We all look forward to what Machine Gun Kelly has to say… Especially when it’s him saying he revived rock. Yep. Strap on in for this one.
In a new interview with Billboard, the rapper turned pop-punk artist Machine Gun Kelly said that his 2020 album, Tickets To My Downfall, “opened the lane back up for people to make money. It opened up these festivals. [Rock] needed a defibrillator. Who cares who gives it, just as long as that motherfucker doesn’t die?”
In that same interview, he also spoke about his shift from rap to pop-punk artist:
“I know it kills certain bands in that community that I got the success that I got. But I earned that shit. Dude, I was fucking loading up the van with our drums and amps in 2010, driving to Indiana and Chicago, playing Warped Tour. I can tell you the fucking Wi-Fi codes to venues in Blackfoot, Idaho. Can you say that shit as a band?”
Some mighty big words there Colson (Machine Gun Kelly’s legal first name). “Opened the lane back up for people to make money.” “Opening up these festivals.” Rock may certainly be a different musical landscape than it was in the past, but did Machine Gun Kelly “revive rock?”
What are your thoughts on what Machine Gun Kelly had to say in the interview? Does rock even need a revival?
The new album from Machine Gun Kelly is called Mainstream Sellout, which is out today. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has overseen the production of Mainstream Sellout (among a plethora of other producers). The album features guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Willow, an interlude that includes comedian and SNL star Pete Davidson, and Bring Me The Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes. You can check out the official lyric video for the song featuring Sykes, “Maybe,” below:
Words by: Michael Pementel