Last week, Travis Scott sent Houstonians into a frenzy with the release of his new album “Astroworld.” If the album’s title didn’t give it away, the Houston rapper’s latest star-studded project is a love letter to the beloved Houston theme park that closed in 2005.
“They tore down ‘AstroWorld’ to build more apartment space,” Scott told GQ. That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.”
But Scott’s new album isn’t just nostalgia over the defunct amusement park, whose property is now used as parking space for Houston’s annual rodeo.
The 17-song album is also riddled with references and easter eggs to Houston.
From other Houston rappers to roadways, Scott’s new album is not shy about shouting out Space City. For Houston fans of hip-hop, listening to Scott’s work and picking up on them adds an extra level of enjoyment.