Hip-hop superstars are renowned for splashing their cash on the high-life party scene. But Missouri rapper and producer Travis Scott’s reported spending spree for a bash in April 2018 was a little different. Apparently, the partner of Kylie Jenner picked up the florist’s tab for the centerpieces, which took pride of place at a family celebration for the couple’s two-month-old-daughter. The Grammy-nominated artist may not have splurged on Courvoisier and Cristal, but the reputed price tag of more than $7,000 was indicative of a heavy-duty champagne lifestyle.
Born Jacques Webster in Houston, Texas, in 1992, but raised in Missouri City, Scott began his hip-hop career as a producer. He first showcased his rap talents in duos The Graduates and The Classmates while at the University of Texas in San Antonio, but eventually dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams. After months of to-ing and fro-ing between New York, Houston and Los Angeles, Scott eventually settled in the City of Angels. It would be here that he met his most important collaborators – both professionally and personally…
After connecting with Kanye West and T.I., Scott landed an in-house producer role at GOOD Music, guesting on the label’s 2012 sampler, Cruel Summer. Featuring contributions from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Toro y Moi, Scott’s first mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, eventually arrived in 2013. The compilation went on to pick up a Best Mixtape nomination at the BET Hip Hop Awards later that same year.
Scott released a second mixtape, Days Before Rodeo, in 2014, and embarked on a star-studded tour which saw him hailed as one of contemporary rap’s wildest performers. Spawning the hit single “Antidote,” his critically acclaimed full-length debut album, Rodeo, peaked at number three in the U.S the following year. Scott also found time in this period to guest on tracks by Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Calvin Harris, Kanye West and Young Thug. Meanwhile, he occupied the producer’s chair for Drake, Madonna and Rihanna among others.
Scott’s individual winning streak continued with his curiously titled Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight in 2016. Boasting appearances from Kid Cudi, André 3000 and Kendrick Lamar, the recording topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 53,000. Thanks to the success of singles “Pick up the Phone” and “Goosebumps,” it eventually achieved platinum status. In addition, Scott was listed as a nominee for Album of the Year at the Grammys for his work on Justin Bieber’s Purpose album.
And in 2017 the rapper was nominated in his own right for the Best Rap/Sung Performance Grammy, thanks to his “Love Galore” collaboration with SZA. Since then Scott has lent his various talents to tracks by Drake, Kris Wu and Trippie Redd. He also released a collaborative album with hip-hop trio Quavo titled Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. This reached number three on the U.S. album charts and produced no fewer than seven hit singles. Scott’s third solo work, Astroworld, is due to hit stores in the summer of 2018.
Nevertheless, Scott has subsequently become just as famous for his love life as his many skills in the studio. The rapper became a tabloid favorite in spring 2017 when he began dating reality TV star Kylie Jenner. The pair first sparked rumors in April when they were spotted together at Californian music festival Coachella, and then the couple were caught court-side at an NBA game in Houston. Just a few months later, the lovebirds got corresponding tiny butterfly ankle tattoos.
After months of fevered online speculation that she had fallen pregnant, Jenner confirmed on February 4, 2018, that she was indeed with Scott’s child. In fact, by that point the 20-year-old had actually already given birth to a daughter, Stormi Webster. Jenner revealed on Instagram that she had decided to keep the pregnancy on the down-low to reduce the risk of high stress levels.
Later the same day, the proud dad took to Twitter to express his joy at the new arrival. With a reference to Stormi’s birthdate, the rapper wrote, “2.1.18. 4 ever. New rager in town!!!” When asked about his baby daughter by a paparazzi photographer on leaving an L.A. nightclub later in February, Scott gushed, “She’s beautiful.”
The butterfly couple were first seen out and about in public after becoming parents at the end of the month at a Nobu eaterie in Malibu. And the pair certainly rolled up to the branch of the high-end Japanese chain restaurant in style, arriving in a Ferrari LaFerrari worth $1.4 million. Apparently, Scott had gifted the vehicle to Jenner as a “push-present,” and his celebratory spending did not end there.
Indeed, just two months after her birth, Stormi was treated to an extravagant welcoming party, partly paid for by her father. Scott’s mother had the idea as a way of introducing the tot to the rest of the Webster family in Missouri. And the bash even had a weather-centric theme in honor of the baby’s first name.
Ma Webster may have been the organizer and host, but it was Scott himself who took care of the bill for the party’s wow factor. According to the online celebrity news source TMZ, the rapper forked out thousands of dollars on floral arrangements. And, of course, these centerpieces all tied in with the weather theme.
Apparently, these included six floral stands and sculptures, all of which shot flowered lightning bolts through various other blooms, including orchids, hydrangeas and roses. The designs featured raindrops in the arrangements and – here’s the twist – each one was a Swarovski crystal. The total cost is said to have been an eye-watering $7,145.
Several photos from the party later emerged via social media. One particularly cute picture on Instagram featured Scott’s beaming brother, Joshua, cradling his young niece in his arms. “So happy to finally hold my beautiful Stormi,” read the caption, which also included a storm cloud and purple-heart emoji.
The party was staged at the Missouri City home that Scott bought as a Christmas present for his mom and dad. Alongside the rapper’s extended family, Jenner was reportedly also at the celebration. But the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, including the heavily pregnant Khloe, appeared to have given it a miss.
Needless to say, the party wasn’t the first time that the extravagant Scott had spent a fortune on floral favors. In March 2018, the 25-year-old had sent Jenner bundles of pink flowers to celebrate Stormi’s all-important one-month milestone. In fact, there were so many blooms that they covered the entire hallway of Jenner’s expansive home.
And Scott also said it with flowers immediately after Stormi entered the world. Indeed, Jenner posted on Snapchat that the rapper had sent her a whopping 443 roses after she had given birth. The number represented the exact time of Stormi’s arrival, 4:43 p.m. on the first day of February.
In addition, the weather-related Missouri City celebration was not even the first time that Stormi had graced an extravagant party. Her mother had hosted a celebratory Easter bash in L.A. for her family and friends just the week previously. Jenner posted several pictures from the event, including an adorable snap of Stormi wearing a pastel pink bow outfit.
However, Jenner’s maternal instincts were called into question shortly after when she was spotted at Coachella 2018 in mid-April. Many social media users blasted the new mom after word got out about her presence. Jenner and Scott kept relatively quiet over the weekend, but she did upload a Snapchat photo of herself at the festival. She captioned it, “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”
Just a few days later, Jenner and Scott risked another Twitter Stormi after they left the newborn at home again. Almost a year to the day, mom and dad recreated their very first date back at a Houston basketball game. But what a 12 months it had been for the couple. A source told the entertainment website E!, “Things really came full circle once Stormi was born, and they now have an unbreakable bond. Travis has been fully accepted into the family, and everyone is in love with their little family they created.”