Travis Scott has made his first appearance on a commercially available track since the horrific crowd crush at last year’s Astroworld festival, which resulted in the deaths of ten people and many more injuries.
‘Hold That Heat’ is a collaboration between Southside, the producer of 808 Mafia, rapper Future and Scott. It comes with a Philip Andelman-directed visual featuring Scott clutching an alligator on a chain.
Scott appears for the second time since the events of Astroworld in November. The rapper appeared alongside Future on Kanye West’s ‘Donda 2’ tune ‘Pablo.’ The song, like the rest of ‘Donda 2,’ is only available for official hearing on West’s Donda Stem Player device.
Listen to the video for ‘Hold That Heat’ below:
On 5th November 2021, a crowd rush occurred during Scott’s main performance at Astroworld in Houston, killing ten people and injuring hundreds more. The cause of death for all ten victims was determined to be unintentional compressive asphyxiation the following month.
Scott did his first interview since the Astroworld disaster in December, telling Charlemagne Tha God that he had a “duty to figure out what occurred” at the time. Family and relatives of some of the victims of the disaster criticized Scott’s response, saying the rapper could have been more proactive in stopping the set.
He announced the commencement of his multimillion-dollar Project HEAL project last month and promised to always respect the victims of the Astroworld tragedy.
By launching the endeavor, the rapper was accused of breaking a gag order. Scott is currently facing hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the incidents at Astroworld.
Since the tragedy, the rapper has cautiously made his way back into the public eye. He apparently played a brief DJ performance at a Coachella afterparty over the weekend, as well as a short set at a private pre-Oscars party in Bel Air late last month.
Scott released two singles, ‘Escape Plan’ and ‘Mafia,’ a day before Astroworld. It’s unknown whether either song will be on the rapper’s upcoming album, ‘Utopia,’ which has yet to be announced. Billboards in California, earlier this month teased the album: “Looking for UTOPIA? WRONG WAY!” with Scott’s Cactus Jack label logo.