Travis Barker


Travis Landon Barker (born November 14, 1975) is an American drummer and the current drummer for pop punk trio Blink-182. He has also been a drummer for several side projects including +44, Box Car Racer, Transplants and Expensive Taste.

In 1996, Barker joined his first touring band, playing drums for The Aquabats as The Baron Von Tito. He recorded one album with them, The Fury of the Aquabats!, in 1997. His career took off when he joined up with pop punk band, Blink-182 in 1998. Barker became known for his mohawk and his tendency to perform shirtless, revealing a multitude of tattoos. Barker has since established himself as a versatile drummer, producing and making guest appearances in music projects of numerous music genres including hip-hop, punk rock, alternative rock, ska, pop and even country. He has gained significant acceptance within the hip-hop community in particular and often collaborates with artists to compose rock-tinged remixes to their songs.

He founded clothing company Famous Stars and Straps in 1999 and LaSalle Records in 2004. Companies such as DC Shoes and Zildjian cymbals have co-designed products in his name.

Travis blacks out on the live remix to Eminem’s 3AM.

Double black out on the live mix to Game’s Dope Boyz of the LAX Album.

On September 21, 2008, Barker was injured when the Learjet 60 in which he was a passenger crashed outside of Columbia, South Carolina. The jet was headed for Van Nuys, California.According to the Federal Aviation Administration; the plane was departing the airport when air traffic controllers saw sparks emanating from the plane. It went off the runway, smashed through a fence, crossed a nearby road, slammed into an embankment and caught fire.


XXL Magazine wrote

by Billy Sunday

( I may have to translate some of this for those of you not familiar with hood slang.)

Being shot nine times and surviving that shit is pretty fucking hardbody.

(1. Hardbody

to be ‘tough’ or ‘gangsta’; refusal to backdown
“You don’t wanna fuck with me…I’m hardbody”)

This is why Fifty Cent has had gangsta rap in a dopefiend headlock for the last six or seven years. Nobody out here is trying to get shot that many times to take over the crown. That was until Travis Barker and DJ AM escaped a fiery plane crash this weekend.

These two dudes have officially knocked Fisty Scent from the ranks as the most hardbody Hip-Hop dude in history. How the fuck do you top this shit?!? I suppose if you jumped from the space shuttle and were able to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere without burning up and you were able to land back on Earth without splattering yourself into liquid you might beat these guys, but who is gonna do that?

Maybe if you were in the everglades and you beat the shit out of an aligator, ate it and then used its skin to make a pair of Air Jordans you might get my consideration for ramping up your hardbody status, but I prA’li (probably) wouldn’t place you over TRVSDJAM because these motherfuckers burnt their whole asses for the title.

None of that Hollywood shit where niggas get caught with possessing .40 caliber pistols with no bullets in them. None of that fake rap shit where niggas shoot themselves with they own biscuit (gun). Nahh mayne (know what i mean), these niggas went there and they survived that shit that has killed some of the realest motherfuckers of all time. Sam Cooke, John Denver, Aaliyah. Plane crashes are the real deal Holyfield my niggas and my nicorettes. Nobody limps away from them shits.

Unless your ass is hard fuckin’ body.

It cost the U.S. government six million dollars to get Steve Austin’s ass right after his plane crash. Respect Travis Barker and DJ AM’s gangster because they ain’t looking for no government bailout to get back on their feet. That my friends is the meaning of hard fuckin’ body.

Now get off your ass and go copp their CD or some merchandise shit.


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