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The Papercut Chronicles II, Gym Class Heroes

Gym Class Heroes

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1997 in Geneva, NY

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Gym Class Heroes

Biography

Melding elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk into one cohesive and melodic sound, upstate New York's Gym Class Heroes have diverse appeal based on their impressive musical dexterity. Often touring with indie rock and pop-punk bands, they don't fit comfortably into one specific genre; the quartet's music is rooted in traditional hip-hop, but features live instruments instead of looped samples or beats. Lyrics are often socially conscious, but also incorporate humor and wry perceptiveness. The band's roots date to 1997 in Geneva, New York, when MC Travis "Schleprok" McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during high-school gym class. Wanting to create a new palette for hip-hop, the duo worked with other musicians before Gym Class Heroes were officially born in 2001 with the addition of guitarist Milo Bonacci and bassist Ryan Giese. The guys self-released ...For the Kids that same year. . Melding elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk into one cohesive and melodic sound, upstate New York's Gym Class Heroes have diverse appeal based on their impressive musical dexterity. Often touring with indie rock and pop-punk bands, they don't fit comfortably into one specific genre; the quartet's music is rooted in traditional hip-hop, but features live instruments instead of looped samples or beats. Lyrics are often socially conscious, but also incorporate humor and wry perceptiveness. The band's roots date to 1997 in Geneva, New York, when MC Travis "Schleprok" McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during high-school gym class. Wanting to create a new palette for hip-hop, the duo worked with other musicians before Gym Class Heroes were officially born in 2001 with the addition of guitarist Milo Bonacci and bassist Ryan Giese. The guys self-released ...For the Kids that same year.

Touring nonstop, they recorded The Papercut Chronicles in 2003, which caught the attention of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz before it was even finished. The Heroes were officially signed to his Fueled by Ramen imprint, Decaydance, by September 2004, at which point Bonacci was replaced by guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo. The four-song teaser The Papercut EP preceded the eventual February 2005 release of The Papercut Chronicles, with Eric Roberts replacing Giese on bass. The quartet hit the road hard, spending spring on dates with Midtown, Fall Out Boy, and the Academy Is..., along with hitting the year's SXSW, Bamboozle, and Warped Tour festivals. They also spent part of the summer opening for ska-punks Streetlight Manifesto. A Red Hot Chili Peppers cover song was donated to Fearless' Punk Goes 90s compilation before their follow-up was issued in July 2006.

As Cruel as School Children was produced by S*A*M (Method Man, the Sounds) and Sluggo (aka session bassist Dave Katz) and co-produced by Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump. The album included various guest appearances, including the Academy Is...'s William Beckett and Arrested Development's Speech. They spent that summer supporting the record on the Warped Tour. Gym Class Heroes' profile notably increased at the year's end with the release of the single Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America, which hit number four on Billboard's Hot 100 and remained in constant rotation on radio and MTV during the spring of 2007. After headlining a seven-week U.S. tour called the Daryl Hall for President Tour '07, the group returned to the studio to record The Quilt in 2008, which included guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, and Daryl Hall himself. Afterwards, the band took some time to pursue other side projects, with McCoy releasing his solo album Lazarus and McGinley drumming for Kill the Frontman. In 2011, Gym Class Heroes came back together with the release of Papercut Chronicles II, a sequel to their 2003 label debut.

