Travie McCoy Fires Back at Katy Perry

If you believe the stories about how tumultuous the relationship between Katy Perry and Travie McCoy was, it really shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the two of them have, at least musically, taken shots at one another.

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In McCoy’s hit “Billionaire” he slides in what many consider to be a knock at Perry with the lines “You can call me Travie Claus minus the ‘Ho Ho’/Get it?”

Perry, on the other hand, channeled her hurt from the relationship into a song called “Circle the Drain,” which she has described as her own personal “You Oughtta Know.”  The lyrics appear to reference McCoy’s documented issues with drugs, saying things like “You fall asleep during foreplay/’Cause the pills you take, are more your forte,” and “You say you have to write your rhymes/Whatever helps you sleep at night/You’ve become what you despise/A stereotype.”  Slant Magazine’s review of the song even mentioned “she’s almost less sympathetic than the pill-popping object of her scorn. Her put-downs are alternately pedantic (“Wanna be your lover, not your fucking mother”) and hypocritical (she’s offended that he takes drugs before foreplay, but wasn’t she the one blacking out and hooking up “Last Friday Night”?).”

Well, now McCoy has commented on Perry’s song.  When asked about it by MTV, he said:

“I heard she put out a song that’s about me, or about some old habits or whatever.  [And] I look at it like this: I’m just stoked that she finally has a song with some substance on her record. Good job.


Okay, Travie, I’ll admit, I LOL’d.  But at the same time: you’re not in high school anymore.  While I think there’s totally something to be said for getting your feelings out about someone or something via song, taking swipes like this in interviews doesn’t make you look like the bigger person.  Granted, neither does Katy harping on your drug issues in song, but that was kind of a different story.  And, hey, at least you managed to get out of being repeatedly called “gay” (but even if you had been it wouldn’t have been in, like, a homophobic way or anything).

What do you guys think of Travie’s reaction?