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Some may find it hard to believe that Scott, notorious for his horrible spelling, infinite use of caps lock and grammar issues on
Twitter was once enrolled in one of the world’s leading research institutions. With recent reports that UT’s automatic acceptance rate is dropping to 6% and much scrutiny about admission into the university in the past, it’s quite evident that before he was Travis Scott, Jacquees Webster was on his way to notoriety from the go. It is alleged that Scott originally applied to UT and was accepted into the school’s CAP program, which is a guided transfer program for “on the bubble admits”, spending a year at UTSA, then transferring to UT for his sophomore year.
Either way, it’s understandable that much of Scott’s time in college may have served as some of the inspirational fuel behind his early projects like “Owl Pharoah” and “Days Before Rodeo”, both of which were nominated for BET Hip-Hop awards in the best mixtape category. These inspirations are most directly evidenced in track “25th and Leone,” which is inspired by the energy of the community immediately surrounding the campus area. Here Scott can be heard exchanging bars about the hustle and bustle of West Campus’ party life, saying “Had to hit Austin, UT had me in the crowd Longhorning, classmates keep it bumpin’”.
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His frustrations with being confined to the classroom and only being able to express himself through academics only catalyzed the creative vision behind his music. Like many other college students, Scott took his time in university to figure out what he wanted to do in life and began taking the steps he needed to reach those goals. Falling in line as a STEM major or studying business just wasn’t it for him.
After spending virtually all of his money and time on his music, Scott soon after dropped out of school unbeknownst to his parents. Fortunately, his rap career took off from there. Fast forward, not only is Scott bagging cosigns from Kanye and a deal with major label Epic Records, but more recently he has also become the face of Nike’s air vapor max campaign.
Since his escape from school, Scott has collaborated with numerous musical heavyweights including Toro y Moi, Frank Ocean, Migos, Calvin Harris and many more. His style of music is so eclectic and versatile that he has been able to break the Billboard charts with a #1 album in “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight,” and reach millions across the world with his music. Stuff that may have seemed impossible years ago when he was just cooking up beats in his dorm.
While his visibility now is sky high, there still is not much to be retracted about Scott’s stint here at The University of Texas. Scott told Complex in 2012 that he hated college, hence his buying plane tickets to Los Angeles to make it all happen. It is to be noted, however, that in his interview with Complex, Scott never specifies where exactly he attended University, whether that be UT at Austin or UT at San Antonio is generally unknown.
Where he spent his college years may be unclear, but the legacy of La Flame is not. Scott’s artistry and dedication to his craft are both undeniable and considering his impact on rap’s new wave, the age-old moniker holds true, What starts here really does change the world, whether that be innovative research or the rap game.
Onaje is a Sophomore Journalism & African and African Diaspora studies major from Houston, Texas. He’s into anything related to Kanye West, cinema and bagels. Aside from Verge Campus, he is a former Music editor and current managing editor at ORANGE Magazine as well as a member of UT’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.