Album: Trav – QRAK (Queens Raised a King)
The Streetwise Rapper Shares an Intense, Melodic New Project, Premiered by VIBE
An uncommonly intense emcee with a knack for melodic lyricism, Queens rapper Trav blends old-school New York toughness with modern hitmaking ability. Today, Trav shares QRAK (Queens Raised a King), a career-defining new album. With a low-pitched growl (occasionally substituted for infectious auto-tuned yelps) and deep connections to everyone in the metropolitan area, Trav is a versatile talent, with a knack for finding the right flow and for warbling a catchy hook. On his new album, Trav takes a long look at his past and how they affect his current circumstances, from his childhood living with his mother to earning the respect of the NYC rap game, poetically contrasting with the lavishes of his current life. Premiered by VIBE, the album boasts highlights such as the rowdy, Lil Durk-featuring banger “Boost Mobile,” the urgent, yet laid-back “Blow My High,” featuring Meek Mill, and the druggy, HYPEBEAST-premiered“Rolled Up,” which features Tory Lanez and Belly. Featuring additional appearances from Jim Jones, Blac Youngsta, Don Q, and Vory, QRAK is a welcome window into the life of a NYC rapper on the rise.
Along with the project, Trav also shares the video for “QRAK,” the project intro. Produced by famed Philly producer Jahlil Beats, the man behind Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N*gga” and many others, “QRAK” is an apocalyptic banger, with devilish choirs, John Carpenter-keyboards, and snapping snares. Trav attacks the beat with a low-pitched growl, building a head of steam with an energetic delivery near the end of the track, lending an added urgency to his gruesomely detailed bars: “Broad day/N*ggas know how we play/All day/finger-f*ck that Ruger just like foreplay/Ok?!” The video finds Trav ruminating in his prison cell, counting the days until he gets out of jail and can get violent revenge on the people who have wronged him.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, Trav started rapping at the age of 16, catching the attention of NYC tastemakers, including DJ Whookid and DJ Green Lantern. Trav credits his first big break to DJ Green Lantern’s radio show on Sirius XM. In 2009, Trav linked up with 50 Cent, who brought the young rapper into his network of G-Unit affialiates. Trav released his first solo tape The Way I See It, and then released Follow Me, hosted by DJ Whookid, which featured the single “Ride The Wave,” which made a splash on urban radio. Since “Ride The Wave,” Trav has collaborated with Lloyd Banks and Juelz Santana, and he recently opened for Sean Kingston and Jim Jones on the “Red Bull Presents: Vamp Life Tour.”
Buy QRAK (Queens Raised a King): https://lnk.to/QueensRaisedAKing
Watch the video for “QRAK” (prod. Jahlil Beats): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY4KUg_cX6E
Check out the VIBE premiere: https://www.vibe.com/2017/12/trav-qrak-album-stream/
Hailing from Queens, Trav got his start with artist 50 Cent in 2009. His first solo mixtape, ‘The Way I See It’ was well-received, triggering numerous downloads and recognition within the Hip Hop community. His follow-up mixtape ‘Follow Me,’ presented by DJ Whookid, featured the Hit Single ‘Ride the Wave’ and received hundreds of radio spins at major radio stations. The single also received a feature on Music Choice. According to Whookid, ‘Follow Me’ highlights Trav’s peerless ability to make music–music that will make you “feel all types of emotions.”
The success Trav has received since ‘Ride the Wave’ is marked by a remix of the song featuring hit-maker Juelz Santana and G-Unit’s own Lloyd Banks. He proved his worth, live on stage with 50 Cent on his nationwide ‘Invitation BISD Tour.’ Now, you can find Trav performing on tour with Sean Kingston and Jim Jones in the “Red Bull Presents: Vamp Life Tour,” where he’s showcasing his talent with new, and classic, songs in front of thousands of fans. Look out for QRAK, Trav’s next project, hitting stores on December 8th
QRAK (Queens Raised a King): https://lnk.to/QueensRaisedAKing
“QRAK” (prod. Jahlil Beats): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY4KUg_cX6E
“Boost Mobile” ft. Lil Durk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JvTwiIAX58
“Blow My High” ft. Meek Mill: https://soundcloud.com/travmbb/blow-my-high-feat-meek-mill
“Rolled Up” ft. Belly & Tory Lanez:
“Laying Low” ft. Don Q and Blac Youngsta: https://soundcloud.
“Ride The Wave” ft. Lloyd Banks & Juelz Santana: https://open.spotify.com/album/4ZZ6mun4ytnqRPcxDw5Zw1