Travis Scott Teases New Album 'Utopia' with a Pandemic Pop-Up Event

Los Angeles officials could fine the artist for breaking COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings
Travis Scott Teases New Album 'Utopia' with a Pandemic Pop-Up Event
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Travis Scott is teasing a new album called Utopia, but a pop-event for the release may have already broke pandemic restrictions, effectively landing the rapper in hot water.

On Tuesday (February 23), Scott held an event behind i-D's "Utopia issue" in West Hollywood, which found fans flocking to a Cactus Jack-branded "newsstand" to grab a copy of the magazine and some exclusive merch, social distancing and mask-wearing be damned.

As TMZ reports, the city of Los Angeles did not issue a permit for Scott's gathering, sharing that L.A.'s department of public works plans to consult with the City Attorney's Office on actions, including potential fines.

As far as the follow-up to 2018's ASTROWORLD, Scott shared in an i-D interview with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez that he has been at work on Utopia in Mexico "for a couple of months now," in a house fittingly "surrounded by cactuses."

Scott kept his cards close to his chest when asked by Rodriguez who he was working with, telling the director, "I never tell people this, and I'm probably going to keep it a secret still, but I'm working with some new people and I'm just trying to expand the sound.

"I've been making beats again, rapping on my own beats, just putting everything together and trying to grow it really. That's been one of the most fun things about working on this album. I'm evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range."

Scott continued: "It's never about repeating myself, I'm just trying to make the next saga…each album is like a saga...I don't feel no pressure, except to keep the fans alive. There's so much more ground I can cover, and I want to cover it, and I love the challenge of it. I want to make a fucking new sound. I might spend days banging my head against a wall trying to figure it out, but once I do it, it's like ultimate ecstasy."

You can read Scott's entire interview with Rodriguez here.

Last year saw Scott draw crowds for his collaboration with McDonald's, a gathering that he was subsequently fined a few hundred dollars for.