Top Albums

The Papercut Chronicles II, Gym Class Heroes
1. The Papercut..
As Cruel As School Children, Gym Class Heroes
2. As Cruel As ..
As Cruel As School Children (Bonus Track Version), Gym Class Heroes
3. As Cruel As ..
The Quilt (Deluxe Edition), Gym Class Heroes
4. The Quilt (D..
The Papercut Chronicles, Gym Class Heroes
5. The Papercut..
The Quilt, Gym Class Heroes
6. The Quilt
The Papercut Chronicles II, Gym Class Heroes
7. The Papercut..
As Cruel As School Children, Gym Class Heroes
8. As Cruel As ..
As Cruel As School Children (Bonus Track Version), Gym Class Heroes
9. As Cruel As ..
The Quilt (Deluxe Edition), Gym Class Heroes
10. The Quilt (D..
The Quilt, Gym Class Heroes
11. The Quilt
Stereo Hearts (Remixes) [feat. Adam Levine] - EP, Gym Class Heroes
12. Stereo Heart..
The Fighter (Rock-It! Scientists Remix) [feat. Ryan Tedder] - Single, Gym Class Heroes
13. The Fighter ..
Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch) [Remixes] - Single, Gym Class Heroes
14. Ass Back Hom..
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine) [Karaoke Version] - Single, Gym Class Heroes
15. Stereo Heart..
Cupid's Chokehold - Single, Gym Class Heroes
16. Cupid's Chok..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)Papercut Chronicles II3:30$0.69
2.
Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in..Cupid's Chokehold - Sin..3:58$0.69
3.
Fighter (feat. Ryan Tedder)Papercut Chronicles II3:48$1.29
4.
Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch)Papercut Chronicles II3:42$1.29
5.
Cookie Jar (feat. The-Dream)Quilt (Deluxe Edition)3:36$1.29
6.
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)Papercut Chronicles II3:30$1.29
7.
Clothes Off!!As Cruel As School Children..3:55$1.29
8.
Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast In..Papercut Chronicles4:03$1.29
9.
A** Back Home (Get Yourself Back Hom..Papercut Chronicles II3:42$1.29
10.
Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in..As Cruel As School Children..3:57$1.29
11.
Queen and IAs Cruel As School Children..3:14$1.29
12.
Fighter (feat. Ryan Tedder)Papercut Chronicles II3:48$1.29
13.
Clothes Off!As Cruel As School Children3:55$1.29
14.
PapercutsPapercut Chronicles3:26$1.29
15.
Shell ShockTMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja ..3:16$0.99
16.
Under the BridgePunk Goes 90s3:24$1.29
17.
New Friend Request (Hi-Tek Remix)Snakes On a Plane - The Alb..4:16Album Only
18.
Fighter (Rock-It! Scientists Remix) ..Fighter (Rock-It! Scientist..3:48$1.29
19.
Ass Back Home (Ken Loi Instrumental)Ass Back Home (feat. Neon H..5:42$1.29
20.
Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch) [Ke..Ass Back Home (feat. Neon H..4:18$1.29
21.
Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch) [Ke..Ass Back Home (feat. Neon H..5:42$1.29
22.
Stereo Hearts (Soul Seekers Retronic..Stereo Hearts (Remixes) [fe..6:17$1.29
23.
Stereo Hearts (Dillon Francis Extend..Stereo Hearts (Remixes) [fe..3:46$1.29
24.
Stereo Hearts (Soul Seekers Retronic..Stereo Hearts (Remixes) [fe..3:35$1.29
25.
Stereo Hearts (Dillon Francis Radio ..Stereo Hearts (Remixes) [fe..3:36$1.29

Top Music Videos

Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America, Gym Class Heroes featuring Patrick Stump
1. Cupid's Choke...
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine), Gym Class Heroes
2. Stereo Hearts...
Clothes Off!!, Gym Class Heroes
3. Clothes Off!!
Clothes Off!! (Live at Webster Hall) [Bonus Track], Gym Class Heroes
4. Clothes Off!!...
Cookie Jar (feat. The-Dream), Gym Class Heroes
5. Cookie Jar (f...
Ass Back Home (feat. Neon Hitch), Gym Class Heroes
6. Ass Back Home...
Clothes Off!! (Live at Webster Hall) [Bonus Track], Gym Class Heroes
7. Clothes Off!!...
New Friend Request (All Blurred Version) [Bonus Track], Gym Class Heroes
8. New Friend Re...
Cookie Jar (feat. The-Dream), Gym Class Heroes & The-Dream
9. Cookie Jar (f...
Peace Sign / Index Down (feat. Busta Rhymes), Gym Class Heroes
10. Peace Sign / ...
Snakes On a Plane (Bring It) [With The Academy Is...,Gym Class Heroes & The Sounds], Cobra Starship
11. Snakes On a P...
Cookie Jar (feat. The-Dream), Gym Class Heroes
12. Cookie Jar (f...
Peace Sign / Index Down (feat. Busta Rhymes), Gym Class Heroes
13. Peace Sign / ...
Shoot Down the Stars, Gym Class Heroes
14. Shoot Down th...
The Queen and I (Without She's Your Queen), Gym Class Heroes
15. The Queen and...
Peace Sign / Index Down (feat. Busta Rhymes), Gym Class Heroes & Busta Rhymes
16. Peace Sign / ...
Guilty As Charged (feat. Estelle), Gym Class Heroes
17. Guilty As Cha...
New Friend Request (All Blurred Version) [Bonus Track], Gym Class Heroes
18. New Friend Re...
Martyrial Girl$, Gym Class Heroes
19. Martyrial Gir...


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