Gym Class Heroes Are '18, 19 Demos Deep' Into New Album, Says Travie McCoy
Gym Class Heroes Are '18, 19 Demos Deep' Into New Album, Says Travie McCoy

Travie McCoy is wrapping up a year in which he focused on his solo debut album "Lazarus" and hit single "Billionaire," but the rapper says that he'll spend 2011 alongside his band, Gym Class Heroes.

At the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, McCoy told Billboard.com that the group has been working on the follow-up to 2008's "The Quilt," which will be called "The Papercut Chronicles II." "We're about 18, 19 demos deep, "McCoy says. "Some are in the very, very embryonic stages, and some are more refined."

Video: Travie McCoy at Z100 Jingle Ball

McCoy says that while he's focused on promoting "Lazarus" over the holidays, January and February are set aside for him to rejoin his bandmates -- guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, bassist Eric Roberts and drummer Matt McGinley -- in the studio. "The guys are actually upstate right now working on it while I finish up the holiday stuff, and then I'll be heading upstate to work on it," McCoy says. "I can't wait to finish it."

Meanwhile, fans of McCoy's solo material can expect to hear more of it next year. "We'll Be Alright," the third single from "Lazarus," will be released in January. "I'm stoked on that," McCoy says.

McCoy performed "Billionaire" with Bruno Mars at Jingle Ball, whose lineup also included Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, B.o.B, Selena Gomez, Michael Bublé and Enrique Iglesias.

Photos: Pop Stars Play Z100 Jingle Ball

(Reporting by Monica Herrera)