Since a "mass casualty event" at Astroworld 2021 left 10 people dead and hundreds injured, Travis Scott has remained out of the public eye, not commenting on the tragedy beyond a brief video statement. On Thursday, The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne tha God shared a 51-minute interview with Travis Scott on his YouTube channel covering the events of Astroworld and the aftermath.
Scott, who has faced criticism for not stopping his headlining set as the crowd surge began to claim lives, said that he was unaware of what was taking place during his performance. "It wasn't until minutes [before] the press conference that I found out exactly what happened," Scott said.
Later, Scott would deny that he heard fans screaming for help. "Anytime you can hear something like that you wanna stop the show, you wanna make sure fans get the proper attention they need. And anytime I could hear something like that, I did. I stopped a couple times to just make sure everybody was OK. And I really just go off the fans’ energy as a collective, you know, call and response. I just didn’t hear that. I got music, I got my in-ears. But I just didn’t hear that.”
Asked how much responsibility he bears for the events, Scott responded: "Fans come to the show to have a good experience, and I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here. I have a responsibility to figure out the solution. And hopefully, this takes a first step into us as artists having more insight into what's going on."
This week, Travis Scott denied all legal liability in six lawsuits filed against him stemming from the Astroworld tragedy