Travis Scott and Nas Talk Freedom, Rap and Relevance in Playboy

Travis Scott and Nas Talk Freedom, Rap and Relevance in Playboy

Hip-hop megastars Travis Scott and Nas in conversation: On freedom, rap and relevance, “Let me get that blunt.” Travis Scott pokes his head out from the backseat of his silver Bentley. His security guard lights up, tests his work and then passes it to his boss. The 26-year-old Houston-born rapper’s bleached braids are all we see of him as he inhales and exhales, rolling up the windows. He insists on sitting in the luxury car—the same one he turned up in with his driver at the wheel—because the Hollywood Hills midcentury modern edifice that is the site of today’s Playboy shoot imposes a strict no smoking policy. His entourage of 10, decked out in their leader’s merchandise, never leaves the driveway, setting up a scene and an energy only a rap superstar could create.,
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