Gym Class Heroes / One Step Away / Lily Halpern / Wallpaper / The Wanted / Carly Rae Jepsen / Jo Jo / Karmin / Andy Grammer / Adam Lambert / Hot Chelle Rae / Sammy Adams / Enrique Iglesias / Neon Hitch / Flo Rida / Outasight Big Chocolate / Before Their Eyes / Less Than Jake / Juliet Simms / August Burns Red / Asking Alexandria / The Narrative / Relient K / Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows / Dance Gavin Dance / There for Tomorrow / Gym Class Heroes / Every Avenue / The Devil Wears Prada / We Came As Romans Attack Attack!In 2005, Gym Class Heroes released their Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen debut The Papercut Chronicles, a classic coming-of-age album that spawned the platinum, record-setting Top 40 No.“These songs are more personal than the ones on Lazarus,” Mc Coy says.“Not that there aren’t fun moments but I felt like it was time to tap into the things that I’ve gone through since the last Gym Class record as fuel for writing lyrics for this album."Cupid's Chokehold" (also known as "Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America") is a single performed by Gym Class Heroes featuring Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.
Then came the out-of-left-field tour news of the year.
Some of the songs touch on emotional issues, such as the daddy tribute track “Like Father, Like Son (Papa’s Song)”, but Mc Coy lacks the thematic depth, lyrical cleverness, and linguistic ability to make very much compelling material.
Though I suppose they do deserve credit for putting out an album with overly positive messages. They are more a part of the pop punk community than the hip hop community and for that the hip hop snobs will either hate them or pay them no attention.
I went and scrubbed my toilet and listened to Okkervil River for a little while. There are not many artists I can say that I truly hate. But even though I do not particularly enjoy this group’s brand of inoffensive pop-rap, and probably will not listen to them again until the day their next album is released, I do recognize their right to exist and even think that they serve a valuable purpose within the hip hop world.
As the editor of a hip hop website, I am obligated to listen to their new album. Then I hit track seven, the abysmal single “Cookie Jar”, and I realized I needed to take a break.