After Friday night’s tragic stampede at the Astroworld Music Festival (founded and headlined by Travis Scott), people have turned a critical eye to Scott’s long history of encouraging reckless audience behavior. Sometimes referred to as “Hip Hop’s King of Rage,” Scott is known for demanding rowdy, raucous behavior from his crowds. “We don’t like people who just stand,” he says in a GQ video titled “How to Rage with Travis Scott.”
In August 2015, Scott urged fans to climb over concert barricades at Lollapalooza in Chicago, prompting them to chant “We want rage.” The situation grew so dangerous that police officers attempted to arrest Scott during the performance, and the performer fled. He later pleaded guilty to reckless and disorderly conduct.
Two years later, Scott once again urged fans to climb over the barricade and join him on stage. The resulting stampede injured a security guard and a police officer, and Scott once again pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Later that year, Scott told his fans to jump off a balcony, which led to one fan getting pushed off. The 23-year-old fan, Kyle Green, fractured his vertebrae on impact; seconds after he landed, his broken body was carried to Travis Scott, who lauded his “fearlessness.”
Dangerous Behavior Part of “Raging”
Travis Scott has on record talked about his philosophy regarding “raging,” a style of partying that rewards risk-seeking or life-endangering behavior. Scott says his philosophy is about “good feelings,” presumably for the fans’ benefit; however, he’s not above weaponizing his crowds when it suits him.
In one video from a Travis Scott performance at Coachella, the popular artist incites the crowd to assault an attendee after Scott lost his shoe while crowdsurfing. "F*ck him up! F*ck him up!” Travis chanted to the crowd as he was held aloft by security. “F*ck his a** up.”
Prompted to Stop the Show?
Multiple fans told reporters they begged Scott, organizers, and other responsible parties to “stop the show” after witnessing people losing consciousness in the standing-room-only crowd. Witnesses report Scott continuing to sing as ambulances made their way through the crowd, although he did briefly pause multiple times to respond to fans in distress.
Our concert injury firm has filed a lawsuit against Live Nation Worldwide, Travis Scott (real name Jacques Webster), and other concert organizers for failing to monitor and respond to the Astroworld Music Festival disaster. Our crowd surge attorneys look forward to holding at-fault parties accountable and forcing Mr. Webster to reckon with the lives he’s harmed with his dangerous, destructive behavior.
Other information about the Astroworld Music Festival disaster:
- Astroworld Crowd Surge in Houston, TX: 8 Dead, 100s Injured
- Astroworld Mass Casualty Event: What We Know So Far
- 8 dead, hundreds injured at Astroworld fest Friday night, hours after stampede
- Crowd Surge at Travis Scott Concert Leaves at Least 8 Dead
- At least 8 dead and many injured at Astroworld Festival in Houston