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Jul 18, 2008

Gym Class Heroes 'Come Clean' On New Disc

On 2006's "As Cruel As School Children," Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy's vice of choice was cocaine (hence "Viva La White Girl"). This time around on "The Quilt," due Sept. 9 via Decaydence/Fueled By Ramen, it's women.

The metaphorical lead single, "Cookie Jar," produced by and featuring The-Dream, and the Estelle-assisted "Innocent" ("I'm guilty 'til proven innocent," he raps about being unfaithful) are both about McCoy's cheating ways. On "Come Clean," he continues on about infidelity, rhyming, "Been cheating and this isn't easy for me because you've been so good to me."

But it's not all about disloyalty. On "Kissing Ears" and the Cool and Dre-produced "Live Forever," featuring Daryl Hall, McCoy leaves his playboy ways behind and opts for lust and love. On the Patrick Stump-produced "Catch Me If You Can" and the piano-laden "Like Father Like Son" ("Papa was a rolling stone / but I want to be on the cover of a Rolling Stone"), McCoy rhymes about his music success, while addressing the skeptics on the drum-heavy "Don't Tell Me It's Over."

Additionally, there are tinges of reggae on "Drunk Txt Romeo" and "Blinded by the Sun," both produced by Fall Out Boy's Stump. "Peace Sign / Index Now," featuring Busta Rhymes is a viral promotional track whose video was released today (July 18) online.

"As Cruel As School Children" reached No. 8 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart. The set has sold 519,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The single "Cupid's Chokehold" climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Source: Billboard.com

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