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Travis Barker and Yelawolf Behind the Scenes

Collaborators lead rowdy party on set for new video, ‘Push Em’

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Erik Voake

I began the drumbeat for "Push Em" in a hotel room around 2 a.m. in Florida when Yela and I were on the I Am Music tour. I had the urge to write after a performance we did playing "Let's Go" from my album Give the Drummer Some, when Yela said to me he wanted something like it that was really spastic, high energy, that would get the crowd hyped for his future album. I was like, "Ask and you shall receive." A day later I showed him the beat for "Push Em," and he loved it. From there we just started figuring out parts while on tour for the next week or so. It was just an instrumental at the time, but it was straight "punch somebody in the face" music, so I knew when he recorded vocals it was over with.

We ended up regrouping at my studio in L.A. for him to lay vocals, and it was on. The song came to life – Yela killed it! During rough mixes with Chris Holmes, Tim Armstrong and Skinhead Rob heard it and loved it. Transplant$ were also recording in the same studio. Tim amd Rob jumped on the chorus and it came a step further. The rest is history – now we're playing it to crowds of people going buck.

The video was shot by Jason Goldwatch. The goal was to really capture the insane energy of the song through a live performance. So we got a warehouse in South Central L.A. and invited friends, family and some fans. Everybody from Tim Armstrong, Skinhead Rob, Twitch, Paul Wall, Famous Stars & Straps skate team, Brayden Szafranski and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. to some of our favorite tattoo artists like Franco Vescovi and Chuey Quintanar and longtime homies of all colors, shapes and sizes rolled through to support.

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