When I think of a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Travis Barker[/lastfm], resiliency, tenacity, and an open-mind are a few buzzwords that come to mind. So it’s no surprise that his talents have extended passed the typical modes of rock n’ roll. Notoriously recognized as the super-drummer from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink-182[/lastfm], some rock purists are having a hard time accepting Barker’s segue and growth amongst the hip-hop community.
Let’s just say Barker’s response was about as unfiltered and “punk-rock” as you can get.
Artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil’ Wayne[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm] have all collaborated with Travis Barker in recent memory, broadening the drummer’s hip-hop repertoire that already included rap-rock troupe the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Transplants[/lastfm]. Having already endured criticism from marginalized music fans for his work with the Transplants, you can imagine the volume of derogatory spats that came across Barker after his most recent work.
“I got people who were mad when I played the Grammys with Wayne, Drake, and Eminem. They’ll be like, ‘Stop playing this rap s**t!’. It’s like, f**k you, man! Open up your ears, you Nazi b*****d. Don’t be so closed-minded.”
Barker even added the hip-hop community may be his preference, “It seems like I have more in common – or hit it off better – with rappers than fools that are in rock music.”
Whether you think Barker’s response is brutal or not, you gotta say the man knows how to flash his punk-rock roots when he needs to. Personally, it would take a Gibson-like meltdown before I lost an ounce of respect for the man.
Read our own review of Travis Barker’s album, including comments from Bean. Don’t worry Travis, KROQ’s got your back.
Give the Drummer Some dropped Tuesday (March 15th), and you can download it via Amazon here.