The front man for the alternative hip-hop/ rock outfit Gym Class Heroes has gone solo. Well, no, the band hasn’t broken up. Travie is just doing his own project. Lazerus, due out this summer, will take on a more hip-hop tinge than what he’s been doing with his guitar-laden Upstate NY crew but he still kept some of the instruments. Bruno Mars, T-Pain, Patrick Stump, Cee-Lo and Janelle Monae all make appearances on the Travie’s solo debut.
“I’m trying to kill a lot of the negative connotations out there about me doing this solo project,” McCoy told Billboard.com in a recent interview. “A lot of people thought this was the end of the Gym Class Heroes or that Gym Class Heroes was over and I was trying to take the momentum we’ve built with Gym Class Heroes and use it for my own selfish desires. That’s not the case at all. Since the inception of Gym Class in 1997, every member has had another musical outlet, if not three or four. This is just another one of those.”
Meanwhile, he reports that GCH is “12 demos deep” into its next album, which the group plans to record later this year and have out in 2011 — with a working title of “PCC II” for “The Papercut Chronicles II,” a sequel to its 2005 sophomore album.
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