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Gym Class Heroes Biography


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Birth Place: Geneva, New York, USA
Years Active: 1997–present
Genres: Alternative Hip Hop, Rap Rock


Gym Class Heroes is an American alternative hip hop band from Geneva, New York. The group uses live instrumentation, and is noted for displaying hip-hop influences while performing alongside artists who are mainly considered to be rock, pop-punk, and metal bands. The group formed when Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley in high school and decided to form a band. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts, the group was signed to Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance Records (Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's independent record label), on which they released their debut album.

“The Papercut Chronicles” was released in February 2005 featuring the songs, “Taxi Driver” and “Papercuts.” In 2006, the group released the gold-selling album, “As Cruel as School Children.” It featured the singles, “Cupid's Chokehold” which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and “Clothes Off!!” which peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart. Other singles from the album included, “The Queen and I,” “New Friend Request” and “Shoot Down the Stars.”

In 2008, Gym Class Heroes released their third album, “The Quilt,” which contained numerous collaborations with other artists including Daryl Hall (from Hall & Oates), The-Dream, Estelle and Busta Rhymes. “The Quilt” debuted at #14on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.