Machine Gun Kelly Says He Will Return To Rap On Next Album

After releasing two consecutive No. 1 pop-punk albums, Machine Gun Kelly has said his intention for his next album is to return to his rap roots that predate his time in the rock world.

That’s what the musician, who released General public sale earlier this year, Audacy’s Kevan Kenney said in a new interview (audio below). The record is MGK’s sixth studio effort overall and second since relaunching his career as a pop-punk artist with 2020’s platinum record. Tickets for my fall. While many have questioned its transition from a mainstream genre to one that reached its commercial peak some 20 years ago, the move was nothing but a complete success.

Anxious not to exhaust his welcome, MGK cited a number of reasons to return to rapping on this sequel proposal. General public sale.

“I’m gonna make a rap album for myself. For no other reason, no points to prove, no chips on my shoulder… If I keep doing things to prove things to people, I’m gonna, un, surrender crazy and secondly not making a good product,” the 32-year-old told Kenney.

“I did Tickets and General public sale because I wanted to do them. I now also have to make people miss that sound,” he continued, “because Tickets and General public sale are companion albums, I don’t think I’ll make a third one it’s so [sonically aligned with the last two albums] going to be exciting unless it’s missed.”

Disclosing the next steps he plans to take, MGK continued, “So I’m going to do this tour and I’m going to enter where I left. [off with 2019’s] Hotel Diablo and developing my storytelling as a rapper and finding an innovative new sound for Machine Gun Kelly hip-hop. That’s where my enthusiasm lies and where I, as an archaeologist of music, want to explore.”

He is always looking for the “next version” of his pop-punk sound and hopes to be hit with the “right inspiration”, as he was sure. General public sale by merging different musical universes, in particular by bringing some of his hip-hop and rap influences to the fold. “It was fun for me because I knew how we could win Tickets“, MGK said of the experience of creating his latest album.

There is, however, more than a rap/hip-hop album on the horizon. A 52-date arena tour with Avril Lavigne and a rotating cast of openers is set to begin June 8 and, two weeks before May 20, the stoner comedy flick Hellofeaturing MGK and Lavigne’s new fiancé and fellow pop-punk rocker Mod Sun, will air on select pay-per-view platforms.

Machine Gun Kelly — Interview with Audacy (April 26, 2022)

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