Why Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia’ Reminds You Of Kanye West And ‘Yeezus’

You’re not alone in sensing the similarities.

Travis Scott’s latest album, “Utopia,” has been generating buzz since its release on July 28, 2023. Fans and critics alike have noticed distinct similarities between this album and Kanye West’s 2013 experimental masterpiece, “Yeezus.” While “Utopia” is not a direct replication of “Yeezus,” there are several elements that evoke the influence of Kanye’s iconic album.

Firstly, Travis Scott’s involvement in the production of “Yeezus” cannot be overlooked. He played a significant role in crafting the experimental sound that Kanye brought to the forefront. Travis contributed to the production of tracks like “New Slaves,” “Guilt Trip,” and “I Am God,” showcasing his ability to blend electronic and techno-inspired elements with hip-hop beats. These skills are evident once again in “Utopia,” where Travis’s style of combining various sounds shines through.

Kanye West and a young Travis Scott during the Yeezus/Owl Pharaoh era

On the other hand, Kanye West has also left his mark on “Utopia” with his presence in the production credits. Songs like “THANK GOD,” “GOD’S COUNTRY,” and “TELEKINESIS” feature Kanye’s signature production style, characterized by ominous and electric beats with auto-tuned vocals. The presence of Kanye’s influence in these tracks is undeniable, creating a strong connection between the two albums.

Original Telekinesis Version called “Future Sounds” from Donda 2020 era.

Furthermore, both artists have enlisted the talents of similar producers, most notably Mike Dean, who has been a key figure in shaping the sound of both Kanye and Travis’s discographies. Mike Dean’s co-production on tracks like “CIRCUS MAXIMUS” and “Black Skinhead” contributes to the familiarity that listeners sense between the two albums. Additionally, the soulful beats and flow present in “HYAENA” also appear to draw inspiration from Kanye’s style.

Not only do the production choices evoke similarities, but Travis Scott’s flow in certain tracks is reminiscent of Kanye’s rapping style on “Yeezus.” For instance, “CIRCUS MAXIMUS” showcases Travis adopting a cadence akin to Kanye’s “Black Skinhead,” while “HYAENA” features Travis delivering lyrics in a manner that echoes Kanye’s unique approach to rapping.

Moreover, Travis Scott incorporates samples from old Kanye West productions in “Utopia.” “LOOVE” includes a sample of Pusha-T’s 2013 single “Numbers on the Board,” which was co-produced by Kanye himself. This usage of a Kanye-associated sample adds another layer of connection between the two artists and their respective works.

Some fans even speculate that several tracks on “Utopia” originated from Kanye’s 2020 Donda sessions. The third track, “MODERN JAM,” is said to reuse a beat initially created for an early version of “I Am A God” from “Yeezus.” The similarities are compelling and have led to speculation that these songs were born from creative sessions involving Kanye years prior.

While Travis Scott’s “Utopia” undoubtedly draws inspiration from Kanye West and “Yeezus,” it’s essential to recognize that Travis brings his unique flavor and artistry to the table. The comparisons serve as a testament to the impact that Kanye has had on the music industry and how his innovations continue to influence artists like Travis Scott. As both artists push boundaries and experiment with their sounds, fans can appreciate the artistic connections and celebrate the evolution of music in the ever-changing landscape of hip-hop and rap.

In conclusion, “Utopia” is a testament to the enduring legacy of Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and its profound influence on contemporary artists like Travis Scott. While the comparisons are evident, “Utopia” is more than just a rehash of its predecessor. It’s a bold and experimental journey that showcases Travis Scott’s growth as an artist while paying homage to the genius of Kanye West. As both albums continue to resonate with fans, they solidify their places in the pantheon of groundbreaking and genre-defying works in the realm of hip-hop music.