Travie McCoy Recalls His 'Hot Mess' Days On 'When I Was 17'

'In my brain, I was sexy,' Gym Class Heroes frontman laughs on the show, airing Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.

When he was 17 years old, [artist id="2820770"]Travie McCoy[/artist] wasn't the long, lean sex machine most know him as today. Quite the opposite, in fact.

"Travie McCoy at 17 [was] crafty, artistic, but not sexy at all," McCoy laughed. "But in my brain, I was sexy."

But pretty much only in his brain. As an oddly proportioned kid growing up in Geneva, New York, McCoy was a gangly mix of dreads, tats, piercings and, of course, more than a little baby fat. It's the kind of thing he and his [artist id="1904930"]Gym Class Heroes[/artist] mates can look back and laugh at now, but at the time, the situation was downright dire, as you can learn on the next episode of "When I Was 17," airing Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.

"When Trav was 17 — I don't know if he'd want me to tell you guys, but he looked like a hot mess," laughed Gym Class drummer Matt McGinley, who met McCoy in high school and soon formed the group with him. "Trav kinda was big, tall, was a little pudgier than most kids. He was a pretty gnarly-looking kid at 17."

Of course, as we all know, McCoy overcame his awkward phase and has since gone on to become an emo/hip-hop heartthrob of the highest order — the guy who, at one point, had Katy Perry on his arm. And with his first-ever solo album, Lazarus, due next month, his sex-symbol status can only get bigger. So perhaps it's a good thing to look back on his old high school photos and laugh a bit.

"When Travis was 17, he had no game," his friend Chelsey laughed. "[He was] very tattooed, dreads, piercing."

"When I Was 17" — this week featuring McCoy, Kris Allen and Kourtney Kardashian — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.