The album’s title is named after Six Flags Astroworld, a popular, but now closed Houston amusement park. The amusement park was demolished in 2005 and nothing has replaced it.
Travis explained it’s true meaning in an interview with GQ:
“That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.”
Travis announced the title of his album in May 2016 and released “Watch” featuring Lil Uzi and Kanye West. Despite the pomp and circumstance of that single, Travis’ other single “Butterfly Effect” made the album.
As you saw all over social media, at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, Minute Maid Park in Houston and in New York’s Times Square, promotional inflatable Travis heads were popping up.
The inflatable head was the centerpiece of the artwork on Scott’s album cover.
“Astroworld” cover art:
Travis’ inspiration for the album:
“It might be the best music that I made. I have two records on the album that are like, man, they are the best. They tore down ‘AstroWorld’ to build more apartment space in 2005.”
“That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back, we want the building back, that’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.”