Cleveland-born artist Machine Gun Kelly has demonstrated his musical versatility in his latest album Tickets To My Downfall, where he went against his hip-hop-heavy past in favour of a new pop-punk sound.
But while the album was generally received positively, some fans have expressed disappointment at MGK’s venture into pop-punk, with many worrying he wouldn’t return to creating the hop hop tracks he is most famous for.
Speaking to HipHopDX in a recent interview to discuss his role in the Netflix movie Project Power, Machine Gun Kelly spoke out on comments that his latest album’s shift to a pop-punk sound meant that he was leaving his hip-hop roots behind.
“No, I’m not leaving hip-hop yet. I’m not leaving here,” Machine Gun Kelly told the publication.
“I mean André 3000 said it my favourite way: ‘Hip-hop is a young man’s game’. So essentially when I don’t have, or when I’ve stopped living a certain way, or if I don’t have the right vigour to deliver my lyrics with, then I’ll stop.”
He continued, “But, I mean, I’m a fresh 30 and I’m still fully out there. So I don’t think hip-hop is going to stop for me at all.”
Explaining his new musical direction, MGK added: “I would like to normalise how we think about doing multiple types of music. I didn’t ‘switch genres’; I’m versatile, and the wall isn’t boxed in. … Limitations would cause you to believe that, because I’ve put out four albums that are rap, I shouldn’t put out a fifth album that’s not rap.”
Among some of the iconic artists who joined MGK for the new album, which was released on September 25th, include Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Trippie Redd, Halsey and more.
Fans can catch Machine Gun Kelly performing the album in full alongside Travis Barker via live stream on Thursday, October 1st.