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Papercut Chronicles

Gym Class HeroesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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If you thought Gym Class Heroes were difficult to categorize in the past, with their latest release, The Quilt, it’s literally become impossible – and we mean that in the best way imaginable. In fact, the follow-up to 2006’s gold-selling As Cruel As School Children doesn’t just see the band expanding on their unique blend of hip-hop, rock, soul and punk, but ... Read more in Amazon's Gym Class Heroes Store

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fueled By Ramen
  • ASIN: B0007KIFPA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Za Intro
2. Papercuts
3. Petrified Life And The Twice Told Joke / Decrepit Bricks
4. Make Out Club
5. Taxi Driver
6. So Long Friend
7. Everyday's Forecast
8. Pillmatic
9. Simple Living
10. Cupid's Chokehold
11. Faces In The Hall
12. Graduation Day
13. Apollo 3-1-5
14. Wejusfreestylin' Pt2
15. To Bob Ross With Love
16. Papercuts / The Reason For The Lesions
17. Nothing Boy VS. The Echo Factor
18. Band Aids

Editorial Reviews

NY's four-piece hip-hop band uses live instruments and musicians instead of looped samples and canned beats. Their original sound fuses crisp guitar rhythms, deep melodic bass lines, head cracking beats, and conscious lyrics. Laced with honesty and sincerity, "The Papercut Chronicles" captures the complexity of the group as people, while showcasing phenomenal songwriting abilities way beyond their age.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
I was given a copy of this album by a friend, with no previous information on what I was about to listen to. At first, I was pleasantly surprised with this- I hadn't heard a hip-hop band in a while, and The Roots haven't been quite as inventive as of late. As the album progressed though, it's original sheen wore off a bit, and I was left with mixed feelings about it. Travis is reminiscent of a Slim Kid Tre circa The Pharcyde's melancholy phase on Labcabincalifornia- just a little less charismatic. And while he's not a phenomenal emcee by any means, he's definitely not bad either. His lyrics are decent, as is his delivery (though he's no Pharaohe Monch), but he just lacks the charisma and personality to make him stand out more. As it stands, he sounds like he could be another Battle Axe Records signee and trendy subject matter like "Pillmatic" doesn't help; take that how you will. I notice a lot of reviewers here praising how refreshing the subject matter is in terms of rap today, and if all you've been exposed to is the rap they play on MTV and BET, then I guess I can't fault you. If you like this sound though, I really recommend you check out not only current rappers/rap groups who do this better such as Atmosphere (whose DJ, Mr. Dibbs, appears on the remix here), Sage Francis, Jean Grae, Blackalicious, but early 90's acts such as Souls of Mischief, The Pharcyde, Common Sense, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul etc. For example, on "Taxi Driver," Travis flips a concept that Genius/GZA from Wu-Tang Clan has been doing better since "Labels" in the mid 90's. The band itself sounds fresh at first, but after a while becomes repetitive, displaying the gap in scope between them, and say, a more adventurous and diverse hip-hop band like The Roots. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "so screw you, we're true warriors like Shaka Zulu" January 29, 2006
By JOEY G
Format:Audio CD
From Fueled By Ramen records, GCH are different from all the other bands on the label. They mix rock / indie music with a hip-hop / rap style, which would seem hard to do, but they do it to perfection. Travis, the lead vocalist, has a really good flow and meaningful lyrics to go along with it. The standout tracks to me would have to be "Papercuts", "Cupids Chokehold", "Faces In the Hall", and "Taxi Driver."

If you like music such as the The Roots or N.E.R.D. or if you just want to try something new, check out The Papercut Chronicles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF 2005 February 24, 2005
By cj
Format:Audio CD
this cd is one of the best this year, GCH's unique style and smooth beats can capture the attention of any fan. GCH blends punk/indie with hip hop and it creates a very unique style that can be matched by no other band. GCH is just as good live, if their tour comes near you, you should def go see them. any fan of hip hop (bands like the roots), or even punk bands(such as fall out boy) will enjoy this cd. it's def worth $12..so buy it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Indie Hip-hop Album. May 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I started listening to Gym Class Heroes a few years back, in mid 2005 I believe, and absolutely fell in love. I am a diehard hip-hop head at heart, loving emcees like Rakim, Eminem, Saul Williams, The Roots and the like...So the fact that this kid was saying some of the best, most original lines I've ever heard in my entire life amazed me. One of the greatest hip-hop lines I have ever heard is still "Catch me in the source with 5 pills next to my name; like f*ck 5 mics I want 5 vic fame".

