Gym Class Heroes‘ frontman Travis McCoy has revealed that the title of his upcoming Nappy Boy debut album has been changed.
According to McCoy, the original title was already the name of a film.
“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)
The Gym Class Heroes front man recently revealed which producers he tagged 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, he 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)
McCoy previewed tracks from the album at a show in New York.
“So for those of you that don’t know. I got a solo project coming out entitled The Lazarus Project. It’ll be out earlier [next year] and tonight we’re going to be playing selections from The Lazarus Project. Thanks again for coming out tonight. In case you didn’t know, this is our first time ever playing any of these songs so you motherf*ckers are getting the first glimpse into The Lazarus Project and I hope you enjoy yourselves.” (SOHH)
No further album details have been revealed as of now.
Check out some Travis McCoy performance footage down below: