Travis Porter

Travis Porter is an American hip hop trio from Decatur, Georgia. The group consists of stepbrothers Ali and Quez and their friend Strap, whom they met in middle school.[1] The three grew up together and in 2006 began exploring music. In November 2010 the trio signed with Jive Records.[2][3] The group's biggest hits are "Ayy Ladies", "Bring It Back" and "Make It Rain", produced by longtime collaborators, production group FKi. Travis Porter released a biographical film titled Proud to be a Problem on May 18, 2010.[4] Travis Porter has a YouTube channel with over 150 million views and a Twitter page.[5]

Travis Porter
Also known asHard Hitters
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
MembersAli
Quez
Strap da Fool

Music careerEdit

Musical beginningsEdit

Travis Porter consists of Lakeem "Ali" Grant, Donquez "Quez" Woods[6][7] and Harold "Strap" Duncan.[8][9] During the early years, they started out as a group called The Hard Hitters, but later changed their name to Travis Porter to increase marketability.[10] With their new name, the group toured across the United States before expanding their shows internationally. In 2008, the trio played in between cities, states, and even countries, including Kaiserslautern, Bamberg and Germany.[11][12] Travis Porter garnered popularity through the release of their mixtapes, and expanding number of performances. To date, the group's four biggest underground hits are: "Black Boy, White Boy", "Uh Huh", "Go Shorty Go", and "All the Way Turnt Up". During the summer of 2010, the group appeared in one of Atlanta's biggest concerts, Birthday Bash[13] and on The Mo'Nique Show.[14] They even performed with Canada’s own Drake at BMI’s Unsigned Artist showcase in Atlanta.[15] Even though they were being unsigned, they still were working with most notable signed artists, such as Roscoe Dash, Fast Life Yungstaz and Waka Flocka Flame.[16] Travis Porter was also featured on MTV Jams Feb 5.[17] The group also received Myspace's #1 unsigned group title.[18] In 2010, the group's non-album single, "Go Shorty Go" would be entering on the Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart. They also has recently joined with the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).[when?] The trio was honored at the 2010s Underground Music Awards in New York City, with other well-known underground artists, such as J. Cole; along with getting nominated for the “Most Dynamic Rap Group Duo”.[19] Gucci Mane reportedly announced the interest in signing the group Travis Porter to 1017 Brick Squad Records, saying "Just give me 12-15 songs. I don't know about that other stuff. Handle your business".[20] But the group would eventually end up signing a record deal to Jive Records.[21]

2010-2012: From Day 1Edit

On December 22, 2010, the trio released their debut single, "Make it Rain", which peaked at number 50 on the Urban radio charts and debuted on the charts at number 97 before climbing to number 46. On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced the disbandment of Jive Records, along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, the group (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) announced that they would have to released their future materials to RCA Records.[22][23] On February 7, 2011, Travis Porter released their second single, titled "Bring It Back".

In 2012, the trio released their third single, "Ayy Ladies", a collaboration with Young Money rapper Tyga. The single peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has topped the Top Heatseekers Songs charts, becoming Porter's most successful song to date.[24] The group's debut album, From Day 1 was released on May 29, 2012, under RCA Records and the group's own Porter House Music record label.[25] From Day 1 charted at number 16 on the US Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Top Rap Albums charts.

2013-present: TBAEdit

On March 5, 2013, Travis Porter released their eleventh mixtape, titled Mr Porter.[26][27]

On June 3, 2014, Travis Porter released their twelfth mixtape, titled Music Money Magnums 2, which is the sequel to their mixtape Music Money Magnums.[28][29][30]

On April 15, 2015, Travis Porter released their thirteenth mixtape, titled 3 Live Krew. Its mixtape cover is based on 2 Live Crew's critically acclaimed album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.[31][32][33][34] On August 21, 2015, Travis Porter released their fourteenth mixtape, titled S.A.Q..[35][36][37]

On January 18, 2016 Travis Porter released their fifteenth mixtape, titled 285.[38][39][40]

Other venturesEdit

Acting careerEdit

Travis Porter starred in their debut movie Red Rock, released on November 20, 2012.[41][42]

ControversyEdit

Roscoe DashEdit

The track "All the Way Turnt Up" has caused controversy with Roscoe Dash. Dash stated that he came up with the song, including the hook and the lyrics and even asked the group Travis Porter to appear on this song. Travis Porter then added this song to their mixtape, which caused fans to believe that this was not Roscoe Dash's song, but Travis Porter's. Roscoe Dash then released the inverted version to the song through his label Interscope Records, adding a verse by a fellow rapper Soulja Boy.[43]

Young Dro and Yung L.A.Edit

The group's song, titled "Black Boy, White Boy" caused a controversy when rappers Young Dro and Yung L.A. said that the song title was initially theirs.[44]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
  • From Day 1 (2012)
  • Mr. Porter 2 (2021)
  • From Day 2 (2021)

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2012 Red Rock As Themselves Co-Directed & Co-Produced

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ "EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Travis Porter On How They Got To Birthday Bash 15 | Hot 107.9". Hotspotatl.com. June 22, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
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  22. ^ "RCA's New Executive Team Named Under CEO Peter Edge Amid Layoffs (Update)". Billboard.biz. August 23, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  23. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
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  39. ^ "285". Hotnewhiphop.com. January 18, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
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  41. ^ "Travis Porter - Red Rock/From Day 1 Documentary: Quez, Strap, Ali, Thais Bermudez, Ryan Lightbourn, Ryan Lightbourn: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
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