Today, Blink-182 drummer and hip-hop producer Travis Barker confirmed details about his up-coming solo album, Give The Drummer Some, which will be released on March 15, 2011 via Interscope Records. The newly re-formed American punk band Blink-182 toured the states in 2009, in which there was a Chicago date. If he is going to tour, or be in Chicago to promote his up-coming solo album has yet to be announced.
Barker has already released two tracks from Give The Drummer Some, “Jump Down” and “Carry It” which can be picked up on iTunes. His first officially single will be “Can A Drummer Get Some,” which features The Game, Swizz Beats, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross. Lil Wayne and Travis Barker have been collaborating for a while now, and Barker even played drums during Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Drake’s Grammy performance of “Forever.”
He also collaborated on Lil Wayne’s album Rebirth, in which Barker co-produced/performed drums the track “One Way Trip” which also features Kevin Rudolf. Not only did Barker produce the track, but Lil Wayne incorporated lyrics about Barker in the song (lyrics).
Other songs on the upcoming album include, “Jump Down” featuring The Cool Kids, “Carry It” featuring RZA, Raekwon, and Tom Morello, “Devil’s Got A Hold of Me,” featuring hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse (recently signed to Eminem’s label), “Misfits,” featuring Steve Aoki, “Cool Head,” featuring Chicago’s Kid Cudi, “Don’t Fuck With Me,” featuring Paul Wall, Kurupt, and J Roc, “City of Dreams,” featuring The Clipse and Kobe, and “On My Own,” featuring Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.
More very special guests are in the works with details to be announced soon.
With such a heavy hitting album you have to wonder how in the heck Travis Barker plans to tour on this record. Especially since Blink-182 is coming out with a new album in 2011, which will be promoted by a tour, but he somehow has with Lil Wayne.
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In addition to the list of musical artists that Barker worked with on “Give The Drummer Some”, he has enlisted his favorite artists from the art world to come up with a visual representation of each track on the album. The who’s-who list includes seminal artists from the street, tattoo, graffiti, fashion and music world: Slick, David Choe, Mr. Brainwash, Mike Giant, Haze, Munk One, Nate Dino, Skinhead Rob, Cool Head – Jeff Soto, Richard Sanchez, Risk One, Chase Tafoya, Chris Peters, Dire One, Mr. Cartoon, Maxx242 and Usugro.
Each song’s accompanying art will be rolled out in the coming weeks on Barker’s website (http://www.travisbarker.com). Additionally, CTDGS’s cover art was created by legendary rock & rolll cover artist Pushead. Pushead has collaborated on revered classic album covers with such recording artists as Metallica and Dr. Octagon.
Travis Barker’s solo album Give The Drummer Some will include 12 tracks with 16 tracks to be included on the deluxe version. In addition, Barker continues to be actively involved with his clothing and accessory company Famous Stars and Straps, his label LaSalle Records, and his band The Transplants (with Tim Armstrong and Skinhead Rob), are gearing up to record their third album.
With all of this going on, I am sure Barker will make his way to Chicago with one of his bands in 2011.