14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a long ride from the Atlanta strip-club scene to the mainstream charts, but the hip-hop act Travis Porter makes the trip with surprisingly few bumps on its debut album, From Day 1. The project—delayed several years due to label troubles—serves up the trio’s Dirty South–influenced rap with a fusion of shamelessly catchy hooks and cheerfully lustful content. Avoiding gangsta posturing, TP members Ali, Quez, and Strap are out for a good time and won’t stop till they get it. “Make It Rain” and “Bring It Back”—the hits that defined their sound—give a taste of their nasty-but-nice appeal. “Pu**y Real Good” (featuring guest rapper 2 Chainz) and “Ayy Ladies” keep the momentum going with infectious beats and chant-along lyrics. Moving beyond booty calls are instantly likeable pop-oriented tracks like “Party Time” and “That Feeling.” Input from such A-list producers as Mac Miller (“Bouncing Like (Whoa)”) and Diplo (“Wobble”) gives From Day 1 welcome sonic variety. In the end, Travis Porter puts its own stamp on the album with an easygoing attitude, bad-boy humor, and enough street cred to sustain the trio all the way to the top.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s a long ride from the Atlanta strip-club scene to the mainstream charts, but the hip-hop act Travis Porter makes the trip with surprisingly few bumps on its debut album, From Day 1. The project—delayed several years due to label troubles—serves up the trio’s Dirty South–influenced rap with a fusion of shamelessly catchy hooks and cheerfully lustful content. Avoiding gangsta posturing, TP members Ali, Quez, and Strap are out for a good time and won’t stop till they get it. “Make It Rain” and “Bring It Back”—the hits that defined their sound—give a taste of their nasty-but-nice appeal. “Pu**y Real Good” (featuring guest rapper 2 Chainz) and “Ayy Ladies” keep the momentum going with infectious beats and chant-along lyrics. Moving beyond booty calls are instantly likeable pop-oriented tracks like “Party Time” and “That Feeling.” Input from such A-list producers as Mac Miller (“Bouncing Like (Whoa)”) and Diplo (“Wobble”) gives From Day 1 welcome sonic variety. In the end, Travis Porter puts its own stamp on the album with an easygoing attitude, bad-boy humor, and enough street cred to sustain the trio all the way to the top.

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About Travis Porter

Originally formed in 2006 as the Hard Hitters, the trio officially switched to the enigmatic moniker Travis Porter in 2008. MCs Ali (Lakeem Mattox), Quez (Donquez Woods), and Strap (Harold Duncan) grew up together in Decatur, Georgia, and formed the band with the hope of taking over the rap world from the underground up. The irreverent crew began to cultivate a strong Internet presence, releasing videos through its YouTube page and releasing four mixtapes, Who Is Travis Porter?, I’m a Differenter, I’m a Differenter 2, and Streets R’Us, in 2009. Travis Porter caused some controversy that year when they inadvertently released a Roscoe Dash single they did a guest spot on, "All the Way Turnt Up," on one of their own tapes. Dash eventually re-recorded the song with Soulja Boy and released the new version the following year. After releasing three more mixtapes, Proud 2 Be a Problem, I Am Travis Porter, and Differenter Gang, in 2010, Travis Porter found themselves being courted by labels hoping to bring them to a larger audience. They eventually decided to sign with Jive near the end of 2010, but the label would be closed in 2011 by its parent company, RCA. The group's debut album, From Day 1, finally arrived in 2012 on RCA with productions from Diplo, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and others. ~ Gregory Heaney

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