ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — When production duo Play N Skillz started putting out feelers for people to appear on the remix of Lil Wayne's "Got Money" — a track they produced — Travis Barker was one of the first people to respond and record his drum part for it. One day before his recent plane crash, Barker was in the studio, giving "Got Money" a beautiful beat-down with brand-new thunderous drums.
"We talked to Lil Chris [Baker], his assistant who died in the crash," Play said Sunday in Albuquerque, where the brothers were performing as part of the third annual New Mexico Takeover. "[Chris] was lining up the remix thing with Travis. I'd never met Travis, but we spoke two days before this happened. He went in the studio, did the 'Got Money' remix. We were really excited about that. Then you wake up one morning, and it's like, 'F---!' "
"It shows how fast something can happen," Skillz added. "The day before his crash, he had just did the drums to the 'Got Money' remix."
Play N Skillz said they took it upon themselves to try to spearhead a remix to the smash single. They have not yet spoken to Wayne personally about the new song but have talked to members of his camp.
"We're slowly working on the remix to the song," Play said. "Bun B committed to it, Slim Thug committed to it, the Game committed to it, and a couple of other people committed to it. We've been trying to hurry and trying to continue while the heat is on the record. We reached out to a bunch of people and got a gang of calls back. Travis was one of the guys that reached back out. I don't know if it was his last recording before the plane crash. I don't know what we're gonna do with it now. Special shout-out to him and his family."
(Watch Barker and DJ AM rehearse for their gig as the house band for the VMAs in the Newsroom blog.)
There could be a few differences to Play N Skillz's "Got Money" remix. For instance, the duo might release a remix that just features Barker on the drums, a remix with Travis and some of the aforementioned MCs, or Weezy might decide to lay down some new vocals.
"We took it upon ourselves," Play said of the remix. "So many people are doing remixes anyways. We spoke to [Wayne's artist] Mack Maine, who's on the record. We told him what was gong on. This whole process with Wayne has never been a very personal relationship. It's been so third-party, but it works. He probably doesn't want to be bothered with that type of thing. I guess he's like, 'Let me get in my space and do what I do.' If Wayne gets involved, even better. I didn't think he's not gonna wanna be a part of it. We're just trying to be innovative, and if anything, it can go to the Internet and to the fans."
Besides the Wayne remix, Barker was also working on several songs for Paul Wall's upcoming new LP before the crash.
Barker and DJ AM remain hospitalized in Georgia following Friday night's crash. They are in serious but stable condition. The two entertainers were the only two survivors of six passengers. In addition to Baker, Barker's bodyguard, Charles "Che" Still, and the plane's pilots died in the crash. Barker and AM suffered serious burns but are expected to make full recoveries.
If you'd like more information on the memorial funds set up to benefit Chris Baker's and Charles Still's families, visit the Famous Stars and Straps Web site.