**1/2 (out of four)
Contrary to what the name implies, rap outfit Travis Porter contains three dudes (and zero people named Travis Porter). This is important because Travis Porter's thing is personifying a constant, roving party, and strength in numbers makes it easier to impose party conditions wherever they go. To do that, man, these guys clearly must work against the odds.
The group's debut album "From Day 1" has obviously fought through layers of label bureaucracy to make its way into existence. Its guest lineup – 2Chainz, Jeremih, Tyga, Mike Posner – is a set of reliable B-listers who seem to have been picked based on being eminently available; the album's standout singles, “Bring It Back” and “Make It Rain,” are a year-and-a-half old. A debut album should never prompt that, "Oh yeah, I forgot about this song" feeling.
Most of the album offers the same type of jittery party raps as those two mixtape-to-radio hits with diminishing returns, but that doesn't mean it isn't often entertaining. Travis Porter are much smarter rappers than they pretend to be. They keep things simple when needed and pretty much have minor hit rap songs down to a formula. Almost anything on "From Day 1" would work well in a playlist – the new standouts are opener “Aww Yea,” Diplo-produced “Wobble” and Jeremih-featuring “Ride Like That” – but as an album it becomes gratingly repetitive. As with most parties: Have fun, but everything in moderation.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times