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Travis Barker has led one of the most interesting and storied careers as an artist, from his humble beginnings as drummer for Blink 182 to performing with DJ AM at different spots on the globe. Tragedy struck Barker in 2008, after surviving a Lear Jet plane crash alongside DJ AM, while four others died. DJ AM would be found dead less than a year later, with rumors suggesting post-traumatic stress syndrome induced drug-overdose as the culprit. As Barker heals from the events of the last few years, he looks to solidify his place as a solo artist with Give The Drummer Some.

A compilation album that features Travis providing the breaks for many of your favorite emcees, Give The Drummer Some shows a side of Barker’s music previously only seen at live performances. Anyone that has witnessed this in the flesh at the live performances can attest to the amazing product that is delivered when Travis beats the drums while the DJ cuts and the emcee rocks it. But how does it translate to disc?

The album kicks off with “Can A Drummer Get Some”, a packed posse cut that features verses from The Game, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, and Swizz Beatz. While each of the emcees does their thing, Travis clearly takes the spotlight here, with his aggressive style of production, which permeates the entire LP. While this is cool at first, it does begin to take it’s toll at times, with many tracks sounding indistinguishable from one another. While the appearances from RZA and Raekwon on “Carry It”, Cypress Hill on “Beat Goes On”, or Bun B and Tech N9ne on “Raw Sh*t” are all dope, each of these tracks have a hard time carving out their own identities. On the solo tip, strangely the usually reliable Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi each deliver passable tracks with “If You Want To” and “Cool Head”, respectively.

There are some greater standout moments within the LP, however. Slaughterhouse’s brooding “Devil’s Got A Hold Of Me” travels into dark territory, getting more depraved as the beat goes on. The Cool Kids also shine here, with their sly jacking of Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want” on “Jump Down”. The crown jewel however is “Let’s Go”, a Lil’ Jon propelled quadruple-time banger, finding Busta Rhymes, Twista, and Yelawolf competing for the fastest bars.

While all the right rappers are employed here, truthfully the chemistry between themselves and Barker’s beats is rarely spot on. Many of these guys are out of their element here, so the sound we might be used to hearing them on isn’t present, leaving a weird taste in the mouth. While it is clear that this LP runs rampant with strong lyrics and true talent in Barker’s drumming, ultimately the execution is what keeps it from being a runaway smash.

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7 Responses to "Travis Barker – “Give The Drummer Some” – @@@ (Review)"
  • McNulty says:

    /Thread jack
    What is, in your opinion the most underrated rap album of all time?
    Personally, I’d go with Smif-N-Wessun’s “Dah Shinin.” The thing is just chock full of perfect beats from Da Beatminerz. The lyrics are understated, but damn good none the less. The lyrics are like a fine wine in that they are subtle, and require repeated listens to fully appreciate.
    “Blaka, there’s my alarm clock a shot
    emptied out the click of a hooded kid’s glock.”

  • Well unfortunately for Travis Barker the age of the dope compilations died after Dj Clue’s “The Professional” hahaha after that album every compilation has been plagued with bad match ups whether its the beats or the artist doing a guest spot…maybe a Travis Barker/ The Cool Kids album wouldve been a better idea…im just sayin tho…

  • TomL says:

    Definitely a weird album… I had a hard time remembering the individual tracks. Slaughterhouse did get a cool beat, nice to hear RZA again… what’s up with “saturday night” though… hmmm

  • Parisiano says:

    i don’t think this album will do great but i do like the direction its taking and the concept of the album.
    what the album does bring is a different type of sound and is great for live performances.. what makes the music is imagining travis playin.. adds a whole dif dimension to the sound

  • Skins says:

    @ HHS – this album is crap.

    @ McNulty – threadjack approved. I agree and disagree regarding Dah Shinin, I agree that it’s incredible, but I think it got an appropriate amount of burn/shine when it got released. I mean, it didn’t sell that well, but for the most part nothing in 94/95 did. The Source played themselves giving it 3 mics, but true heads were all over it. When I think underrated I think of albums like:
    -The Boogiemonsters “Riders of the Storm: The Underwater Album”
    -Nine – Nine Livez
    -Smooth the Hustler – Once Upon A Time in America

    And so on…

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