Green told GQ. “Because it gave me an understanding of why people don’t understand me. I’m so crazy competitive. I put my competitiveness up there with anyone. How could someone understand that? It’s a different level.”

Green drops all kinds of gems in his GQ interview. You can check out the entire thing here.

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Travis Scott Says Quavo Album Is ‘Coming Soon’ and Might Be a Surprise Drop

It sounds like Travis Scott is baking the element of surprise into the rollout for his collaborative album with Quavo. In an interview with GQ, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was asked about the highly anticipated project, and while he didn't give a lengthy answer, he made it clear fans shouldn't expect too much warning when it arrives.

“The Quavo album is coming soon,” he said. “I'm dropping new music soon. You know how I do it though: I like surprises.”

Travis previously teased the project back in April when he shared two song previews on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show. One of the tracks, “Lo-Fi,” was produced by Murda Beatz, who spoke with Complex about how it came together. “We made that in L.A.,” he said. “I made the beat and then we made the song. That song's a banger. I just know that's gonna be a smash.”

Travis was also asked about the title of the album, to which he replied: “We're all about surprises.” If there's one thing Travis has been into lately, it's surprises. Just last night, the rapper dropped three new tracks on SoundCloud, one of them being a collaboration with Playboi Carti.

This should build up more hype for Travis' 2017, which will not only include the collaborative project with Quavo, but also his third studio album Astroworld.

You can catch Travis on his Birds Eye View Tour through June. He'll also be joining Kendrick Lamar on the road for the Damn Tour; that begins in July.

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Wale Strikes A Pose With Diane von Furstenberg, Bar Refaeli For Harper’s Bazaar

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Wale is rubbing elbows with some very high fashion women for the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The MMG rapper recently posed for a shoot for the fashion magazine with supermodel Bar Refaeli and designer Diane von Furstenberg.

“Youngin Doin it Big!! Harpers Bazaar with my ladies@barrefaeli and the LEGENDARY @DVF new #balmainleather ???? #wrkngtitle doin numbers . Thanks for yall support,” he tweeted, along with a photo of his arms wrapped around the power ladies’ calves.

Per Necole Bitchie, everyone’s favorite pop culture photographer Terry Richardson shot the images.

Wale is a lover of clothes. He told GQ last year that he can’t live without his Hublot watches, WRKNG Title and his Stance socks. “That’s love,” he said about the socks. They’re family. I don’t even have a favorite, if they make it, I have it. I wear every single pair I got.”