Last week, Netflix released “Look Mom I Can Fly,” a documentary following the life and career of rapper Travis Scott. Directed by White Trash Tyler, the film follows Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster, through the development and release of his third album “ASTROWORLD” and his rise to fame that followed.
I’m not one of those people who loathe the Kardashians, but I’m really glad the documentary focuses more on Travis Scott’s own life and upbringing, rather than his relationship with Kylie Jenner. Sure there are moments where he is shown kissing Jenner on the cheek and playing with their daughter, Stormi Webster, who is curiously credited as a producer on the project. But Travis’s role in the Kardashian empire is by no means in your face all the time. Additionally, it’s nice to see Travis take on a father role. Those scenes were always brief but they showed the side to him that the general public doesn’t take into account.
The film also features footage from Scott’s childhood, which includes family trips to Six Flags Astroworld, a now-defunct amusement park in his hometown of Houston for which his album is named. The support and love from his family follow him into his career; in many scenes, his parents support him and beam with pride at his events. And Scott’s support for his hometown is also at the forefront. At one point, he’s given keys to the city of Houston and fans express their gratitude for the ways in which he’s given back to where he came from.
Travis Scott is notorious for having rowdy concerts, which is why he’s been arrested multiple times. Audiences are encouraged to be as destructive as possible, and, as a result, people pass out and have to be carried off on stretchers. That being said, it was really interesting to see the perspective of the audience members through brief concert interviews. A lot of what these kids were saying focused on how relatable he is and how his music helped them through difficult times, even though this might not be reflective through their actions at his concerts.
When it’s time for Scott to perform, he doesn’t play around; he’s there to give people a memorable show. He’s literally flown in on a mechanical bird, rides a mechanical rollercoaster over crowds of people, and let a concert-goer propose to his girlfriend onstage. But when he notices that someone’s safety is at risk, he jumps into action, bringing the person’s presence to the attention of the medical team while his performance comes to a brief pause.
There are always going to be that select few who say that they don’t want to watch eighty-five minutes of a rapper talking about how he’s a visionary or a god. First of all, Travis literally has a song called “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” (the most underrated song off of “ASTROWORLD”), about rappers who tend to think they’re better than anybody and everybody and how stupid that mindset is.
I will admit that there are times in the documentary that might lead unfamiliar audiences to think that Travis is a narcissistic person. In one scene, he yells at his stage production crew about a lighting issue. In another, he is shown expressing frustration during the Grammy Awards, when “ASTROWORLD” loses best rap album to Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy.”
However, instead of simply labeling him as a narcissist, audiences should recognize that no one is perfect. Scott truly cares about the type of craft he’s putting out there and how audiences are going to respond to it, this comes across clearly throughout the film. On a surface level, or to someone who doesn’t know Travis Scott’s work very well, they might see a typical rapper who is disruptive, anti-establishment and who wants to bring chaos to order. But when you look more closely, audiences might see an artist who is creating music that Millenials and Generation Z’s can relate to the most, and he is loved for it.