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Travis Barker Launches DTA Records With New Lil Wayne & Rick Ross Collab
Today, Travis Barker announced a new record label, DTA Records, which he is launching in partnership with Elektra Music Group. The Blink-182 drummer also released its first single, "Gimme Brain," a raunchy collab featuring his frenetic drumbeat and bars from hip-hop icons Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.
The new label caps off a busy year for Barker, who not only toured and released a new album with Blink-182, but also worked on a lot of collab tracks and projects, including two collab EPs; LIVE FAST DIE WHENEVER, with $uicideboy$ and Meet The Drummers with 03 Greedo.
DTA Records will serve as a home for Barker's collabs in hip-hop and other genres, as well for artist development under his leadership.
"I wanted a label partner that I trusted with true artist development," Barker said about Elektra, in a statement shared with Billboard.
"As an artist, it's important to me that an artist's vision is protected at all costs. It's crucial that I'm able to look an artist in the eye and believe it when I say we can take them from a basement to an arena. Elektra's track record and belief are proof of that, and I'm stoked to continue to build that legacy together through DTA Records."
According to a press release, the song "represents a continuation of Barker's passion for beat making and production, especially within hip-hop which was his first love growing up."
Weezy and Blink-182 toured across North America together this summer. He, Barker and Ross first worked together back in 2011 on "Can A Drummer Get Some," from the drummer's similarly titled rap-collab-heavy solo album, Give The Drummer Some.