Back in the 90s, you couldn’t move in the charts for rock/rap cross-overs. You had your Aerosmith/Run DMC hookups, Anthrax teaming up with Public Enemy (yeeaaaahhhhh, boy!) and all manner of lesser known but still excellent fusion artists.
As hip-hop took hold, the cross-over genre dwindled. But one man is shining an unlikely light for rock/rap once more – Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. The idea that the quietest member of Blink 182 is fronting this project blows my mind, but one listen to Carry It should make you take the concept more seriously.
The feeling is less like those pioneering rock/rap acts of the 90s and more like the Mike Shinoda/Executioners track It’s Goin’ Down. Barker provides the live beats while Tom Morello contributes the power chords and Raekwon and RZA share the vocal responsibilities.
With the combined might of the Wu Tang Clan and Rage Against The Machine, Carry It isn’t a track to be ignored – The verses are almost hilariously overblown as RZA claims Barker’s beats are “like lightning bolts being thrown down from Mount Olympus”. But isn’t that what we like about rappers? The way they take boasting to such a level that drawing comparisons between themselves and Zeus is considered par for the course? I love it.
Carry It is from Travis Barker’s new album Give The Drummer Some, which is due to drop next February and boasts just about every rapper you’ve ever heard of (see below).
The album Give The Drummer Some is slated for for a Feburary 2011 release and will feature a star studded line-up including Rick Ross, Ludacris, E-40, The Cool Kids, Yelawolf, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, Clipse, Game, Bun B, Lil Wayne, and more.