"Psycho White - EP" by Travis Barker on iTunes

5 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Psycho White is the progeny of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and spitfire Alabama rapper Yelawolf, and this five-track debut EP exudes five distinct flavors of their rock-rap hybrid. That blend is a tricky workhorse, and extracting the most powerful essence of each genre isn't easy. Barker and Yelawolf nail it here, with Barker's rabid drumming a perfect complement to Yela's staccato, barbed delivery. "Push 'Em" pulses with a Rage Against the Machine–influenced heart when it's not hyperventilating Eminem-style. Yela manages to slow it down for the reggae slither of "6 Feet Underground," which features Tim Armstrong's warm, grizzled vocals. "Whistle Dixie" is a death rattle of a song, with flinty snares and distant church bells digging a dark hole for Yela's bilious pronouncements, while syncopated, guttural whup-whups are uttered by what sounds like Beelzebub. Also here are spastic Beastie Boys flourishes, horror-film narratives, eerie turntable howls courtesy of Mix Master Mike, and a number of other rewarding surprises.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Psycho White is the progeny of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and spitfire Alabama rapper Yelawolf, and this five-track debut EP exudes five distinct flavors of their rock-rap hybrid. That blend is a tricky workhorse, and extracting the most powerful essence of each genre isn't easy. Barker and Yelawolf nail it here, with Barker's rabid drumming a perfect complement to Yela's staccato, barbed delivery. "Push 'Em" pulses with a Rage Against the Machine–influenced heart when it's not hyperventilating Eminem-style. Yela manages to slow it down for the reggae slither of "6 Feet Underground," which features Tim Armstrong's warm, grizzled vocals. "Whistle Dixie" is a death rattle of a song, with flinty snares and distant church bells digging a dark hole for Yela's bilious pronouncements, while syncopated, guttural whup-whups are uttered by what sounds like Beelzebub. Also here are spastic Beastie Boys flourishes, horror-film narratives, eerie turntable howls courtesy of Mix Master Mike, and a number of other rewarding surprises.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

368 Ratings

Great collaboration

djnoflo865,

I recently saw Yelawolf in concert and it was the best $25 I've spent in my life. Release of the cracker mixed with one of the best drummers alive, will be sick. Cop it. Country Freshhh

Heard Push Em at a concert.

KronTompkins,

Just saw Yelawolf a week ago and it was awesome. Best show I've seen in Columbia. He performed Push Em for the first time before this album is out. I loved it at the show. Can't wait to bump it and say I heard it before anyone. So sick!

About Travis Barker

Before rising to the forefront of late-'90s punk-pop with blink-182, drummer Travis Barker honed his chops with the Suicide Machines and the Aquabats. Born in 1975 in Fontana, California, Barker was urged to pursue his musical talents by his mother, who died the day before he entered high school. Barker followed her advice and eventually worked his way onto the touring roster of the Aquabats, who shared a number of tour dates with up-and-coming headliners blink-182. When blink's original drummer departed in 1998, Barker permanently joined the lineup, remaining with the highly successful band until its demise in 2005. Barker continued to work with Mark Hoppus in the band +44 while pursuing other ventures, including a hip-hop project with Rancid's Tim Armstrong and a reality show for MTV. He also released a number of remixes in 2007, putting his personal percussive stamp on Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Soulja Boy Tell Em's "Crank That." Barker continued to hone his skills as a producer before releasing his star-studded solo album Give the Drummer Some, a 2011 album that featured guest spots from rap titans Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Ludacris. A year later he partnered with rapper Yelawolf for the rap-rock EP Psycho White. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Fontana, CA
  • BORN
    Nov 14, 1975

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