While the title of Travis Scott‘s sophomore album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight gives tribute to legendary R&B crooner Brian McKnight, the LP does not actually feature Brian as a featured guest. However, recently, fans were greeted with an Instagram video Scott dropped of the two artists together. Captioned “B*tch U Broke MY Heart,” McKnight performs his 1993 hit “One Last Cry” while Scott leans on a white piano next to some caged birds. This isn’t the first time McKnight has showcased his comedic side: in 2012, he dropped a sexually explicit song titled “If Ur Ready to Learn (How Your P*ssy Works)” and in 2014, appeared on the ESPYs with Drake to perform a song/skit about sidepieces. Brian now reveals exactly how he linked up with Travis and how everything went down.
“You know I wish I had some awesome story to tell you but I don’t. I have a 17-year-old stepdaughter and she’s in high school, a senior. For a while, since Quavo had said this whole birds in the trap thing with my name in it, I’m trying to figure out what it is because these kids have a whole different way of speaking and interacting and I’m an old man. I have no idea what’s going on, but I know that she gets excited every time they play it at the football games, and that whole thing. Cut to Thursday, I get a call from Travis’s people saying, ‘Hey we want to shoot this video.’ Now normally, this isn’t something that I would do, but I’ve been hearing this thing getting hyped up for quite some time. Well, I don’t want to be the guy that’s like, ‘Ahh, the old guy didn’t want to do the thing with the young guy,’ so I went and showed up and did it. Now we see what’s happening today and it’s like, who knew? [laughs] I had no idea. When I spoke to Travis — they have these sayings that are making fun of someone, and I said, “I’m not going to be in this video if you’re making fun of me.” He was like, ‘No no no, we’re big fans,’ so that’s cool.”