On top of this, I am also a diehard indie fan...So finding this band, a deffinate mix of both genres blew my mind. I listened to it non stop, saw every show that came within 120 miles of my home town and became obsessed.

Then of course they blew up. Cupids Chokehold came out, and every pop kid under the sun fell in love...I had to hate them, for at least a while. Typically when this happens with a band, I lose all interest and never listen to htem again. I expected the same of GCH.

But it didn't happen. Despite the fact you can't say your a fan without getting laughed at, I cannot help it. Any hip-hop fan that talks (S word I can't say) would be shut up in a half a second if they heard a song like Pillmatic or Shoot Down The Stars, and any emo/indie fan wouldn't be able to say another word after hearing 7 weeks or even Papercuts.

If you are a music fan, you have to give these guys a listen. They are one of the best genre bending bands I have ever heard, and I believe have the ability to keep coming for a good 5 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GYMCLASSHEROS!!!!!! April 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the best true rap album out their. Two nights ago i was at their show with Fall Out Boy and The Academy is.... and this band was so good. I was totally turned on by them. After the concert i chilled with the lead vocalist Ryan and he is the coolest cat he just let me listen to some of his new songs on his ipod i'm telling you this is the real stuff MTV can't touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is real hip-hop. March 2, 2005
By Thew
Format:Audio CD
This cd is solid gold. I used to be into rap years ago but was turned off by the commericalism that suddenly flooded the airwaves. Gym calss heroes are real hip hop, bringing together a real band, ala the roots, and rapping about different life situation through stories and rhyme. no "flashy rap" or "street rap" anywhere on this cd but it still feels realer then any 50 cent song can bring you... This is their 2nd album, first after being signed, and the step they made since thier last is just remarkable.. These guys are really something special wether you like rap or emo, it easily slides into both genres bringing a freshness that both were also lacking.

highlights : Make out club, Cupids Chokehold, Faces in the Hall, and the freestyle in wejusfreestylin is crazy.

also if you got the free cd that contains remixes from fueled by ramen artists its even more worth your money. the highlight on that is easily the overrated fall out boy which for once sounds original.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra gift
I got this for my boyfriend because he loves this album. Unfortunately, he already had a digital copy that I didn't know about! Good album nonetheless.
Published 9 months ago by StrawberryPinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Travie is the man!!
If you haven't heard these guys then get out from under that rock! Go get all albums now! Check out Travie's tattoos I especially like the Darryl Hall & John Oates album cover on... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marsha Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
i have always loved this cd and i needed to get it to complete my gch set. I love it
Published 17 months ago by Miranda Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gym Class Heroes' best CD ever! Hands down!
This is by far the bands best album. Their two newest albums have definitely lost their hip hop feel, and were real disappointments to me. Read more
Published on March 30, 2009 by A. Sheldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
It may not be the best hip-hop act that's rising, but GCH has a certain flare to them. Not the most intelligent lyrics, but good playfully fun lyrics. Props. Recommended brah.
Published on December 23, 2007 by J. Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Gym Class Heroes worth the money
I'm not going to start by saying this album was refreshing, but do have to say it was very good or close to excellent. Read more
Published on August 17, 2007 by D. Lamarque
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprised it is not labeled: Explicit
I had never heard of Gym Class Heroes until "Cupid's Chokehold" came out. I heard it on the radio while driving with my young son. Read more
Published on June 4, 2007 by Christmas Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love gym class heores thats why i purchased the cd. this cd wasnt scratch so thats good i bought it mew anyway.
Published on April 1, 2007 by Krystal Alcaide
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Definitely a great cd. I got to check GCH out live at the warped tour and immediately got the cd. Great buy and definitely wasnt a let down
Published on August 23, 2006 by C. Brogdon
5.0 out of 5 stars fbr did it again
i only have one thing to say: travis schleprok is my hero
Published on June 10, 2006 by C. Stodola
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when will this trend end? take this album and the rest of this pop and...
Actually, old AFI is punk.

And if anyone calls Gym Class Heroes punk then yeah, they're morons, so I don't really know what to say there.

Learn to type though. I stopped reading like halfway through that...
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