By Jack Barnes
Another in a long line of hard-nosed, streetwise rappers from the outer boroughs, Queens’ TRAV brings a fiery intensity to his narratives. Bringing his definitively New York style back for his second full-length album, Trav announces QRAK (Queens Raised A King), his upcoming album. With a low-pitched growl 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 upcoming 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. Featuring appearances from Meek Mill, Lil Durk, Tory Lanez, Jim Jones, Blac Youngsta, Belly, Don Q, and Vory, QRAK hits stores on December 8th.
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.”
Today, Trav shares “Laying Low,” the urgent first single from the upcoming album. Produced by Stash, “Laying Low” is a head-nodding anthem, complete with trap snares, dramatic strings, and creeping keyboards, buoyed by Trav’s infectious auto-tuned hook. Featuring appearances from fellow rising New Yorker Don Q and from Memphis firebrand Blac Youngsta, “Laying Low” finds the three rappers on the run from the feds (“the suit-and-ties”), counting their cash and refusing to give themselves up. Available as an instant gratis song with pre-order of QRAK, “Laying Low” is a good indication of the high quality and intensity of the entire project.
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