07/28/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
“Butterfly Effect” is a song by American rapper Travis Scott. It was released to digital retailers on May 15, 2017, through Epic Records. The song was written by the rapper and Shane Lindstrom, with production handled by Felix Leone and Murda Beatz.
During a performance in Portsmouth, Virginia on May 4, 2017, Scott hinted at the release of new music in a freestyle. Scott can be heard saying: “Dropping new music in a few days. Bout to go crazy for a few days.” The song was released alongside two other songs from Scott on SoundCloud, including “A Man” and “Green & Purple”, which featured American rapper Playboi Carti.
Lawrence Burney of Vice magazine said: “‘Butterfly Effect’ is textbook slurred Scott number, with backing vocals that sounds eerily similar to Migos’ ‘Slippery.'” Madeline Roth of MTV said the song is “hazy” and “low-key”. Similarly, Tom Breihan of Stereogum said: “‘Butterfly Effect’ is low-key and melodic, with some sharp production from Drake collaborator Murda Beatz.”
The music video was released on July 13, 2017 via Travis Scott’s VEVO channel. It was directed by BRTHR, who also directed the video to Scott’s “Goosebumps”.