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Review: Travis Barker’s “Give The Drummer Some” Gives The Fans Some Too

This morning I woke up to go to work at about 6:00am. The first thing I did was start up my Macbook and iTunes and purchased Travis Barker’s debut solo album. Being a life long Blink 182 fan as well as a fan of The Transplants, Box Car Racer, and +44 (Travis’ side projects), I was teaming with anticipation for this album’s release. Coming in with high expectations, and swirling rumors that “Give The Drummer Some” was just going to be a glorified rap album with live drums, I was really hoping Travis would come through with a complete album from top to bottom that really showcased his talents.

To put it simply, I am completely satisfied, and surprisingly somewhat impressed. We all know that Travis is one of the greatest living drummers on the planet, and we also know his talent is not limited to the Pop/Punk genre that Blink 182 pioneered and reigned over. We’ve seen his remixes of Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” and Drake’s “Forever”, and we’ve heard his collaborations with the late, great DJ/AM (Adam Goldstein), but we’ve never seen what he brings to the table with “Give The Drummer Some”.

Travis Barker

Travis lays it all on the line with this and literally spans the musical spectrum. Obviously he doesn’t sing or rap, and only plays the drums on the album, but his choice of collaborations create a perfect blend of all the forms of music we love. “Give The Drummer Some” literally has something for everyone, you can’t go wrong. From guitar gods Tom Morello and Slash to rap legends Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dog and Cypress Hill. From contemporary rap front runners Lil Wayne, Game, Swizz Beats, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, Raekwon, Rick Ross, RZA and Kid Cudi to EDM God Steve Aoki to name a few. The album runs the gamut of musical diversity, and its not just these artist layering their songs over Travis on the drums. Travis is the creative force behind most of the songs, and is also the producer of the album. Every song pushes the boundaries of music as we know it and include mind blowing solos and an array of different drums. Travis rocks out on his classic five piece kit, on latin percussion instruments, including bongos, and even brings in some marching drums.

As of right now my favorite songs include “Misfits” ft. Steve Aoki, “Cool Head” ft. Kid Cudi, and “Knockin’” ft. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, E-40 & Dev, but I am truly thoroughly impressed by the album in its entirety, and I highly recommend all of you give it a listen. Check it out on iTunes, the Deluxe Version comes with a digital booklet full of original artwork for each song.

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  • Comment by Mikmit posted March 25, 2011 at 01:17

    This album is garbage. Horrid beats along with horrid singing. Neil Pert is one of the greatest living drummers, Travis Barker cannot touch a high-hat to that.