Out of all the music documentaries I’ve watched lately, two have stood out loudly like another Kardashian surgery. The one is Beyonce’s Homecoming, the other is Travis Scott’s Look Mom I Can Fly.
The former is an intimate, in-depth look at Queen Bey’s iconic Coachella performance in 2018, detailing the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.
The latter is a modern masterpiece that digs deep into the career highs and lows of a rapper that we really know very little about.
Travis Scott’s (real name Jacques Webster) platinum-selling third album Astroworld was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards in 2019. And while musicians today will preach to you that it’s just an honour to be nominated, when Scott didn’t pick up a single Grammy at this year’s ceremony he was visibly upset.
The documentary deals with a range of personal issues, but the emotional toll that those losses took on him are pretty hard to watch. The doccie even goes so far as to detail a conversation Scott had with Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston, backstage at a concert. The Mayor proceeds to give him a locker room pep talk that centres around faith and perseverance and it’s about as candid a scene as you’re going to get.
The documentary also shines a spotlight on the immense Astroworld Tour and features a barrage of insane concert and crowd surfing footage that you’ll never tire of.
And while I’m going to ignore the giant break-up elephant in the room (sorry Kylie) the intimate moments that Scott shares with daughter Stormi are going to have you awww-ing so hard.
Scott even credited Stormi as an executive producer on the film so that she could receive royalties. I mean, not that she’ll ever be hard-up for cash but the sentiment is adorable.
So whether you’re a fan of Scott or not, do yourself a favour and put this one your to-watch list right now.