Just duo it
No matter what you think of MTV sweetheart Travis Barker (Blink 182, the Transplants) or Nicole Ritchie sweetheart DJ AM (or The Park Ultra Lounge for that matter), the combination of a live deejay with a pop sensibility who knows how to scratch and mix and a drummer who can hit the skins hard and keep a ferocious beat going is a hip-hop lover’s wet dream. The sounds those two create is like listening to an entire Slayer show through LL Cool J’s boom box. The music is raw, threatening, intense, precise and blends ’80s music with current rock tracks and hip-hop—it’s danceable but interesting enough that you don’t have to be drunk or high while listening to it. But it probably helps. Barker and AM lead the listener on a pop-culture path that, if you’re willing to embrace a certain amount of mainstreamness, is impossible to disagree with. Believe me, I don’t want to go to The Park either, but you gotta do what you gotta do. In other words, sometimes you have to go to the depressing zoo to check out the sweet reptile cage, ya know?