- 06 Jul 22
The rapper is still facing multiple lawsuits following the tragedy at Astroworld Festival last year.
Travis Scott stopped a performance in New York on Monday evening after several fans mounted a metal truss near the stage. Footage is being circulated on social media of the 31-year-old telling members of the audience to "get down" and "take two steps back" from the barricade.
Eight months have passed since the infamous Astroworld tragedy, which killed ten audience members and left thousands more injured after a crowd crush during the rapper's headline set. Scott is still facing a slew of multimillion-dollar lawsuits after the incident.
In the days after the festival, he responded with multiple statements and offered to cover funeral costs for those who died. These offers were declined, with the family lawyer of the festival's youngest victim, 9-year-old Ezra Blunt, telling Rolling Stone that Scott "must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy."
Since then, the rapper has been the subject of much scrutiny. In December, it was announced that he would no longer headline Coachella 2022, and a planned collaboration with Dior was delayed "out of respect for everyone affected by the tragic events at Astroworld."
In his first interview after the festival, Scott told Charlamagne Tha God that he would not perform again until “we address a lot of safety concerns.”
The interview was part of Scott's tentative return to the public eye.
He announced the launch of Project HEAL last March, "a multi-tier, long-term series of community-focused philanthropy and investment efforts," including initiatives on event safety, mental health resources, and scholarships.
Later that month, he performed a brief set at a private pre-Oscars house party in California, and in April, he played five songs during a DJ set at a Coachella afterparty in a La Quinta Venue.
Despite having announced his forthcoming album, Utopia, just before the tragedy, the producer has not released a full-length project since his last album, Astroworld, in 2018.
However, he recently featured on Southside and Future’s single 'Hold That Heat,' and also debuted a new song at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards in May, called 'Lost Forever'.
Travis Scott UTOPIA Billboards spotted in California! pic.twitter.com/TBj6QsVG73
— SAINT (@saint) April 10, 2022
Fans are still anticipating Utopia's official release date, and with the rapper dropping hints in the form of cryptic billboards over the past year, many believe it will be any day now.