To give you a closer look at your favorite artists’ favorite things, Billboard.com is launching “5 Things,” a new package that lets artists open up about their personal preferences. We’re kicking things off with pop-rap singer Travie McCoy, who talked to us about the five artists he’s dying to work with.
After collaborating with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump on “Cupid’s Chokehold” and Bruno Mars on “Billionaire,” McCoy says that he’s anxious to work with more forward-thinking artists. Here’s a list of the Gym Class Heroes frontman’s five dream collaborators:
Since Outkast’s 2006 disc “Idlewild,” the hip-hop duo’s more eclectic half has guested on singles by John Legend and UGK. “I’ve been dying to work with ‘Dre 3000,” says McCoy. “I think he’s another dude that gets it.”
Along with hip-hop artists like Kanye West and The Roots, Common has been featured on tracks by the Jonas Brothers and Joss Stone. McCoy says that the Chicago rapper would be a “no-brainer” to work with, and that the two might “actually be working on some stuff soon.”
McCoy says that he’d love to collaborate with Janelle Monae, whose debut album “The ArchAndroid” debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Since then, the R&B upstart has appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and opened for alt-rock group Of Montreal.
“I listen to Calvin Harris a lot,” says McCoy of the 26-year-old Scottish producer. Harris has released two albums of electro-pop since 2007 and has issued remixes of Katy Perry, Primal Scream and Shakira, among others.
After seeing the success Danger Mouse had working with artists like Gorillaz, Cee Lo Green and The Shins’ Jame Mercer, McCoy says he would love to get in on the action. “I really respect that dude,” says McCoy. “I think if we did an EP together it’d be crazy.”