Travis Scott has been out of the highlight since last November’s Astroworld Festival tragedy that noticed 10 attendees die resulting from a lethal crowd surge. However the 31-year-old rapper made a giant public reemergence final night time on the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, the place he debuted a brand new music as a part of his first stay efficiency in additional than half a 12 months.
Scott carried out two songs on the present. The primary was “Mafia,” the J. Cole collaboration which he initially launched simply days earlier than the Astroworld pageant. The opposite, “Misplaced Without end,” is a collaboration with Westside Gunn and James Blake that Scott has been teasing for close to a year. The rapper had been scheduled to carry out at Coachella 2022, however wound up being faraway from the lineup, although he did play a quick set at one of many pageant’s afterparties.
Diddy, who hosted and produced the award present for the primary time, mentioned he “made a requirement” that Scott carry out throughout the ceremony, and the announcement just a few days earlier than the BBMAs was met with backlash.
“As a musical household, none of us are saints; none of us are with out issues that occur to them in life. So one of many issues I’m doing straight is un-canceling the canceled,” Diddy told Billboard. “That’s breaking information as a result of folks haven’t been about uncanceling. However canceling is a development that should cease.” Diddy drew a connection between the controversies round Scott and nation star Morgan Wallen, who was filmed using the n-word in February 2021, and talked throughout one among his early monologues about how the show was a celebration of second chances.
In March, TMZ broke news that Scott was donating $5 million to a wide range of “group initiatives,” which incorporates HBCU scholarships and offering some funding for the U.S. Convention of Mayor’s Job Pressure on Occasion Security. Among the legal professionals representing these killed and injured at Astroworld objected to the announcement, claiming that it may “affect attainable jurors and rebuild his fame forward of a possible trial” in trial over his legal responsibility, per the Associated Press. (There have been hundreds of lawsuits filed towards each Scott and occasion promotion firm Dwell Nation.)
Scott’s return to the general public eye additionally fuels theories that he’s going to make use of this second to restart the rollout for his fourth studio album, Utopia, in addition to different sides of the Travis Scott Machine—his subsequent Nike collaboration, an Air Max 1 and Air Coach 1 assortment, is rumored for a Might 20 launch.