Travis Porter - Music Money Magnums (Porter House/Jive, 2011)
Music Money Magnums plays out sorta like a swag-rap opus; the type of wholly consistent project that young Leland and FIRH NAME LAH NAME could never put together, and Roscoe Dash will likely never assemble thanks to politics at Interscope. The production here is mostly handled by KB and FKi, and as KE’s proven in the past, the best swag-rap producers go strictly by initials. Despite the duties of MMM being handled almost entirely by these two (with some appearances behind the boards from Nard & B, Illfonics, M16, Big Fruit and Josh Holiday), the project never starts to drag at the result of similar-sounding songs; it just provides a strong sense of cohesiveness to the project, and everything presented here top-notch. Tinkling pianos make their presence felt amongst all the synth and hi-hats, and the 808s pound. This is the perfect sonic landscape for Travis Porter to flutter around.
The Travie trio show out here, too; though they’re still kinda hard to distinguish from one another unless you have a radical ear for detail and vocal inflection (note: I don’t, there are still Clipse verses that I mistake the Brothers Thornton for one another), that doesn’t take away from their performance here. Travis are as entertaining as always; their raps still delightfully playful, and their delivery still floating around in a state of ecstasy. The narrative of the story clearly focuses on the Magnumpart of their Holy Trinity, as the tape is dominated with sexual escapades, leaving little room for discussion considering Music and Money. Despite that, the music here is just instantly digestible; if you’re not vibing with Travie within the first five tracks, you maybe in a vegetative state. The money? Well, that’s certainly going to come in large amounts if Travis Porter’s debut album is equally this infectious.
Music Money Magnums is a very early candidate for mixtape of the year; this should’ve been saved as their Jive release, but it’s telling that they released a project this consistently enjoyable from start to finish for free on the first Wednesday of February. If you’re not down with Travie yet, this as good of place as any to start; if you’re already riding for Porter House, then you’ll be more than satisfied with Travis’ latest effort.
Also, judging by this mixtapes’ Kush and Orange Juice levels of exposure and fan support, don’t be surprised if Travis Porter becomes a household name before 2011 is over. Hopefully they can just successfully follow-up this incredible effort with a solid retail-release.