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Travie McCoy

Travis McCoy in Binghamton, New York.
Background information
Birth name Travis Lazarus McCoy
Born August 6, 1981 (1981-08-06) (age 28)
Origin Geneva, New York
Genres Alternative Hip-Hop, Rapcore, Indie Rock, Hip-Hop
Occupations Singer, Rapper, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Drums
Years active 1997–present
Labels Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen/Nappy Boy Entertainment
Associated acts Gym Class Heroes, Tyga, Bernie Allen, Tequila Mockingbird, Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy, T-Pain,
Cassie Davis, Bring Me The Horizon

Travis "Travie" McCoy (born August 6, 1981) is the lead vocalist of the alternative hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes.



Travis made his MTV debut in the summer of 2002, as he appeared on stage at the beach house on a standard nation-wide MC Battle that was held on the MTV show Direct Effect.[1]

McCoy was arrested on July 1, 2008 after hitting a man on the head with his microphone. The man had been in the crowd at a concert in St. Louis when he called McCoy a "fucking ignorant nigger."[2] McCoy calmly asked the man, "What did you just call me?" As security was removing the man from the venue, McCoy brought the man on stage to call him out in front of the crowd. In a statement, McCoy's publicist said that the man hit McCoy in his knee, which was in a brace after he had suffered a recent strain.[2]

Guest appearances

Travis McCoy (Schleprok).jpg

McCoy is featured in several music videos for Fall Out Boy. He appears as a vampire in "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me'", and a dancer in their videos for "Dance, Dance" and "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (also singing in the remix.)

He also rapped a verse on the song "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)" video, for the film Snakes on a Plane, alongside Gabe Saporta (of Cobra Starship), William Beckett (The Academy Is...), and Maja Ivarsson (The Sounds).[3] He also sings vocals for Cobra Starship's album ¡Viva La Cobra! in the track "Kiss My Sass". He appears as an onlooker in a crowd in Styles P's video "Daddy Gotta Get That Cash". McCoy collaborated with R&B singer Kelly Rowland in the track called "Daylight", a single from the re-release of her album Ms. Kelly. The video premiered on Vivement Dimanche in France on January 6, 2008. McCoy is also featured on Pink's song "This Is How It Goes Down" from the bonus track version of Pink's album Funhouse.[4]

McCoy, Lil Wayne, & Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy made appearances in the video for McCoy's cousin Tyga's single, "Coconut Juice."[5] McCoy also raps a verse in the song. He made an appearance on rapper Omen's album Be the Judge on the song "Overdose on Life", featuring Drake and Mickey Factz. McCoy makes a cameo in DJ Khaled's video for "Out Here Grindin".[6] He recently collaborated on Australian pop singer Cassie Davis's new single "Differently".

He has signed a solo deal with T-Pain's Nappy Boy Entertainment.

In 2009 he contributed to Bring Me the Horizon's remix album Suicide Season: Cut Up by remixing the track "Chelsea Smile" and was featured in the song "The New Black" by Freddy Madball.

Personal life

In early March 2008, McCoy opened up about his battles with opioids. He stated that he had been addicted to pharmaceuticals since he was 15 years old.[7]

McCoy dated singer Katy Perry, who appeared as his girlfriend in the "Cupid's Chokehold" video and toured along with his band on the Warped Tour, on and off for several years. He had given a promise ring to Perry,[8] and when asked if this was rehearsal for an actual proposal, McCoy shrugged with a grin. The two broke up in December 2008.[9] They began dating again in April 2009.[10] However, they broke up a few months later, and Perry started dating and is due to marry Russell Brand. He was also the subject of Perry's hit "Hot n Cold".[citation needed]

McCoy is a vegetarian.[11]

He is also the cousin of rapper Tyga who is signed to Lil Wayne's record label Young Money Entertainment.


  • 2010: Lazarus.[12]

The album is expected June 8, 2010.[13] The first single from the forthcoming album is "Billionaire" (featuring Bruno Mars), and was released on March 8, 2010.[14] Another single called "The Manual" featuring T-Pain was also released in March and will have a music video.[15]


  1. ^ Gym Class Heroes history
  2. ^ a b Michel, Dan (2008-07-02). "Gym Class Heroes Frontman Arrested For Assault After Reacting to Racial Slur". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  3. ^ Cobra Starship member list
  4. ^
  5. ^ Brown, Todd (2008-03-17). "Pete Wentz, Travis McCoy Celebrate Poolside In Tyga’s ‘Coconut Juice’". MTV. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  6. ^ DJ Khaled - We Out Here Grinding (Behind The Scenes)
  7. ^ "Friday March 7th, 2008". Travie McCoy blog. March 7, 2008. 
  8. ^ White, Nicholas; Jessica Herndon (2008-06-23). "Travis McCoy Gives Katy Perry a 'Promise Ring'". People magazine.,,20208074,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  9. ^ Katy Perry & Travis McCoy Break Up, January 2, 2009
  10. ^ Katy Perry is back with Travis, April 25, 2009
  11. ^ 11 Questions With Travis McCoy, December 28, 2008
  12. ^ Montgomery, James (March 8, 2010). "Travis McCoy Says New Album Is 'Music To Have A Good Time To'". Web site. MTV Networks. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Travie McCoy – Billionaire f. Bruno Mars (Audio)". 2dopeboyz Web site. March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  15. ^

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