REVIEW: Yelawolf and Travis Barker – ‘Psycho White’ – EP
It isn’t surprising finding a rap artist and rock ‘n’ roll musician teaming up to create an album. It’s been done with The Black Lip’s and GZA for “The Drop I Hold” and most famously with Linkin Park and Jay-Z for “Numb/Encore.” The real curiosity most fans may have is whether the two artists can create an album that will combine both talents to create an EP that successfully mixes both distinct sounds to create something extraordinary.
The opening track, “Push ‘Em” kicks off rapidly, instantly pushing the listener into the fast-paced three-minute track. The track features “Skinhead Rob” Aston on guest vocals. The lyrics illustrate an anxious Yelawolf, rallying up his listeners to get wild. The interlude sounds like a cop is reporting the scene at hand saying, “We’re dealing with a small group of troublemakers…” It’s only during the interlude that the track slows it’s beat, but immediately revs up to its original speed.
“6 Feet Underground” is easily the best out of the five tracks. It features East Bay guitarist, Tim Armstrong. From the get go, its obvious Armstrong heavily influenced the track as it opens up with a slow, reggae beat. Armstrong starts off the track with the chorus, “You can’t push us around/if you try/gonna lie, six feet underground,” which fits perfectly considering the past bands he’s been a part of are always going against the status quo.
Although the emphasis of snare drums for “Whistle Dixie” create an interesting drum line beat with Yelawolf’s rapping in the background, it lacks power to create a track that’s lyrically solid and instead only relies on the snazzy percussions.
It wasn’t surprising to find Skinhead Rob and Armstrong on the mix with Barker producing the album. The trio had previously worked together to create their rock-rap group, The Transplants. Armstrong, in particular, made an interesting contribution to the mix, creating a diverse sound within the rap-influenced album.
While this EP caters more to fans who enjoy the Transplants and Barker’s side projects, Yelawolf still creates a promising record that exemplifies the success that comes along when combing two musicians from different musical backgrounds to create a noteworthy album.