Q&A: Travis Porter Talks Debut Album, Rihanna, & Fan Appreciation

Travis Porter

Ali, Quez, and Strap, the step brothers that make up Travis Porter, are fueled by A-list beats, groupie love, and a youthful spirit. Several mixtapes into the game, the early twenty-somethings find themselves past the preliminary stages and into the fun part of their career, which includes boasting about parties and focusing on the raw art of lyrical seduction—all based on reality, of course.

Hip-hop frat-like singles such as “Ayy Ladies” and the Jeremih-infused “Ride Like That,” along with features from 2 Chainz, Mike Posner, and Mac Miller, set the tone for their long-awaited debut From Day 1.

Fresh off the release of the album, Rap-Up.com spoke with the hip-hop trio about which late legend they would like to work with, why a Rihanna collaboration makes sense, and why they can’t do a song with Beyoncé.

Describe the flavor of this album in one word.
Ali: Party.
Quez: Crazy.
Strap: Thrilling.

Are there any particularly personal songs on it?
Quez: Nothing too personal. We put out five or six mixtapes before our album dropped. Personal records like, “I’ma take you back to where I’m from”—we put those on the mixtapes. We don’t have records on the album that are like that. We got records on this one that are like, “We about to make it.” We tell ‘em where we came from, but now we’re tellin’ ‘em what we ’bout to do. Selling a million records, we ’bout to have a party, we ’bout to do something we never done before. We’re not dwelling on the past. We’re focusing on the future.

Sex seems to inspire a lot of the content.
Ali: I mean I guess we go off of life experience. We don’t just say it, we actually do those things. We don’t be lying. Everyday experiences.

Have you felt your music change since your first mixtape?
Strap: Our music don’t really change. You go through different things in life. That being said, you get the feeling of what people are going through with it. We’re going through different things now than what we did back in the day. We’ve been around. We know what we’re doing.

What was it like to work with Diplo?
Ali: That song, “Wobble,” that we did with him is crazy. We did three songs with him but only picked one for the album. This one just fit. We needed a song like that on the album.
Quez: We was prepared for the best and we already knew it was going to be crazy. We just went in and did all three songs in one night.

We lost a lot of amazing musicians this year. If you could do a song with one of them, who would it be?
Strap: Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys. You can’t go wrong with a collaboration with the Beastie Boys.

There are a lot of male features and production on this album. Why is it such a boys club?
Strap: ‘Cause the only thing we’re talking about is women.

Which female artist would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Quez: I would like to work with Rihanna. She fits our persona. We can’t do a song with Beyoncé. That’s way off. People would be like what? She’s like almost 30.

Have your fans done anything that really surprised you?
Quez: Everything that people other than us do surprises me. It surprises us that we’re so big. We’re bigger than we think. So anything that anybody does is good for me. I like the lil’ T-shirts, the fan signs, the “let me have your towel.” I like that because for somebody to feel that way about you, you gotta be doing something they love.

If you could write a song about your fans, what would you title it?
Quez: “Triple D.” It would stand for dedicated, determined, and dependable. That’s how I’d describe them.

That’s all “Triple D” means?
Quez: That’s what Travis Porter do. It’s sexual, but it means something.

–Rajul Punjabi



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24 Comments

  1. jacq

    ….as if Beyoncé or Rihanna would even daydream about a collabo with the lameness that is Travis Porter….

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    Twista Reply:

    @jacq, Agreed! “She’s like 30.” GTFOH

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    Blahhhh Reply:

    @Twista,
    RIGHT?!

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    Tia23 Reply:

    @jacq, CO-SIGN!!!!I couldn’t have said it better my damn self

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  2. Critic

    I don’t even think they can afford to have Beyoncé on a track. Bey rarely does “features” anyway, Rihanna is known for being the “go-to-hook-girl”. #NoShade

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    r.i.p aaliyah Reply:

    @Critic, yea but Travis POrter?????????????? BWAHAHAHAHA Rihanna knows when to say no lmaooo

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    Loiu2 dau refillz Reply:

    @Critic, LOL

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  3. no worries

    these guys just scream “CHEESY”!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Jordan Gabriel

    Travis Porter who? another non-quality act. great.

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  5. Shapey

    Never heard of them

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  6. @IamMrHAndsome

    i like the video… They always make hits but this is more R&B then a BOOTY POP Song like their normal!

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  7. SaucyMcblast

    Like Beyonce even knows who these idiots are. Im pretty sure Rihanna does but she don’t GAF about them either sooo….

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  8. BEYHIVEBAD

    @critic Lol i felt the SHADE. Rihanna has done her share of features but lets be honest…Eminem, Jay-z, Kanye & Drake i think when she “Features” she has a TYPE and no grammy having ass Travis & Porter are NOT it!

    “She’s like 30″ yeah probably 10 years younger than you’re mother now let’s compare thier saleries….

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @BEYHIVEBAD, #Sting911 #Yess

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  9. BOOMBYEBYE

    LMAO! Can these porch monkey’s even afford A feature from rihanna?? Let alone the QUEEN B..

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  10. QUEENCIARA

    @BoomByeBye I’m sure a BeYAWNce feature is about 5k or 6k no one is really checking for her anymore, and with the announcement of CIARA apporaching… Iknow Peasant B is sitting at home panicking! :-(

    Who run the world C!

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @QUEENCIARA, 5k & 6k is thee range in numbers that Cedric’s last album moved -WHOLE UNITS I might add in the first week .

    We won’t Bey “C”ing her anytime soon .

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  11. Tony

    *Gets popcorn ready to see @QueenCiara get fried in 3,2,1…

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  12. Loiu2 dau refillz

    Bet Rihanna or Beyonce Don’t know who they are.

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  13. LoveKelly

    they did a song with kelly rowland ” slow motion ” do that not know that beyonce & kelly are the same age

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  14. TheDreamer

    Even when Bey was Rihanna’s age she wouldn’t have featured on these guys songs. They won’t last more than a year!

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  15. tonya

    i love travis porter personally? why so much hate? they’re cool!!!

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    tonya Reply:

    @tonya, !*

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  16. KingKibe24

    A bunch of Haters give them credit they made it damn Haters gonna hate i guess and they’ve been on the scene for more than a year so shut that shit down

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