Egyptian Authorities Pull the Plug on Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia’ Concert
The much-anticipated unveiling of Travis Scott’s album Utopia at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt has been put on hold due to concerns over Scott’s “unusual practices.” The Egypt Independent reported that the Egyptian General Syndicate for Musical Professions announced on Tuesday (July 18) that the highly awaited performance scheduled for July 28 would not proceed due to safety concerns and Scott’s potentially harmful cultural views.
The syndicate stated, “Being an integral part of this cherished nation, the General Syndicate is committed to its stability and vehemently opposes any interference with societal values and Egyptian and Arab customs.”
The statement further elaborated, “Based on research and documented information about unusual practices at Travis’s concerts that are not in line with our genuine societal values and traditions, the Board of Directors has decided to revoke the license issued to hold this type of concert that contradicts the cultural identity of the Egyptian people.”
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Background Information on Travis Scott
Born Jacques Bermon Webster II on April 30, 1991, Travis Scott is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Known for his stage name, which combines the name of a favorite uncle and the first name of one of his inspirations, Kid Cudi (whose real name is Scott Mescudi), Scott has significantly impacted the music industry.
Scott’s career took off in 2012 when he signed his first major-label contract with Epic Records and a publishing deal with Kanye West’s GOOD Music. His debut studio album, Rodeo (2015), was led by the hit single “Antidote.” His second album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016), became his first number-one album on the Billboard 200. In 2018, his third studio album, Astroworld, was released to critical acclaim and produced his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, “Sicko Mode” (featuring Drake).
Scott has been a globally recognized artist and pop culture figure throughout his career. However, he has also faced controversies and legal issues regarding safety at his concerts. In November 2021, a mass-casualty crowd crush occurred during Scott’s performance at the Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas, resulting in widespread condemnation of the artist.