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Travis Scott Is the First Celebrity Since Michael Jordan to Get McDonald’s Meal Named After Him

Plus, Taco Bell is slashing its menu again, and more news to start your day

Travis Scott, wearing a black t-shirt, is illuminated by red stage lights as he performs at a music festival. Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images for Live Nation
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

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McDonald’s is going through it right now, so it’s probably with great excitement that the chain announced a partnership with rapper Travis Scott. From September 8 until October 4, McDonald’s will be serving the Please Millennials and Gen Z, Take Some Interest in Us Meal “Travis Scott Meal,” which consists of a quarter pounder with cheese, bacon and lettuce, a Sprite, and fries with BBQ sauce. According to CNN, it’s the first time a celebrity has had his name on a menu item since the McJordan in the 90s.

Scott is at least the third rapper to get into the food game recently. Tyga launched TYGA BITES, a “celebrity-owned virtual dining concept,” aka chicken nuggets you order through Grubhub. And in Chicago, Wiz Khalifa is opening HotBox by Wiz, a delivery-only restaurant with things like “Mac and Yellow” mac and cheese. Both Scott and McDonald’s are reportedly “searching for charities to support during the month-long promotion,” though none have been announced yet.

And in other news...

  • Brad Pitt’s new Champagne house will only make rosé Champagne. [F&W]
  • After getting rid of its beloved potatoes earlier this year, Taco Bell is slashing menu items again, this time getting rid of the Mexican Pizza, pico de gallo, and shredded chicken. [ABC7]
  • Donald Trump is putting campaign letters in the USDA Food Boxes, which might be illegal.[Politico]
  • Also, many food bank managers are calling the Food Box program an inefficient use of surplus food, that could have cost less and served more people. [NPR]
  • Papa John’s is really trying to insist pineapple pizza is controversial. [The Takeout]
  • The joy of watching hobbyist bakers make less-than-perfect cakes. [Vice]