News: Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy Talks Debut Album, "People Don't Take Me Seriously As A Rapper"

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 11:55AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Gym Class Heroes' frontman Travis McCoy has announced plans to release a debut solo album, The Lazarus Project, and explained the lack of acknowledgment he receives as an emcee.

According to McCoy, he didn't place a strong emphasis on snagging collaborations for his first album.

"I tried to keep the guest appearances at a bare minimum because this is my first effort away from Gym Class Heroes, so I didn't want it to be super appearance-driven," McCoy said in an interview. "It's me showing another side of Travis. There's a lot more singing and a lot more melody, but I think the guests that are on the record are there for a reason and are meant to be on the record. I feel like a lot of people in the hip-hop world don't take me seriously as a rapper. And I feel that first-and-foremost I came up as a rapper before I started singing. All a lot of people know from me is 'Cupid's Chokehold,' and they don't scratch the surface and see beyond that dude who sings the song about his girlfriend. With this record, I feel like people are going to take me more seriously as a rapper and hopefully, as a singer as well." (Billboard)

McCoy made headlines earlier this year after publicly being inducted into T-Pain's camp.

In a recent performance documented by a Thr33 Ringz webisode video clip, the Auto-Tune king is shown on stage offering fans a first public announcement of the union. "Check this out, I wanna bring somebody back on-stage," Pain tells the screaming crowd. "I'm gonna make this real quick -- everybody get your phones out, you ready? Ladies and gentlemen, [McCoy] signs to Nappy Boy Entertainment." (Thr33 Ringz)

Travis later confirmed the move and explained how it came about.

"I started working on a couple tracks with [producer] Detail who has done a lot of production for Akon," he explained in an interview last January. "I played a couple of joints for Pain when the tour started [and] he was just blown away. Gym Class Heroes is, was, and always will be the priority. Anybody who has followed Gym Class Heroes knows that I've had seven or eight projects on the side of Gym Class Heroes since the beginning. I always have to be creative or I get depressed and sad. So this is just another project. I just happened to be joining up with Pain and Nappy Boy to get it out there to people." (Digiwaxx Media)

Gym Class Heroes are known for providing a fusion of sounds to their music.

Melding elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk into one cohesive and melodic sound, upstate New York's Gym Class Heroes have diverse appeal based on their impressive musical dexterity. Often touring with indie rock and pop-punk bands, they don't fit comfortably into one specific genre; the quartet's music is rooted in traditional hip-hop, but features live instruments instead of looped samples or beats. Lyrics are often socially conscious, but also incorporate humor and wry perceptiveness. (All Music)

A release date for The Lazarus Project has not yet been revealed.

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