Stop Trying to Be God

Album: Astroworld (2017)
Charted: 70 27
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Astroworld's most introspective track, "Stop Trying to Be God" finds Travis Scott delivering two verses about remembering where you came from and not developing a God complex. Kid Cudi and Phillip Bailey croon the hook, while James Blake's melodic vocals bring it all home. Stevie Wonder's harmonica adds the final bells and whistles to the cut.
  • Kid Cudi is Scott's favorite artist of all time and he admitted to MTV that he cried the first time he met the rapper born Scott Mescudi. This song is their fourth collaboration. The pair first worked together on two tracks from Travis' sophomore release Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, "Way Back" and "Through The Late Night." The Houston rapper then appeared on "Baptized in Fire" from Cudi's Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'.
  • The Dave Meyers-directed music video is loaded with Biblical imagery. James Blake, Kid Cudi, Philip Bailey and Stevie Wonder all appear with the Houston rapper in the fire-and-brimstone clip along with his girlfriend Kylie Jenner, who portrays an angel comforting Scott as their house goes up in flames.
  • Travis Scott first hooked up with Stevie Wonder when he did the Motown legend's 16th birthday party. The conversation just started from there and Stevie came by the studio late one evening with his harmonica and played on a bunch of records. This was the one that Travis kept.
  • This song took a year for it all come together as Travis and his producer Mike Dean gradually assembled the track. Dean recalled to The Fader:

    "Travis had the first part done and it just developed. I got a call one day that Stevie was coming to the studio and I was like, 'I'll be right there.' I recorded his harmonica. Like, I never record people very much anymore. I just get somebody else to do that. With Stevie, I'm not gonna switch to someone else."
  • At the Grammy Awards in 2019, Scott performed this with James Blake and members of Earth, Wind & Fire before entering a cage to do "No Bystanders."

Comments: 1

  • Ezra Aldana from Parker ColoradoI am Travis Scott's biggest fan It's Lit
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Frankie Valli

Frankie ValliSong Writing

An interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos.

Gary Lewis

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock Photography

Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock PhotographySong Writing

One of rock's top photographers talks about artistry in photography, raising funds for a documentary, and enjoying a County Fair with Tom Waits.

Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"

Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"They're Playing My Song

With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alan Merrill of The Arrows

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.