After releasing two pop punk albums, Machine Gun Kelly is ready to return to making rap music.
As reported by Metal Injection, per an interview with Kevan Kenney of Audacy, MGK shared that he plans to return to the world of rap for his next project. As Machine Gun Kelly puts it, the return to rap is for himself and “For no other reason, no point to prove, no chip on my shoulder.”
Per Machine Gun Kelly, he shared the following:
“I’m going to make a rap album for myself. For no other reason, no point to prove, no chip on my shoulder… If I keep doing things to prove things to people, I’m going to, one, drive myself crazy and, two, not make a good product.”
“I made Tickets and Mainstream Sellout because I wanted to make them. I need to now also make people miss that sound because Tickets and Mainstream Sellout are companion albums, I don’t think making a third that’s so [similar to those] is going to be exciting unless it’s missed.”
Later in the interview, Machine Gun Kelly shared that he’s “going to do this tour and I’m gonna step into where I left Hotel Diablo and expand on my storytelling as a rapper and find a new innovative sound for the hip-hop Machine Gun Kelly. That’s where my excitement is and where me as a music archaeologist wants to explore.”
Listen… to each is own if an artist wants to cover a variety of genres and styles. Not going to give MGK shit for that… THAT SAID – those claims about “reviving rock” smell like stronger bullshit now.
Between his collaborations with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes, as well as covering a System of a Down song – it actually sort of looked like MGK was striving to make an effort to push himself into the heavy music world.
But of course, the dude seems to be full of it. Way to “revive” a genre and then bounce. Cool Colson.
What are your thoughts on MGK releasing two pop punk albums and now returning to the world of rap?
Words by: Michael Pementel