He was born Jacques Webster Jr. in Houston, Texas. Until the age of six he spent a lot of time with his grandma in the hood, where he recalled to Complex magazine he "saw people looking weird, hungry, and grimey." The rapper added, "It gave me my edge."
Webster's mom worked for Apple and his father owned his own business. They lived in Missouri City a middle-class Houston suburb and he lived with them there until he was 19. He said: "Once I moved [to the suburbs] I adapted to where I was growing up. [I adapted to] suburban culture, fresh culture, and diversity. I'm big on diversity. My music is very diverse, I don't want it to ever be typecasted."
Webster was interested in music from an early age and started off playing the drums at age 3, before moving onto piano. His parents paid for lessons for both instruments.
While at the University of Texas, Webster caught the attention of rapper T.I. and producer Mike Dean, known for his work with Kanye West. After he dropped out to pursue rap full-time, T.I. brought the young artist on to his Grand Hustle imprint, ultimately getting him signed with Epic, his first major-label deal.
Webster's performing moniker Travis Scott is an ode to his favorite uncle (Travis was his name and Scott was a nickname). "He was like my favorite uncle. My favorite relative," Scott told Grantland
of his uncle. "I looked up to him and s---. . . That n---- was just smart. Always made good decisions, good business decisions."
In November 2012 Scott signed a deal with Kanye West's GOOD Music, as part of its production wing Very GOOD Beats, after appearing on "Sin City" a track from the label's 2012 compilation album Cruel Summer. Many people heard Scott for the first time on "Sin City" as Cruel Summer was one of the biggest records of the year.
"La Flame" Travis Scott's nickname, is derived from his 2013 song, "Blocka La Flame."
The musician cites M.I.A, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, T.I. and Tame Impala as influences on his music. Scott revealed to MTV that he cried the first time he met Kid Cudi.
Scott has been connected to a host of celebrity beauties including Rihanna and model Karrueche Tran. He began dating reality television star Kylie Jenner in the spring of 2017. On February 1, 2018, Jenner gave birth to their first child, daughter Stormi Webster.