Born Travis Lazarus McCoy
in Geneva, NY, rapper Travie McCoy
first made a name for himself as the lead vocalist of the alternative rap group Gym Class Heroes
. Outside of the band, McCoy
is an accomplished rapper in his own right, having won the MTV Direct Effect MC Battle as well as having guest spots on tracks by Kelly Rowland
. After releasing four albums with Gym Class Heroes
began work on a solo record. In 2010, he released his first album without his band, Lazarus
, on Fueled by Ramen.