Blink drummer Travis says it’s easier to get on with rappers than dealing with ‘fools’ who resent his crossover interests
Travis Barker says he gets on better with hip-hop artists than he does with rock musicians – and he finds he can do more with the rap genre than he can with Blink-182.
The drummer is tired of being judged by “nazi bastards” who feel he shouldn’t be working with rap stars like Lil Wayne, Drake and Eminem.
He tells Complex.com: “It seems like I have more in common, or hit it off better, with rappers than fools in rock music.
“Rock usually revolves around the band – you go into the studio as a band and probably take about a year to record an album. But for a hip-hop song, you can create a track in a day then get three different people on it. It seems like you’re able to do more with hip-hop.
“I got people who were mad when I played the Grammys with Wayne, Drake and Eminem. It’s one of the biggest highlights of my life but they’re like, ‘Stop playing this rap shit.’
“Fuck you, man. Open up your eyes and ears, you nazi bastards. Don’t be so close-minded. Since I was a kid I listened to all types of music and no one judged me for it. If they did I told them to go fuck themselves.”
But Barker wouldn’t shun rock for hip-hop, or vice versa.
“My solo record is across the board. It’s got Slash on it. There’s RZA, Raekwon, Tom Morello and me together on a track where RZA’s playing guitar. This is me working with all my favourite MCs, rappers, DJs and guitar players and it’s really been fun.
“But I also love being in the studio with Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge. I’m excited about the new album. I wouldn’t want to play just rap music or just punk rock music – I’d be totally bummed if one of them wasn’t there.”
Barker’s solo release, Give The Drummer Some, was releases this month, and now Blink will focus on recording their first album since reuniting in 2009.