We’ve had the honor of Patrick Stump, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey and Oh Land treating us with their picks for the year’s best music, and now Travie McCoy and Matt McGinley of Gym Class Heroes tell us which albums made their 2011 totally rock. It goes without saying that this year was a big one for Gym Class Heroes — after taking a break so that McCoy could drop his solo LP, Lazarus, the hip-pop-rap group returned to release The Papercut Chronicles II, scoring a Top 10 hit with their single “Stereo Hearts”, which has a permanent spot on our stereo.
So what killer tunes did Travie and Matt love the most from the past 12 months? Jump below to find out.
Matt kept it in the Fueled By Ramen family when picking his favorite album — The Swellers’ Good For Me. “It feels like a genuine reproduction of a band I would have loved in high school,” he tells us. “Right now, they’re one of the bands that’s interesting me the most.”
As for Travie, he was a huge fan of Submarine, an EP from Arctic Monkeys member Alex Turner — particularly the track “Stuck On A Puzzle”. “From a lyricist standpoint, he’s just so straightforward with his lyrics,” he says. “There’s no tricks — everything is so relatable.”
Gym Class Heroes’ The Papercut Chronicles II is out now on Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen. Purchase it on eMusic.