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Travis Scott’s Utopia was extremely polarizing

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Even with one last third of a year to go, it’s easy to say 2023 has been one of the better years for the music industry. With big names such as Metro Boomin, Lil Uzi Vert, and Taylor Swift all releasing music this year, standards were at an all time high. However, Travis Scott’s Utopia raised through the smoke of expectations with flying colors.

With a total of 19 songs to its name, Utopia ends up being an accumulation of all the experience and talent Travis Scott has gained throughout the years. 

When the album first released, any sign of features were nowhere to be found. Yet after listing to Utopia to completion, the feature count totals up to 19. 

With so many features on the album ranging from Beyonce and SZA to Drake and Bad Bunny, there is without a doubt a song for everybody on the track. 

Even with so much variety on the album, there still ended up being much controversy on whether Utopia was a flop or not. Some people say that Utopia is the album of the century while others say that its hot garbage. This album definitely heated up the waters of the music community.

Personally, it’s easy to say that Travis Scott’s Utopia is indubitably one of the greatest albums of the year. This was evident as soon as “Hyena”, the first song of the album, started playing a unique boom-bap type beat that was paired beautifully with a stunning vocal performance by Travis Scott. 

The next standout track in the Utopia album is “K-Pop”, which at first was an immediate skip. However, after a couple of replays it became one of the most memorable songs on the album. With an appealing beat and lyrics by Bad Bunny and the Weekend combined with catchy chorus by Travis Scott, the song ended being a favorite.

The song that got added to everybody’s personal playlist, regardless of what they thought of the album as a whole, is “Meltdown”. One of the contributing factors to this song being an instant classic was the stellar performance by Drake who was the only feature on the song.

With not only the best beat on the album, but also the most well performed beat switches, “Meltdown” stands at the top of the Album. Travis Scott’s vocals and lyrics were top tier, but what really took this song to the top of the charts is the old Drake flow that Travis Scott managed to bring out of him. 

This performance reminded everybody in the music industry why artists like Travis Scott and Drake are in a league of their own when it comes to musical ability. 

A factor that isn’t mentioned a lot when talking about Utopia’s success is the amount of producers that were brought on the project. From artists like 21 Savage and Kanye West to BNYX and Metro Boomin, Travis Scott pulled all the stops to make sure Utopia was a masterpiece. 

Whether you hate it or love it, what can be universally agreed on by all is that Travis Scott’s Utopia is easily his most polarizing album to date.

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