Travis Scott concerts may have a reputation for getting a little bit rowdy, but as crazy as they may get, Scott seems to be displaying a newfound commitment to keeping his fans safe even when security can’t — or rather, are the reasons for the unsafe environment.
Last weekend, at this year’s Rolling Loud festival, Scott was in the middle of his set performing “Motorcycle Patches” with special guest Quavo, off of last year’s collab project Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, when a fan engaged in the not-unusual expression of enthusiasm displayed at rap shows by jumping onstage with the artists.
The usual protocol in these situations is at best a dive into the crowd, at worst a quiet offstage escort by way of venue security guards. What happened instead was a brutal beating of the fan at the hands of the security guards, who pushed the young man down and began to kick him.
Thankfully, Scott reacted with haste by taking the side of his fan and ceased rapping to instead push the guards off of the helpless man to end the beating as quickly as possible. Travis extended an olive branch to the bruised fan by letting him finish off his verse into the microphone before assuring his safe return into the crowd free of interference from the bouncers, urging to security “don’t you touch him” while requesting audience members to “put your cameras down” and instead “help this kid”.
The altercation, which happens just over 18 minutes into the video of his set below, is a dramatic spectacle with, in this instance, a happy ending. Questions are certainly raised when a man known for urging concertgoers to jump off third-story balconies is now a more trustworthy ambassador of safety than those hired to be so.