Hip hop artist Travis Scott, née Jacques Webster, has been blowing up the scene as of late. The 23-year-old, who is rumored to be dating Rihanna, released his debut studio album titled Rodeo last month to critical acclaim, including a number three debut spot on the U.S. Billboard 200. “Antidote” is his second single from the album. We found it on free music download site Soundcloud and subsequently reviewed it below.
The song begins with an upbeat melody that has a dark and slightly twisted timbre. Immediately, the lyrics point to the fact that this is meant to be a party song. “Don’t you open up that window / Don’t you let out that antidote / Poppin’ pills is all we know / In the hills is all we know (Hollywood!),” croons Scott, indicating that he knows how to party.
The song continues on with a drug-addled theme, including mentions of “cocaina,” “feds” and “bottles.” The phrase “at the night show” is repeated several times as well. Clearly, “Antidote” is about the party world; the lyrics also hint that Scott finds said world a bit insular and closed off from everything else. Drinking and doing drugs is a nice life for the people doing them, and the antidote to the poison of the “outside world” is the partiers’ own denial of the fact that what they’re doing is not good for them.
“Antidote” was produced by WondaGurl and Eestbound, the first collaboration these two have had together. The song is not terribly original; however, its title is extremely catchy and will likely pull in listeners who would otherwise not be interested. Scott gives a flawless delivery and, given the lyricism of his other work, he is likely self-aware of what purpose this song will serve. In an industry that glorifies increasingly intellectual lyrics, this is important.
The song bows out on the same beat it entered in on, with Scott emphasizing “Don’t you let out that antidote.” The song itself doesn’t warrant a second listen unless you’re at a house party with a rotating playlist, but for a free music download, it is undeniably catchy.