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Houston: We Have a Kardashian Baby (We Think)

Can Houston's Travis Scott bring a little H-Town trill to Calabasas?

By Nandi Howard September 27, 2017

The only people who could break through the noise of Donald Trump beefing with the NFL (and Kim Jung-Un) are the Kardashians—and that's exactly what happened over the weekend, with TMZ breaking the news that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest sibling of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, is pregnant with her current boyfriend and Houston rapper Travis Scott.

Hey, perhaps some Kardashian tea is exactly what we need to get our mind off the possibility of World War III.

Although multiple mainstream outlets like People and Us Weekly have reported the news as fact, citing multiple sources close to the family, neither Kylie, Scott nor momager Kris Jenner have officially confirmed the pregnancy. That doesn't mean we are lacking in details though: TMZ says Kylie is 5 months along and expecting a girl. On the other hand, fans have suggested that this could simply be a publicity stunt to promote the 14th season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which premieres this Sunday. It's the Kardashians, so who knows.

But if it's true, this baby will rocket Travis Scott to new levels of fame. If relationships with the Kardashians can make household names out of hangers-on like Scott Disick and Blacc Chyna, imagine what's next for Travis Scott, who is already the most promising rapper to emerge from the Houston scene this decade and still an emerging force in the hip-hop world. Known for his thick, trippy productions—Rolling Stone describes Scott's MO as "deliver[ing] simple, beguiling phrases about partying and drugs in an Auto-Tuned singsong over hard-edged, low-lit beats,"—it seems like a good time to get to know the basics about this Houston star.

The 25-year-old rapper grew up in Missouri City and graduated from Elkins High School. You can hear him repping "Mo City" in his verses on SZA's "Love Galore" and Drake's "Company."

His real name is not Travis Scott, but Jacques Webster.

In 2012, Scott signed to Kanye West's GOOD music production team, where he worked on West's groundbreaking Yeezus album. By 2013, he had inked a deal with Epic Records and T.I.’s label Grand Hustle and released his first mixtape.

Don't let his drugs-and-party persona fool you—Scott is a multi-dimensional artist. He acted in several community theater productions in high school, including Kiss Me, Kate and Oliver!. He directs his own music videos, and claims John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez as inspirations alongside musicians like Björk, Coldplay, the Sex Pistols and Kid Cudi. "You ever seen Spy Kids?" he asked the Rolling Stone reporter. "Nigga, that shit is crazy."

Even if the name Travis Scott doesn’t ring a bell, you've probably had his music stuck in your head. His song "Antidote" peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard charts and both of his full-length albums have gone platinum.

Scott likes naming his records after Houston institutions—his 2015 debut was called Rodeo, and his forthcoming third album is Astroworld.

No matter what your feelings about the Kardashian/Jenner clan are, it can't hurt to bring a little H-Town trillness to their Calabasas world. And if the internet interpretations about this cryptic tweet are true, you can't helped but be charmed by Scott's reaction to the news.

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