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Travis Scott sat down with Charlamagne Tha God and finally broke his silence following the Astroworld tragedy.
During the near-hour long conversation, Travis admitted that he’s been on an “emotional roller coaster” since the incident.
“I’ve been on different types of emotions, an emotional rollercoaster, I mean,” he said. “It gets so hard because, you know, I always feel connected with my fans. I went through something and I feel like fans went through something and people’s parents went through something. And it really hurts. It hurts the community, it hurts the city. There’s been a lot of thoughts, a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving, and just trying to wrap my head around it.”
The Houston rapper clarified that his intentions for the conversation is just to clearly communicate and connect with his fans. “I’ve always been that person to always see things through with the people that share experiences with me. … I’ve been trying to just really figure things out,” Scott said.
Here are 8 takeaways from Travis Scott’s conversation with Charlamagne:
Travis Was Unaware of the Severity of The Chaos
Travis Scott found out exactly what happened minutes before the press conference. He wasn’t aware that anyone passed away immediately after the show, and didn’t hear pleas to stop the show in real-time. He noticed one fan needed medical attention and assisted him with that.
He was notified that the “show will end after the guests come off” but wasn’t given a reason why. But it wasn’t communicated to end the show immediately.
He regrets the now-viral video where he initially addressed the ASTROWORLD tragedy, but he just wanted to connect with his fans. At the time, he only knew people passed away and was getting more information as time went on.
He wasn’t able to distinguish the ambulance in the crowd because of the lights on it.
The police did visit his trailer before the show but assured him that “everything was under control” and congratulated him on bringing such a huge event to his hometown. This negates the Houston Police Department’s claims that they warned Travis about a surge due to the crowd size.
Travis Personally Connected With Some of the Families
He spoke to some of the families who lost loved ones at his festival, but kept the details of the conversation private. He was completely understanding of the families who denied his gesture to cover funeral costs.
Safety is a concern for him moving forward, but Travis doesn’t plan to stop performing. Describes performing and music as an “art of healing.”
Charlamagne Asked Travis Scott About Satanic Ritual Claims
Travis reassures that he’s a “man of God” and denies all claims that this was a satanic ritual.
Since Astroworld, Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, and the festival organizers have been hit with a pile of lawsuits and the “Sicko Mode” rapper has been dragged while many people urged for him to be “canceled.”
Travis’ lawyer slammed the Houston Police Department for their “finger-pointing.”
“There has been multiple finger-pointing, much of which has been by city officials, who have sent inconsistent messages and have backtracked from original statements,” Edwin F. McPherson wrote. “Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was quoted in the New York Times as saying, ‘You cannot just close when you got 50,000 and over 50,000 individuals. We have to worry about rioting, riots, when you have a group that’s that young.’ Yet, just a short time later, Chief Finner states the responsibility to stop the show falls on Travis.”
Travis has repeated that they’re trying to find the root of the problem in the interview above with Charlamagne. But who do you think is at fault?