The 10 Best Mixtapes Of May
Travi$ Scott, Owl Pharaoh
A few months ago, Travi$ Scott showed up at the XXL Freshmen cover shoot wearing an all black outfit and a matching bandana to cover his face. He was silent most of the time, but you could tell by his movements that he was reclusive. Often, he was jittery and spoke in short sentences, which only piqued people’s interest on finding out who this relatively unknown rapper was.
At our XXL Freshmen concert, the buzz was at an all-time high for his Owl Pharaoh mixtape dropping the same night. He first announced it in 2011 and would confirm a number of release dates the following year. In similar fashion to a perfectionist named Kanye West, Scott has meticulously weaved a strong tape that highlights his production and impressive lyricism. You would be hard-pressed to not find influences from West. But then again, Scott definitely proves his artistry is different, as seen in key tracks like “Bad Mood Shit On You” and “Dance On The Moon.” Even slow downed by delays, it was worth the wait. The music knocks.