Release Date: Mar 15, 2011
Record label: Interscope
Blink-182 sticksman debuts his solo project with a little help from some friends... Being such an influential rock drummer, it’s hard not to approach this expecting more of a crossover sound, but treat Travis Barker’s debut like an eclectic hip-hop record and it won’t disappoint. With understated instrumental sampling, this shows Barker’s talents at their strongest, with his innovative beats and fills built on by countless guest vocalists and instrumentalists, including Pharrell, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Tom Morello, Cypress Hill and Lupe Fiasco.
When Travis Barker announced that he was working on a Hip Hop album, he faced skeptical reactions and varied expectations. After all, Barker made his name behind the drum kit, working with bands like Blink-182, The Aquabats and The Transplants. So when this announcement was made, it was difficult not to be a skeptic. However, he demonstrated a genuine appreciation for the culture and soon assembled an impressive list of cosigners and collaborators working with artists like T.I.
In 1999, the idea that the guy who played drums on Enema of the State would be producing hip-hop tracks with one of the kids from the Hot Boys was an outlandish one at best. Somewhere along the line, though, Travis Barker has risen from the rank and file of punk drummers to become a musical jack-of-all-trades, doing everything from rap remixes to performing at the CMAs. With his ever-growing reputation, it’s no surprise that his solo album, Give the Drummer Some, features a veritable galaxy of hip-hop stars.
Does anyone recall the big Carlos Santana craze a long while back? When the nine Grammy-winning, guest-heavy Santana atom bomb Supernatural hit radios — complete with collaborations from Rob Thomas, to Dave Matthews, to former House of Pain member Everlast — we officially began partying in 1999. It was infectious, seductive, and everywhere you turned; for better or worse, this was the tip of an iceberg that didn’t dissipate until around the time Mr. Santana dropped a track with Chad Kroeger.