Travis Scott's second solo release is an emphatic mission statement for the 21-year-old Houston rapper-producer, demonstrating his versatility (and raw talent) over 12 standout tracks.
Mamacita - featuring Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug - is powered by a hypnotic vibrating bass line and churning guitar lick that guarantee dance-floor dominance. In a standout verse, Scott keeps pace with two of rap's current best flow experimentalists with rapid-fire delivery that stylishly incorporates brief a cappella and vocal distortion.
On Quintana, Pt 2, the rapper uses Auto-Tune to mould his flow into a multi-faceted weapon, sounding alternately gloomy and defiant on a song with one of the year's best hooks.
Backyard is the most emotive we've heard him - he comes off just as energetic recounting his unglamorous couch-surfing days as he does on the rest of his haunting party-rockers. Scott handles this radical shift with ease, making us wonder just how deep - and untapped - his creative well really is.
Top track: Backyard