The cover art for Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy‘s debut solo album, Lazarus, was revealed online this weekend.
As featured on the cover art, the rocker’s name is shown as “Travie McCoy.”
Travie McCoy flys high on the cover of his solo debut album Lazarus, landing in stores June 8. The Gym Class Heroes frontman’s first single “Billionaire”featuring Bruno Mars is taking off at radio, while the project boasts contributions from T-Pain, Cee-Lo, Detail and The Stereotypes. (Rap-Up)
Last month, McCoy explained why his album’s 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)
He recently 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 below: