On his forthcoming solo record, entitled "The Lazarus Project," expect to not only hear more of McCoy's singing voice, but also collaborations with friends like Cee-Lo (on "Dr. Feel Good") and Chester French.
"I tried to keep the guest appearances at a bare minimum because this is my first effort away from Gym Class Heroes, so I didn't want it to be super appearance-driven," says McCoy. "It's me showing another side of Travis. There's a lot more singing and a lot more melody, but I think the guests that are on the record are there for a reason and are meant to be on the record."
While the some of the songs on the solo set are produced by T-Pain, the auto-tune is turned off. "That's Pain's thing," says McCoy. Other producers include the up-and-coming Timbaland protégé Hannon, Detail and the Smeezingtons - who also produced "One at a Time."
"I feel like a lot of people in the hip hop world don't take me seriously as a rapper," said McCoy. "And I feel that first-and-foremost I came up as a rapper before I started singing. All a lot of people know from me is "Cupid's Chokehold," and they don't scratch the surface and see beyond that dude who sings the song about his girlfriend. With this record, I feel like people are going to take me more seriously as a rapper and hopefully, as a singer as well."
Still, McCoy has not forgotten about his close childhood friends and band, Gym Class Heroes. According to the frontman, the band's fourth album has seen the group going back to producing itself.
"The first record we put out on Fueled by Ramon, 'The Papercut Chronicles,' we had no idea what the term producer meant," McCoy said. "It was just us writing songs, and we are trying to go back to that - singing in a room and vibing off each other."
Coincidently, in more ways than one as McCoy playfully hints at the title of the new record.
"The new record is called 'P.P.C. 2,'" he chuckled. "I'm not saying that it's 'The Papercut Chronicles 2.' It can be an acronym for many things."
Aside from the solo project and the new Gym Class Heroes record, McCoy is also releasing a mixtape with Clinton Sparks called "The Death Comedy Jam: Vol. 1."
Expect McCoy's solo effort, "The Lazarus Project" sometime in spring 2010 and new Gym Class Heroes later next year. Meanwhile, the documentary, "Travis McCoy's Unbeaten Track," will air on MTV networks around the world on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. McCoy's charity single "One at a Time" will be available as a digital download on iTunes starting the same day.