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VERSUS: Did Travis Scott Upstage Kanye West in 2019?

Date: December 01 2019

By: Gabe Filippa

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‘I’m the highest in the room’, Travis Scott rapped back in October. And you know what? He’s probably right. The 28-year-old rapper hailing from Missouri City got us all tripping this year, dilating pupils with a reverse Swoosh Air Jordan 1, installing stash pockets on the Air Jordan 6, and revealing a wicked Air Force 1 over Halloween. La Flame’s production has gone into overdrive ever since ASTROWORLD clanked into existence. But has Travis Scott’s rollercoaster sneaker journey taken him to the heights of Kanye West? Buy a ticket and take the ride, its Travis Scott VERSUS Kanye West. As always, make your vote count below. 

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Gabe

Are you still blinded by your faith in 'Ye? Haven't you heard the good news? Travis Scott is the new sneaker king. He lit up the scene with so much La Flame this year it's unprecedented. What did we get from Kanye West? A couple of 'jail slippers', glorified clogs, and a trillion Yeezy BOOST 350s??? 


Rob

It's cool that Travis sparked some heat with his Jays, but compared to 'Ye he did Cactus Jack-all. How many shoes did he put out? Like five? And no hating on Kanye for having the means of production. He's been complaining about not having infrastructure for years. Now that he's got the factory, people are whining because he turned it on? Your argument is trash.

Gabe

Quality > quantity. Yeezy manufactured WAY TOO MUCH this year; so much so that even adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted is deliberately slowing down productionNevertheless, Kanye keeps churning out colourways. Honestly, Yeezy designs this year have been as sleep-inducing as Jesus is King. At this point, Kanye’s just relying on restocking popular models. What are we on, the fourth restock of the Yeezy BOOST 350 V2 'Zebra' now?

Rob

If you really believed in quality over quantity, you'd delete your Netflix account and buy a movie pass. But jabs aside, the two aren't exclusive. If Yeezys weren't a quality product, why would adidas make so many? If they were good enough to sell out in large quantities, don’t you think they'd be laughing all the way to the bank?

Gabe

They're definitely good enough to sell in large quantities! To be fair, Travis Scott is attempting to address fan complaints about limited stock.

Remember his response? 'Your voice won't go unheard.' Kanye, on the other hand, only continues to alienate himself from his own fans. 

Rob

Responding to fans is a 'Good Guy Greg' move, no doubt. But that argument stinks. You've got this dude calling out Travis for not making enough shoes for his fans to cop, a problem Kanye has already solved. And yeah, Kanye alienates his fans on some 'soon as they like you make 'em unlike you' type shit, but I don't need to name any albums to illustrate why this works for him. Time for a yes or no question: Do you think Travis Scott makes good product?

Gabe


Rob

Gabe

He's the highest in the room... 

Rob

I believe his product is paint-by-numbers. We both know that Kanye and Travis work with design teams who probably have all the ideas, but I think the difference is that Travis' team are the puppet masters, while with Yeezy it's Kanye pulling the strings.

Gabe

No way! Travis Scott has been in the fashion game well before his Air Force 1 colab. Remember his early 1990s rodeo-aesthetic with Helmut Lang? I mean, damn, his mum used to buy him Helmut Lang for Easter when he was a kid. And what about his weird Jordan Trunner LX? His epic Nike SB Dunk collection? Did you see him pull out the SB ‘Paris’ courtside in Houston last week? 

Rob

All right, I guess Travis is one of Kanye's sons, so it makes sense for him to play dress-up. But while Kanye's designs are out here poppin' wheelies on the zeitgeist – we're talking getting freaky with clogs and scuba boots for God's sake – Travis is, ah, what is Travis doing? Oh yeah, flipping Swooshes. I think Bernie's face says it all...

Bernie
Gabe

Wheelies? Nah, Kanye's been out of control this year. Flip-flopping in scuba boots and clip-clopping in clogs. He's even talking about renaming his Yeezy sneakers after passages from the bible. I'm going to thank the heavens for Travis Scott's stash pockets in the Jay 6 when that happens...


Rob

Aside from Trav's meagre 2019 output (c'mon, he ramped it up, but compared to Kanye he didn't move the needle), you've got to give it to Kanye for trying to bring values into his releases. As questionable as those clogs are, he's still trying to do his bit for the planet by including algae. And his talk about moving Yeezy production to the states and hiring ex-prison workers as part of a reform program? While it's nebulous and yet to happen, Kanye has the vision. What has Travis' sneaker line done this year that comes close to that?

Gabe

HE BUILT A THEME PARK.


Rob

Yeah, yeah. Travis Scott saved my life with a ferris-wheel. 

Gabe

ASTROWORLD changes lives.

Rob

ASTROWORLD didn't even change sounds. Travis Scott's output was great this year. He had a good run, but you can't compare him to Kanye – no matter how evangelical 'Ye is becoming, he's still the best one doing it right now. You keep your backwards Swooshes and whatever else T's stylist thinks is cool.

Gabe

Pfft. Travis Scott's got more drip sitting courtside than anything coming out of Calabasas. Let's just hope December brings some fresh looks to a stale Yeezy catalogue...

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