News: Travis McCoy On Drake's Buzz, "Here We Are Today & He Is 'That' Dude"
Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:55PM
Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy recently talked about his relationship with Lil Wayne and Drake's current music buzz.
McCoy also discussed his final talks with Wayne before he began a one-year jail sentence in Rikers Island.
"Actually, I did speak to him beforehand," Travie said about Wayne. "He was at Hit Factory grinding, like when he was making ten videos [during Super Bowl weekend]. I basically told him to keep his head up. I haven't had a chance to write him, but I just got his address...I met [Drake] in Toronto and we kicked it all day. He is such a humble and sweet dude. Super-talented. It was the same vibe I got when I met Bruno. I was like, "This dude is gonna be a star." You catch that vibe and here we are today and he is that dude. When you have that much hype behind you, there are gonna be a ton of people questioning you. I'm sure Wale and Asher went through it. People are gonna try and see what the hype is about and test it." (Complex)
McCoy recently explained why his upcoming new album title was shortened.
"Unfortunately we had to change the title to just Lazarus, because there's already this movie out there called 'The Lazarus Project,' " he explained in an interview. "So we're just calling the record Lazarus now. It's more to the point...It's hard to put a stamp on the record. With anything I do, it's hard to categorize it. With any project, I just go in and blindly start writing songs and then find out which way we want to go with it. This one took a bit longer to find the lane." (MTV)
Earlier this year, he revealed which producers were secured for the solo project.
"[Laugh] Nah, nah, what you hear on the record is all Travis, no Auto-Tune," he promised in an interview. "T-Pain did a bunch of stuff; Cannon, who's an up-and-coming producer--he's amazing--and works under the Timbaland camp; Detail, who's outrageous--I did a bunch of joints with him. I got Cee-Lo on the record for a song called 'Dr. Feel Good,' which might me the unofficial first single to get a buzz going for the record, so that might be one of the first songs your hear." (XXL Mag)
Last fall, Travis explained why there was not a large emphasis on snagging collaborations.
"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)
Check out some Travis McCoy performance footage down below: