Travis Porter is an American hip hop rap group from Decatur, Georgia. Ali and Quez are step brothers; the two met Strap while attending the same middle school. The three grew up together and in 2006 began exploring music. The group's biggest hits are "Aww Yea", "Go Shorty Go", "Bananas", "Ayy Ladies", "Bring It Back" and "Make It Rain" produced by F-K-I. Travis Porter released a biographical film titled Proud to be a Problem on May 18, 2010. Travis Porter has a YouTube channel with over 130 million views and a Twitter page. In November 2010 the trio signed with Jive Records.
Travis Porter consists of Lakeem "Ali" Mattox, Donquez "Quez" Woods and Harold "Strap" Duncan. During the early years, the group started out as the Hard Hitters, but then changed their name to Travis Porter, to be more marketable. Besides them performing through across the United States, Travis Porter would begin performing internationally. In 2008, the trio played between in cities, states, and even countries; including Kaiserslautern and Bamberg, Germany. Travis Porter would quickly earned major popularity through the releases of their mixtapes, showing performances and blowing through social medias. These four biggest underground hits, including "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, which is Birthday Bash and on the The Mo'Nique Show. They even performed with Canada's own Drake at BMI's Unsigned Artist showcase in Atlanta. 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. Travis Porter was also featured on MTV Jams Feb 5. The group also received Myspace's #1 unsigned group title. 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). The trio was honored at the 2010's 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".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". But the group would eventually end up signing a record deal with Jive Records.
2010-2012: From Day 1:
On December 22, 2010, the trio released their debut single, "Make it Rain"; peeking at number 50 on the Urban radio charts and debuted on the charts at number 97, then climbed 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. 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. The group's debut album, From Day 1 was released on May 29, 2012, under the RCA Records and their launched Porter House Music record label.From Day 1 would be charted at number 16 on the US Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Top Rap Albums charts.
On March 5, 2013, Travis Porter released their eleventh mixtape, titled Mr Porter.
On June 3, 2014, Travis Porter released their twelve mixtape, titled Music Money Magnums 2; which is the sequel to their mixtape Music Money Magnums.
On April 15, 2015, Travis Porter released their thirteenth mixtape, titled 3 Live Krew; which has its mixtape cover based on 2 Live Crew's critically acclaimed album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. On August 21, 2015, Travis Porter released their fourteenth mixtape, titled S.A.Q..
Travis Porter starred in their debut movie Red Rock, released on November 20, 2012.
This track "All the Way Turnt Up" has caused controversy with Roscoe Dash. After Dash stated that he came up with the song; including the hook and the lyrics and even asked the group Travis Porter to appeared on this song. Travis Porter then added this song to their mixtape, which was causing fans to believed 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.
Young Dro and Yung L.A.:
The 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.