Travis Barker - Give The Drummer Some Review
Posted by Bill Wannop on 03.15.2011
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's first hip-hop solo album has been released with appearances from Lil Wayne, Game, Snoop Dogg and more! But is it good enough to score as a hit? 411's Bill Wannop checks in with his full review!
Travis Barker is well known in the world of rock and pop punk due to his work as the drummer for the band Blink-182. Barker has made it known throughout his career that he has had a wealth of influences musically influences and this shows through on his various side products from the rap-rock band The Transplants, to the alternative rock band +44 to his frequent collaborations with DJ AM. However this album is the most outside his comfort zone as Barker jumps full steam into the world of hip-hop on his first solo album Give The Drummer Some. Barker does not rap on the record instead he took care of all the production duties as well as providing the live drums. For the vocals Barker enlisted some of the top names from the world of hip-hop to collaborate. Would appearances from Lil Wayne, Game, Snoop Dogg among others be enough to get the drummer some?
1. "Can a Drummer Get Some?" (featuring Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz & Game)
2. "If U Want To" (featuring Pharrell Williams & Lupe Fiasco)
3. "Carry It" (featuring RZA, Raekwon & Tom Morello)
4. "Knockin" (featuring Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, E-40 & Dev)
5. "Jump Down" (featuring The Cool Kids)
6. "Devil's Got a Hold of Me" (featuring Slaughterhouse)
7. "Let's Go" (featuring Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes & Lil Jon)
8. "Saturday Night" (featuring The Transplants & Slash)
9. "Cool Head" (featuring Kid Cudi)
10. "Raw Shit" (featuring Tech N9ne & Bun B)
11. "Just Chill" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Bun B & Kobe)
12. "Beat Goes On" (featuring Cypress Hill)
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
13. "On My Own" (featuring Corey Taylor)
14. "Don't Fuck With Me" (featuring Paul Wall, Jay Rock & Kurupt)
15. "City of Dreams" (featuring Clipse & Kobe)
16. "Misfits" (featuring Steve Aoki)
The main thing that we should remind everyone about this album is that Travis Barker never raps on the album. Instead he decided to handle the production duties and recruited some of the best in the game to lay down the vocal bars. Barker actually manages to get some big starts, the biggest of which are shown off on the first track “Let the Drummer Get Some” where the Game, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz rap over a tight beat which is laced with drums and guitars during the chorus. The rappers never seem out of place and Swizz Beatz ensures that you will have the hook stuck in your head long after the song is over.
Next up the beat changes perfectly to match the style and flows of Lupe Fiasco, in a track that is probably better then the majority of tracks that made the cut on Lasers. The hits keep coming with help from Wu-Tang members Raekwon and Rza on “Carry it”, which again has a more guitar laced track, that may seem strange for the guests at first listen, but Raekwon and Rza completely destroy the track with their verses, making it another stellar song.
That is not to say that every track is a perfect match of artists and production. I feel that Barker missed the mark on ‘Knockin” which features Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and E40. With the guests on that track you somewhat want a more laid bad G-Funk style beat, instead Barker provides a more radio friendly production backdrop. As well “Devils Got a Hold of Me” is a darker story type track which allows Slaughterhouse to show their lyrical muscle, but for myself Slaughterhouse seems to do best over a track with a lot of energy, so I was somewhat disappointed with their song. As well Barker goes back to his roots a little on the songs “On My Own’ with a full rock scream type track which really makes you check to see that you are still listening to the same album, and definitely does not mesh at all with the rest of the cd.
With the album the good far outweighs the bad with songs like “Let’s Go” which features some great high speed verses from Busta Rhymes, Twista and Yelawolf will likely be heard blaring out of car speakers into the summer, as well as “Raw Shit” with Tech N9ne and Bun B has a mosh pit type feel to it and really gets the blood pumping, while “Beat Goes On” brings back some of that vintage Cypress Hill sound.
In all honesty when I first started listening to the album I thought it was going to be a complete train wreck, however Barker managed to make a fun album which has a ton of replay value. He tailored the beats to each individual guest artist which really makes this album one of the most diverse rap albums. The album was only going to work if the guest actually bought into it with their verses and for the most part they did, with all the artists providing quality verses and nobody just ‘mailing’ it in. Another nice thing about the album is that Barker managed to get artists from all avenues of hip hop to collaborate. He got the mainstream acts in Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, mixed in with the Gangsta acts with Game and Kurupt, as well as some up and coming underground acts like Slaughterhouse and Tech N9ne. All areas of hip-hop is represented on this album which make it that much more impressive.
All in all Travis Barker really impressed me with his production skills and the result is a great album. There are some skippable tracks but for the most part, you can just press play and have an enjoyable listening experience that likely will appeal to a wide range of fans.
The 411: Travis Barker managed to create one of the top albums of the year so far. His production for the most part meshed perfectly with each guest, creating a fun, diverse enjoyable album. While some tracks get the skip treatment the majority should be heard pounding from car speakers into the summer.