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Travis Scott Transforms His Headlining Governors Ball Set Into a Personal Rage Fest

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Travis Scott performs on stage on Day 2 of the 2018 Governors Ball Music Festival on June 2, 2018 in New York City.

“New York City make some noise!” Travis Scott shouted into his signature Auto-tuned microphone upon entering the stage at Governors Ball on Saturday night (June 2). And with that, the rager officially commenced. In his first headlining performance for the festival (a career feat he proudly shared with everyone in attendance), the the rapper was ready to transport the audience to his personal rodeo.

The set began with amusement park-inspired introduction video before the stage’s screen was engulfed in flames. Scott definitely has a thing for carnivals and rides, as previously seen when girlfriend Kylie Jenner rented out an entire Six Flags for his birthday back in April. 

The first song Scott chose to perform was an unreleased one. Titled "Stargazing," the rapper has been previewing the hazy tune at various concerts ahead of the release of his anticipated Astroworld album. "Rollin', rollin', rollin', got me stargazin' / Sippin' on purp, feelin' like the Barre Baby / Whenever I down it, got me goin' crazy / Psychedelics got me goin' crazy," he warbles on the catchy chorus. 

Scott didn’t waste a single second, and immediately demanded the crowd to open a mosh pit before the wailing guitars of Days Before Rodeo highlight "Mamacita" kicked in. Dressed in all black with a handful of ice-white jewelry lacing his neck, Scott controlled the energy of the crowd with every stomp, jump and taunting grin while on stage. As his DJ OG Chase B rang off bangers like "Way Back," Scott's "4 AM" collaboration with 2 Chainz and his "Dark Knight Dummo" collaboration with Trippie Redd, an army of menacing Travis Scott dolls blown up on the Jumbotron stared into the souls of the festival-goers.

“Okay New York City, that was a nice warm up,” Scott told the audience in a slightly haunting but joking manner. At this point, we're only 15 minutes into the performance, so who couldn’t survive the rager by now had a long night ahead of them! But the rapper's headlining set was almost overshadowed by a force that even he couldn't control: Mother Nature.

After the sizzling sunrays tormented us with its heat, the clouds opened up for a massive downpour. Naturally, the crowd immediately dispersed among the field. Scott began to sing "Butterfly Effect" while the rain soaked everyone in attendance. He then climbed on top of his staging setup to witness the madness for himself.

The storm didn't show any signs of slowing down, and neither did Scott's performance. "We love the rain!" he exclaimed while performing "Love Galore," his Grammy-nominated collaboration with SZA. Other song highlights included "90210" (his self-proclaimed favorite song), "Skyfall," "Upper Echelon" (whose rendition combated the rain with massive pyrotechnics), "Watch," "Antidote," "Sky Walker" and a few cuts from Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho -- Scott's joint project with Quavo. He also inexplicably brought Houston Rockets basketball player James Harden to the stage, which added yet another jolt of energy.

Towards the end of his performance, Scott assured eager fans that his new album is coming soon. "There’s no way I could allow myself to put out trash music, so I’ve been taking my time on it," he explained. The rapper also revealed he's been building test rollercoasters for his next tour, since he wants the venues to include an entire amusement park. That fearless ambition is what makes Scott the ultimate ringleader for a rager like the one he ignited at Governors Ball.

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