Travi$ Scott’s reputation precedes him. He’s not the most original artist there is, in fact he’s been accused of outright stealing songs from the earliest stages of his career. Even with the criticism Travi$ has developed into one of the more popular artist around but his new album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight offer the clearest evidence that he does, indeed, use other artist’s work as his own.
Stealing seems like a harsh term, since surely there was some money or favors exchanged but this much can’t be denied, Travi$ Scott clearly threw two tracks on his album that weren’t originally his. At this point it’s well publicized that “Pick Up The Phone,” the successful first single from the album originally belonged to Young Thug and a singer-songwriter named Starrah from Delaware.
Now, just a few days after the release of Birds the original has leaked, showing that Travi$ added little to the track beyond his voice reciting Starrah’s lyrics, some auto-tune and a few additional synths at the end of the track.
Compare the original.
To the version that ended up on Birds. (NSFW)
The rumor is Travi$ was in the studio when the song was recorded and eventually added his vocals and began playing the track at shows and DJ gigs claiming it was his, long before it was ever set to be released. It’s unclear what the original plan was for the track but whatever it was you can see why Lyor Cohen was so upset, but eventually a compromise was reached and the song was released as “Young Thug and Travi$ Scott featuring Quavo” with Thug’s name first at all retailers.