By Hayden Wright
We’re in the age of the visual album, the wide-release concert doc, the revealing Snapchat story and stream-of-consciousness Instagram feed. Travis Scott’s new “short film” La Flame borrows elements from all these mediums to take fans behind-the-scenes of his life. Recorded by videographer Tucker Tripp, La Flame mixes concert bootlegs, hotel room hangouts, celebrity run-ins, studio sessions and footage of fans (and haters) to form a mosaic of Scott’s time on the road.
Those clips include songs from Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, Scott’s sophomore LP released earlier this month, as well as cameos from Diddy and Kanye West. Two female fans are shown receiving a citation for trespassing after they hop a fence to access the rapper: “We just wanna f—in’ meet Travis!” they exclaim. In an obscure bar somewhere, a couple in their sixties wonder “Who is Travis Scott? Am I supposed to know who the f— Travis Scott is?”
The video is unvarnished and reads more “home movie” than “creative manifesto,” but La Flame is still worth the 18 minutes. Check it out and look for additional cameos from Seth Rogen and Migos’ Quavo.