[Review] Travis Barker's "Give The Drummer Some" Listening Party, Q&A Session, Track List

travis sitting 385 [Review] Travis Barker's "Give The Drummer Some" Listening Party, Q&A Session, Track List

Last night, I got an email that left me pretty stoked. It was an invite to a private listening party for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Travis Barker[/lastfm]’s forthcoming album Give The Drummer Some, due March 15th.

Across the street from Interscope Records, tucked behind a warehouse in Santa Monica, there’s a private studio that looks like it’s used for rehearsals, the kind a band would use before they head out on tour. I was ushered into a small room filled with about 20 other people.

Travis entered the room and thanked everyone for coming out. He went right over to the DJ booth and hit play on the new album.

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TRACK LIST

  1. “Can the Drummer Get Some” ft. Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz & The Game
  2. “If You Want To” ft. Pharell & Lupe Fiasco
  3. “Carry It” ft. RZA, Raekwon & Tom Morello
  4. “Knockin'” ft. Snoop Doog, Ludacris, E-40 & Dev
  5. “Jump Down” ft. Cool Kids
  6. “Devil’s Got A Hold of Me” ft. Slaughterhouse
  7. “Let’s Go” ft. Lil Jon, Busta Rhymes, Twista & Yelawolf
  8. “Saturday Night” ft. The Transplants & Slash
  9. “Cool Head” ft. Kid Cudi
  10. “Raw Sh*t” ft. Tech N9ne & Bun B
  11. “Just Chill” ft. Beanie Sigal, Bun B & Kobe
  12. “Beat Goes On” ft. Cypress Hill
  13. “On My Own” ft. Corey Taylor (Deluxe Edition Only)
  14. “Don’t F*ck With Me” ft. Paul Wall, Jay Rock & Korrupt (Deluxe Edition Only)
  15. “City of Dreams” ft. The Clipse & Kobe (Deluxe Edition Only)
  16. “Misfits” ft. Steve Aoki (Deluxe Edition Only)

PAGE 2 Reviewing the album track by track

TRACK BY TRACK

1. Can The Drummer Get Some” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Game[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil’ Wayne[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick Ross[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Swizz Beatz[/lastfm]

Notes: First single from the album. This one has been all over the internet. Hopefully you’ve heard it before.

2. If You Want To” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lupe Fiasco[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pharel[/lastfm]

Notes: More drum heavy than “Can A Drummer Get Some.” Features [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lupe Fiasco[/lastfm] rapping ridiculously fast (for Lupe Fiasco). [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pharell[/lastfm] chimes in on the hook and overall the song has a really fun beat.

3. Carry It” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]RZA[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Raekwon[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom Morello[/lastfm]

Notes: Tom Morello always kills it. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]RZA[/lastfm] keeps the song sounding ‘dirty’ like classic Wu Tang. The end of the song has a pretty gnarly solo from Mr. Morello.

4. Knockin” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ludacris[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]E-40[/lastfm]

Notes: The bassline in this song literally was blurring my vision because it was hitting so hard. Snoop opens it up with a pretty dope verse, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dev[/lastfm], the girl from “Like A G-6,” is there to hop on the hooks. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ludacris[/lastfm] is a nice follow up to Snoop, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]E-40[/lastfm] following up both of those guys works really well. Although there isn’t as much percussion in this song, it’s still a banger.

5. Jump Down” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cool Kids[/lastfm]

Notes: 3-D video released for this track. Kind of forgetful in comparison with the rest of the album.

6. Devil’s Got A Hold of Me” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Slaughterhouse[/lastfm]

Notes: Best song on the album. Crazy drumline intro with super fast snares and high hats. Not only does this song have the coolest beat, but the members of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Slaughterhouse[/lastfm] killed the verses. If you didn’t know, Slaughterhouse is a hip hop super group made up of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Royce da 5’9″[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Crooked I[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Budden[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joell Ortiz[/lastfm].

7. Let’s Go” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Jon[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Busta Rhymes[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Twista[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yelawolf[/lastfm]

Notes: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Jon[/lastfm] doing his thing, bringing the “Let’s Go’ hook back. The rhyming in this song is incredible, with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Busta Rhymes[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Twista[/lastfm], and relative newcomer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yelawolf[/lastfm] all spitting so fast that you can barely understand them. There’s a cool drum outro to this song too.

8. Saturday Night” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Transplants[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Slash[/lastfm]

Notes: Tim Armstrong was a relieving to me (as a rock fan), but the song itself isn’t that heavy. With [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Slash[/lastfm] providing guitar, it actually sounds more like Carlos Santana more than his signature Slash rifs. With it’s Spanish feel, the song sounds great and is super catchy.

9. Cool Head” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kid Cudi[/lastfm]

Notes: This song had a slow, trippy beat featuring a conga drum in the intro. It’s much slower than the rest of the album so far, but it has that feel that the slow rhythm allowing Travis to beat the hell out of his kit. Another song with a cool outro as well.

10.  Raw Shit” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tech N9ne[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bun B[/lastfm]

Notes: Tech N9ne is another fast rapper, and Bun B had a solid verse. Another song that didn’t stick in my head too well. Worth another listen before I come down too hard on it.

11. Just Chill” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beanie Sigal[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bun B[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kobe[/lastfm]

Notes: Slowest song of the album. Not really a fan of slow songs or Beanie Sigal, but thankfully, Bun B was there to hold it together.

12. Beat Goes On” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cypress Hill[/lastfm]

Notes: Another match made in heaven, Travis and Cypress Hill. Sounds a little similar to “Rise Up,” but I could see this one perhaps getting some spins here on the ROQ.

