Album of the Day
Geneva, New York's high school physical education program may not have produced too many champion athletes, but in Gym Class Heroes, it gave us one of the most exciting alternative rap groups in recent memory. After some of their independent recordings caught the ear of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, he signed the band to his label for THE PAPERCUT CHRONICLES. The 2005 collection is as conversant with indie-punk or the classic rock of Pink Floyd and Supertramp as it is with hip-hop, and Travis McCoy's assured vocals get strong instrumental support on such tracks as “Taxi Driver,” “Faces in the Hall” and “Cupid's Chokehold” (which has become very popular on TikTok of late). Gym Class Heroes revisited THE PAPERCUT CHRONICLES with a sequel six years later, but don't sleep on the original!