Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. considers Houston his home, having lived there from 2005 when his family was displaced from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina all the way until 2013 when he left for prep school in Nevada. For Oubre, the Houston connection runs deep.
It's a big reason why he admires rapper Travis Scott, a chart-topping artist who hails from Missouri City, Texas where Oubre once lived. They went to nearby schools in Ft. Bend; Oubre to George Bush High School and Scott to Elkins High School. Scott was known as Jacques Webster, Jr. at the time.
Oubre, who considers 'Butterfly Effect,' 'Uptown' and 'Yeah, Yeah' among his favorite songs, can name all the deep cuts from Scott's discography.
"I go back all the way down to his first albums," Oubre said.
But it's about more than the music for Oubre. He sees Scott as a style icon of sorts and someone he even emulates on the basketball court.
Just let him explain. Oubre listens to Scott's music before games including his new album with Quavo of Migos called 'Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho.'
Oubre has watched concerts of Scott on Instagram and YouTube. He loves the energy he brings to the stage.
"Go watch his performance online. He gets the crowd into it. He's screaming at the crowd. He's a real rock star with it. He's got a flavor, too," Oubre said.
Oubre has been known to scream to the crowd after a big dunk or after drawing an offensive foul. That, you could say, comes from Scott.
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Scott puts more emphasis on his live performances than most rappers. Many of his concerts feature mosh pits, which are unusal for the genre.
Scott described his concert style to MTV back in 2015. What he said was pretty out there, but very much a connection to Houston.
"It all extends from the rodeo based out of Houston. I kind of wanted make something similar to that in a way as far as the animals," he said. "I just kind of wanted to bring a lot of the kids and turn [them] into animals. Create the real-life circus for like the kids, a playground."
Okay, perhaps he lost you there. But Oubre feels he can channel that energy. As he told Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington over the summer, Scott has influence on his fashion which also ties into his play on the court.
"I think I'm a rock star. That's how I kind of go about it," he said. "My game kind of represents my fashion, just going hard, raging and screaming to the crowd and all that stuff. I was a rapper, I would be Travis Scott. Just know that."
To hear more from Oubre on Travis Scott and other subjects like his dogs, burner Twitter accounts and taunts from fans, check out our interview with him on the Wizards Tipoff podcast:
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