EXTENDED VERSION TRACKS

13. On My Own” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Corey Taylor[/lastfm]

Notes: The only true rock song of the album. Corey Taylor kills his parts and you can hear the chemistry between the two.

14. Don’t Fuck With Me” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay Rock[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Wall[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Korrupt[/lastfm]

Notes: This track has that old sckool LA/west coast vibe all over it. Paul Wall’s verse isn’t anything special, but Jay Rock and Korrupt represent the LA style well.

15. City Of Dreams” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Clipse[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kobe[/lastfm]

Notes: Thick drum & bass style.

16. Misfits” ft. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steve Aoki[/lastfm]

Notes: Crazy electro track featuring Aoki singing/screaming.

PAGE 3 Travis answers questions.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS WITH TRAVIS

What was your creative process when putting together the record?

Lots of time in the studio, lots of time with my MPC on the bus while I’m on tour, just being creative.

When you made the tracks, did you have some of the artists in mind already or how did those collaborations come about?

My first single “Can A Drummer Get Some” was created and then the next day after I made the beat I just happened to be with Swizz Beatz and Game. Some of the stuff was like if somebody was in town or maybe I’d just done something for them and they were going to give me something back. It was trading a lot of favors.

Out of all those collaborations, which one would you say is your favorite or most memorable?

[pullquote quote=”Game’s always a riot at the studio, it’s always a good time.”]They were all good. It was cool when RZA came in to do “Carry It.” I thought he was just going to come in and rap and he came in with a guitar and jammed on a guitar, so that was really cool and refreshing. Game’s always a riot at the studio, it’s always a good time. Everyone really, everyone was so cool in a different way and it was an experience to have them on the record.

You have several different styles of hip hop on the record, was that intentional?

I listen to it all. I’m not really stuck to a genre or I just don’t like the South or am stuck on the West coast. I come in contact with a ton of different parts of rap so I’ve always kind of left it wide open.

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Media clamoring to get photos.

I heard some Public Enemy influences, can you talk about what they mean to you?

[pullquote quote=”I didn’t have anything to do with the verses. I had such great MC’s and talent on there and I liked what they did so I didn’t really tell them ‘oh what about this.'”]Yeah man, Public Enemy changed things back in the day and I grew up on it. Run DMC, all that stuff was a big influence.

On “Devil’s Got A Hold Of Me,” you’ve got a marching band drumline intro, is that a nod to Fontana High School?

Oh for sure, I was definitely in the marching band. In my house and studio there are tons of marching snares. I thought it’d be natural, you know a lot of the intros and outros on the album is all just marching drums and me doing track after track.

PAGE 4 Questions and answers continued.

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Barker answering questions

What’s been the response from the rock community? Obviously you come from Blink and the Aquabats, has it been a positive response?

Who is the rock community? And how would I get a hold of them [laughs]. I don’t know, people might look at the album and say “Where’s the punk rock music on it?” but I feel like I do so much of that with the other bands I’m already in.. why would I do that on my own? It’d almost be disrespectful to Skinhead Rob or Tim from the Transplants or Mark and Tom from Blink. I wouldn’t do that, that’d be like me going on a solo venture where this is a whole new genre.

You brought in Cory Taylor and Slash and those guys too.

Yeah, I mean there’s rock on there it’s just in a different… I mean it’s Morello with Wu Tang. They used to tour together back in the day so it’s not like unnatural or whatever. And then Corey Taylor, I’ve always loved Slipknot and always been a fan of him. He’s a great musician.

Was there anyone on the album that you didn’t get to collaborate with that didn’t happen due to scheduling or something like that?

[pullquote quote=”I was raised on him, my dad was a huge Willie Nelson fan.”]Yeah, Willie Nelson. That would have been dope but I think he was a little skeptical or something. But I wanted to do something really cool with him. I was raised on him, my dad was a huge Willie Nelson fan.

Did you approach him?

Yeah, I was talking back and forth to his manager like it almost happened at one point…I was gonna drive in a bus out there  and like show him the tracks that I thought he could be on, but it just didn’t pan out.

How hard has it been for you to create this lane for yourself as a solo drummer being able to put out a record?

I never set out to create a lane really. After Blink broke up and the Transplants broke up I was a solo musician. I spent 6 years playing with AM and just during that time I think everything was just heavily rooted in hip hop music and electronic music. It was just natural for me.

[pullquote quote=”I had no idea Blink would ever get back together.”]I had no idea Blink would ever get back together, that was the reason this album got started. It wasn’t me just sitting around going “man I want to do a solo album and screw all the rad bands I’m in ya know? At the time I wasn’t in a band. I was just trying to find a way to continue making music.


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Comments

One Comment

  1. Gecko Garcia says:

    is this the guy in the boost mobile commercial?

    1. Chris says:

      Yes it is.

  2. Andrew Becerra says:

    Man i want travis to take a peak at My drummer. But I congratulate him with his new album, so what, is it like back to Blink 182!?? hahaha! Go Travis!

  3. chris says:

    feel like u gave a great review of the record. I like rap but not the biggest rap fan, with that being said im excited to check this out. Chester from linkin park was supposed to be on this. Kinda bummed he’s not

  4. mike curran says:

    so stoked to hear
    “Devil’s Got A Hold of Me”
    Slaughterhouse is the shit

    album of the year
    hands down

  5. Bo says:

    the Transplants and Slash track could be awesome

  6. Daniel says:

    Oh noes! It’s cypress hill! INSANE IN DA MEMBRANEEEEEEEEEEE

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