Happy birthday Travis Scott! 5 things the Houston rapper has done for his hometown and beyond

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019 file photo, Travis Scott performs during Day 2 of Music Midtown in Atlanta. In April 2021, Scott was honored for his work as one of five recipients of the inaugural RAD impact awards. Scott plans to give several scholarships to HBCU students with the funds. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File) (Paul R. Giunta, Invision)

HOUSTON – Houston rapper Travis Scott turns 29 on Friday!

The “Sicko Mode” star, whose real name is Jacques Bermon Webster II poured so much love for his hometown of Houston by delivering his philanthropic efforts and bringing his sold-out “Astroworld” music festival to NRG Park.

The rapper was born and raised in the South Park neighborhood in Houston and attended Elkins High School.

Here are five things the Houston rapper has done for H-Town and beyond:

1. He brought back Astroworld as a music festival

In 2018, Travis Scott blew his fans away with a music festival dedicated to the beloved Houston theme park, which closed down in 2005. Enlisting artists such as Post Malone, Young Thug and Lil’ Wayne, Astroworld Festival was well-received by Houstonians and out-of-town visitors and is well-known to sell out tickets within a day without a lineup announcement.

The festival will make a return November 5-6, with the first time the festival expands to two days due to overwhelming demand.

2. He created his own spiked seltzer

Fans of spiked seltzer such as White Claw and Truly will love Cacti, created by Scott himself in partnership with Anheuser-Busch. The seltzer became so popular, it was sold out during the first day of the release, with fans having a hard time finding the beverage.

3. He donated 55,000 meals to victims of the Texas freeze

Scott partnered with his foundation, The Cactus Jack Foundation, to help donate 55,000 meals to his hometown residents in Houston during February’s brutal freeze, People reported. He worked with the City of Houston to identify 30 high-risk zip codes in the Houston area to deliver assistance to residents in need.

4. He’s dedicated to his hometown (and recognized for it)

Mayor Sylvester Turner honored the Houston rapper with a proclamation in 2018 for hosting the first-ever Astroworld festival at NRG Park and for his dedication for his hometown.

“I love you all and thank you, Mayor. I’m going to make this my goal to come back and deliver every time,” Scott said in 2018.

5. He is helping students get into HBCUs with scholarships from Cactus Jack Foundation

Travis Scott told the Associated Press in an interview he launched the Waymon Webster scholarship to cover tuition fees to deserving students attending an HBCU. The scholarship was named in honor of his grandfather, who was dean of Prairie View A&M’s graduate school, according to the Cactus Jack Foundation.

He received a RAD Impact Award for his ongoing philanthropic efforts with the Cactus Jack Foundation.


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