Travis Scott is talking out concerning the Astroworld tragedy in his first interview.
The rapper sat down with Charlamagne tha God to debate his Nov. 5 live performance at which 10 individuals died amid a crowd surge. Scott, who continued performing for 37 minutes after Houston police and firefighters responded to the “mass casualty” occasion after which went to an after-party, mentioned he did not know the extent of what occurred. He’s going through greater than 100 lawsuits in the aftermath.
Scott mentioned he’s been on an “emotional rollercoaster” over the past month, ” a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving and trying to wrap my head around it, ya know?”
He mentioned he wished he may “be there” and “hold everyone,” amid the tragedy. Scott supplied to cowl funeral bills for the victims — a suggestion rejected by half of them. “It really just 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.”
Scott said he was doing the interview, despite the pending lawsuits, as a “human being” trying to communicate his emotions over it. He said his fans “are like household,” so he feels like he’s “misplaced one thing,” too.
He maintains he didn’t know people were being seriously injured, as it was a crowd of approximately 50,000. He’s used to people passing out at his shows, which are known for being high-octane events.
Kylie Jenner’s partner says he didn’t hear people screaming help or notice anyone trying to get his attention (“Nah, man”) — and is the kind of artist who would stop the show and make sure an ailing fan got the attention they needed, saying, “I simply did not hear that.”
He said it wasn’t until minutes before the press conference, though it’s unclear when that was, that he was told people died. Even then, he felt like, “Wait, what? He mentioned it felt like an everyday present” as far as energy. “People did not present as much as be dangerous. People simply confirmed as much as have a superb time and one thing unlucky occurred.”
He mentioned they’re working to resolve it so “this does not occur once more” and wants to ensure people’s safety at future shows.
While talking about how he’s been processing everything, he said he’s been “simply in a room for some time.” However, Charlamagne asked about photos of him at a golf course with Michael Jordan and Mark Wahlberg.
“It was simply Thanksgiving,” he replied. “[They are] good individuals to have round in a neighborhood. That was only a private time making an attempt to get round. I believe some fan requested for a photograph, however yeah.”