When Travis Barker gave a sampling of his upcoming album, Give The Drummer Some, many people were left wanting more. Barker’s collaboration with Raekwon and The RZA, “Carry It”, proved that he has what it takes to make a record that has a rock-n-roll beat along with compelling verses from some of hip-hops best. Jay-Z and Linkin Park found success with their collaboration project, Collision Course, but it was based on already established tunes and lyrics. Barker set out to create a wholly original album with more than a dozen rap artists where he would provide grandiose drumbeats and solos. The first official single off of the album proves once again that he is headed down the right track.
“Boom, guess who stepped in the room/dressed in black diamonds like a f-cking monsoon/back from the dead but they never found my killer/so I jumped up out this grave like Michael in Thriller…”
The Game’s verse is lyrically the weakest, but the production behind it is really well done on Barkers part. Barker comes in with a round on the drum kit after Game raps, “yeah, give a drummer some,” which reminds us the focus of this album is Barker’s production and the beats he makes with his percussion instruments and guitar. The musical effect where the beat escalates after each bar of Game’s raps is really well done and flows smoothly into the hook.
“She on Wayne, but she ain’t what I be on/I’m Leon, I pee on you pee-ons for eons/I’m in my prime like Deion/Im’a shine like neon/I’m a lion like Leon…”
Lil Wayne wasn’t kidding when he said he was going all out after he was done with his jail time. There have been multiple high-profile tracks that have dropped with tight post-jail verses from Wayne. This, along with music releasing that he recorded before his sentence, and then the release of his first single, has given Wayne the momentum he needed going into 2011. His verse on Barker’s track is another great effort; Wayne is in high spirits and lyrically at the top of his game. What’s most interesting about Lil Wayne’s feature on the track is his history with the rap/rock genre. Wayne released his own rock album in early 2010, Rebirth, to little fan-fare. The album had some standout tracks, but didn’t resonate with fans the way his rap albums do. However, his verse on this track proves that Wayne can still sound good while raping over a well-produced rock beat. More please!
“Ya homie won’t stop until I decide to it/till then I’m making rollies for the homies to ride to/smokes on the folds, folks wanna know/b-tch I’m the boss, best foots on the blow…”
There’s something about Rick Ross’ voice over an electric guitar that just sounds right. Ross knows what he sounds good on, and music like this is looking to be one of his strong suits, as he proved with his feature on Kanye West’s “Devil In A New Dress”. His lyrics may not be as strong on this track but his flow is undeniably right.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an all-star track without Swizz Beatz on the hook. When I first saw Swizz’s name attached to the track I was skeptical because of the probability of him being forced onto the hook in a corny way. On the first listen through, however, I didn’t find his voice on the hook to be obnoxious in any way. It’s just one line over and over again, but there is no denying how catchy it is. If the rest of what Travis Barker has in store for his solo album has the production value of this track, then open-minded music fans should be in for quite a ride come March 15th.