In his first interview since the fatal Astroworld tragedy last month, Travis Scott has damaged his silence in regards to the occasions that claimed the lives of 10 of his followers, insisting that he was unaware that there was a lethal surge occurring beneath his ft.
“Even after the present, you realize, you’re simply type of listening to issues, which I didn’t know the precise particulars till, you realize, minutes earlier than the press convention,” Scott advised Charlamagne Tha God in an interview that was posted on the radio host’s YouTube channel on Thursday morning.
“And even at that second you’re type of similar to, ‘Wait, what?’ You realize, you simply went via one thing.”
Scott’s sit-down with Charlamagne comes because the rapper’s profession appears to be in freefall, with the 30-year-old facing more than 300 lawsuits after a whole bunch of individuals had been injured throughout his Astroworld competition in Houston on Nov. 5.
Greater than 50,000 individuals attended the sold-out live performance, and followers turned trampled underneath the burden of the group because it surged in the direction of the stage to get nearer to Scott. Among those who died was a 9-year-old boy who attended the live performance together with his father.
The musician has tried to do injury management, partnering with on-line counseling service BetterHelp to offer one free month of therapy for these traumatized by the occasions, in addition to providing to cowl funeral prices for victims. (Half of the victims’ families have refused his offer.)
Scott appeared stoic in the course of the 50-minute dialog, sitting again in his chair, barely swiveling in it as he answered Charlamagne’s questions. When pressed on why he was selecting to talk out now, and what he hoped to achieve from the dialog, Scott responded, “I personally don’t have an intention, I simply really feel like one thing occurred and I wanted a solution to talk.”
“It’s been quite a lot of ideas, quite a lot of emotions, quite a lot of grieving,” he added. “Simply attempting to wrap my head round it. I actually simply wish to be there. Want you possibly can simply maintain everybody, speak to them, have conversations… It hurts.”
Harrowing movies from the night time present a chaotic scene, with muffled screams coming from individuals on the bottom. Kylie Jenner, who Scott shares a baby with, even posted video from the live performance displaying an ambulance driving into the center of a sea of individuals, as Scott continued his efficiency.
Followers had climbed onto digicam working platforms in a determined try to alert live performance organizers to the state of affairs and get medical consideration for these injured. At one level, even Scott briefly paused throughout his set to verify on a fan.
However Scott is adamant he was unaware of the true extent of what was occurring, explaining that his visibility from the stage was very restricted, and it was laborious to discern screams for assist from cries of pleasure.
“You possibly can solely assist what you may see and no matter you’re advised, each time they let you know to cease, you cease,” he mentioned. “It’s so loopy ’trigger I’m that artist, too. Anytime you can hear one thing like that, you wish to cease the present, you wish to make certain followers get the right consideration they want. Anytime I may see something like that, I did.”
“I ended a pair occasions to simply make certain everyone was OK,” he added. “And I actually simply go off the followers’ power as a collective, you realize, name and response. I simply didn’t hear that. I obtained music, I obtained my in-ears, however I simply didn’t hear that.”
Scott also defended himself against accusations that he often encourages his frenzied fans to mosh and rush the stage, saying the concept of “raging” at his exhibits is extra about “having enjoyable.”
“There’s not a textbook definition,” Scott defined. “However in live shows we’ve grown it to be simply the expertise of enjoyable. It’s not about simply… hurt. It’s not about that. It’s about letting go and having enjoyable, assist others and love one another.”
“As artists, you belief professionals for when issues occur that individuals can go away safely. And this night time was similar to a daily present, it felt prefer to me, so far as the power. Folks didn’t present up there simply to be dangerous. Folks simply confirmed as much as have a superb time and one thing unlucky occurred and we simply want to determine what that was.”