In his first interview after the tragedy at the Astroworld Festival, Travis Scott spoke to Charlamagne tha God, denying that his fans were dead or injured or aware of the danger from the crowd.
Travis Scott, who faces billions of dollars in lawsuits but wants those lawsuits dismissed, said in an interview weeks after the Astroworld tragedy that he “didn’t know the exact details until a few minutes before the press conference.”
In the interview that lasted for about 1 hour, he said, “And even at that moment you’re like, ‘Wait, what?'”, and after saying “People pass out, things happen at concerts, but something like that …”, he fell into silence before he could complete his thought. The rapper, who experienced great sadness, expressed his feelings in this way; “It really hurts. It hurts the community, it hurts the city. It’s a lot of feelings, a lot of grieving.”
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) December 9, 2021
As you know, Travis Scott’s first public statements came when he faced more than 300 lawsuits. The vast majority of cases accuse the defendants and the rapper of negligence and lack of security. Also, a Houston firm representing more than 1,500 festival attendees announced that it has filed a $10 billion lawsuit.
According to court documents obtained by Travis Scott Fox’s Houston subsidiary KRIV, in at least 11 cases, he flatly denied the allegations of negligence and requested that all cases be dismissed. However, the families of the victims, who rejected the offer to pay the funeral expenses, repeated their reactions to Travis Scott.
Charlamagne tha God told Travis Scott that some critics had described the lyrics as demonic, explaining that he incited young crowds to outrage. While an angry concert performance was going on, some of the attendees were trying to get attention for medical attention meanwhile. However, despite this, the concert continued according to the video footage.
According to washingtonpost.com, we can learn the words of Travis Scott from the interview given.
“You think your music is to blame?” Charlamagne asked.
Scott rejected the critics, saying he is “a man of God.”
“[There’s] always going to be an outside opinion, but for the ones that really believe in me and understand what I’m about and what I’m doing … I always preach love, I always preach understanding.”
Charlamagne partially agreed, but pushed back, telling Scott that the public outrage was over music that “does encourage people to be violent at these shows.” Scott argued that the music is intended to get his fans pumped up.
“But the energy isn’t to come and start being ultraviolent,” he said.
— Firsty4HipHop (@Firsty4HipHop) December 9, 2021
When asked about whether he heard any of the distress calls from fans, Scott said he did not, and could not, hear anything.
“It’s so crazy because I’m that artist too — any time you can hear something like that, you want to stop the show,” he said. “You want to make sure fans get the proper attention they need. Any time I could see anything like that, I did. I stopped it a couple times to just make sure everybody was okay. And I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective — call and response. I just didn’t hear that.”
He emphasized anything that his vantage point from the stage, as well as the lights and pyrotechnics from the show, make it extremely difficult to see, too.
“You can only help what you can see and whatever you’re told,” he said. “Whenever they tell you to stop, you stop.”
But he acknowledged that he does feel some responsibility for what happened at the festival, saying he “felt so connected” to the fans who came out to see him.
“I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here. I have a responsibility to figure out the solution,” he said, adding that he was praying for the victims and their families. “Hopefully this takes a first step for us as artists, having more insight about what’s going on.”
Charlamagne spoke a little later of the drama experienced by the victims’ families.
“If the families are never able to forgive you, can you forgive yourself?” Charlamagne asked.
Travis Scott replied with sadness; “My intentions weren’t to hurt or harm their families,” he replied. “I wanted them to have a good experience.”