MGK Says He's Scared To Listen To Eminem's "MMLP2"
Machine Gun Kelly also describes advice from Diddy, says the Bad Boy founder "kept [me] from saying 'fuck the industry.'"
Cleveland native and Bad Boy signee Machine Gun Kelly recently confirmed that he's working on a second album for Interscope Records during an interview with Montreality.
In the interview, which took place in a dressing room before one of MGK’s shows, the rapper confirmed the plans while keeping his cards close about the nature of the release itself. “Yeah man, I’m working on this next album,” he said. “It’s gonna be my sophomore album with this label, with Interscope. So that’s all I gotta say about that. I’m excited about it, I’m super excited about it. It’s so early in the process I can’t say much.”
In his recent interview with Montreality, which can be streamed in full below, the emcee also described his working relationship with the Bad Boy founder. “I think the most profound conversation I’ve had with Puff would be when I fuck up, and it’s a bad fuck up, and I get that call,” MGK said. “And I’m at the point where nothing that my team could say to me means anything. I don’t wanna hear what he has to say. When I see him call, I’m like, ‘I don’t wanna hear what anyone has to say,’ because I’m stuck in my way. But he’ll call and he’ll say something that makes so much sense, and it’s from someone who had a hot head and you saw [growing] up. He’ll just say it in a way that no one else can say it, and you’re like, ‘Fuck, he teaches you a lesson.’ He’ll mind fuck you. You’re so positive, you’re like, ‘I’m not gonna listen to shit he has to say. I’m stuck in my way.’ And then he says it and you’re like, ‘Damn, man, I don’t even want to listen to it but he’s totally right.’ So, I think he kind of kept me from saying, ‘Fuck the industry’ to the point where I really left the whole industry as a artist. I was so close to just taking both feet out instead of keeping one foot in the real world and one foot in the industry, which I think I do well. He at least helped me keep that foot in.”
The Black Flag rapper signed on as an artist to the Bad Boy label more than two and half years ago.
Speaking about the latest release from his self-proclaimed idol Eminem, MGK admitted to not having heard The Marshall Mathers LP 2 yet. “I’m still scared to listen to it,” he said. “I’m scared to listen to it ‘cause that’s my idol. That’s my idol, I feel like he’s said all he has to say. Of course I’m gonna love anything he does, I would hope people would be the same with me. Have I listened to it? No. Am I scared to listen to it? Yes. Do I want to listen to it? Dude, I wanted to listen to it the second I even heard he was recording it. I’m scared to make that step, ‘cause I don’t ever wanna look at my idol like, ‘Uhhh.’ I hear so many different things, but fuck people’s opinions I’ll make my own. I’l listen to it when I get off tour.”
In HipHopDX’s 2013 interview with Machine Gun Kelly shortly before the release of Black Flag, the rapper commented on his own hopes to see his home city in a positive light. “I can’t wait until Cleveland is in headlines for something positive like hosting the All-Star game,” he said. “I want to see Cleveland in a positive way. As positive as that situation is, it’s still, ‘Cleveland’s got a criminal.’ There’s so much positive stuff in that city I want everybody to see. Every time they see us it’s like a gun shot, three kidnappings. It’s like, ‘God damn.’ Machine Gun Kelly gets arrested, it’s like, ‘God damn.’ We need a fucking cartoon; we need a God damn cartoon. We have one! It’s ‘The Cleveland Show,’ it’s just not in Cleveland.”