Let’s face it: MGK has a buzz right now, and that is because he is currently engulfed in a legit rap beef with Eminem. With that being said, the G in MGK must really stand for ‘genius,’ cause today, he took advantage of that buzz by releasing a new EP titled “BINGE.”
5. GET THE BROOM
“Get The Broom” is a good mix of rage and high-octane raps; as a listener, how can you not like that combination?
I actually prefer this version of Machine Gun Kelly more than the other ones you hear on this album. I feel its a more organic one, and fits in line with who he is as a person. As a listener, s**t like that matters when you want to hear music.
Even though “LOCO” is the second song on “BINGE,” it’s really where the album starts. On it, you get absolute mayhem! Powered by this trunk rattling instrumental, MGK reminds the world about his women smashing/drug-taking ways, prompting all the parents of the world to consider putting a parental lock on all of their children’s iTunes libraries.
On the real, I really f**k with the vibes of this song, as it boasts this fun-loving yet bad-assness to it. I also like how Machine Gun Kelly switches between regular rap star and maniac seamlessly throughout it, coming across like a regular joe that’s in the process of being possessed by the devil.
You get two versions of Machine Gun Kelly on this song: A version that can put up a melody comparable to the rappers you hear today, and a version that is introspective and willing to open up about his past.
With drug-usage and depression becoming something we talk about more and more these days, I tend to listen harder to an artist that vents about the daily issues they face, especially when they try to hide it over a infectious melody and quality raps like MGK did here.
Fortunately, s**t isn’t all sad on this song, as the Cleveland rapper does talk about overcoming some serious odds throughout his two verses, too, giving hope to the world that he’ll be around a lot longer than it feels like he will (That can mean a lot of different things, BTW). We need you, MGK, who else is Diddy going to neglect on bad boy if you aren’t around?
On “Nylon,” Machine Gun Kelly gets a chance to take shots at his competition, rep his city and talk about his motivation to be great.
Machine Gun Kelly isn’t the best rapper in the world (🤯) but what I do like about him is that he’s one of the most confident. In this song, he powers through his verses with such bravado/cockiness that it’s hard to believe that he wouldn’t take down even a big name in the game like Eminem. Seriously, his words hit like an anvil on his verses, and the melody he was able to deliver was the icing on the cake when it comes to ruffling n***as feathers. Way to show up on a song that you needed to prove your worth in the game, MGK!
1. RAP DEVIL
If you didn’t know by now (Which I’m liable to slap you if you don’t), Eminem took shots at everybody and their mamas on his latest album. One of the people that he went after was Machine Gun Kelly, and lets just say this, the Cleveland spitter’s response was nothing short of heinous! On it, he takes aim at everything from the Detroit native’s diminishing skills to his hateration of the other rappers in the game. Surprisingly, the song is structured well with a hook and a pretty dope instrumental by Ronny J (The same person that produced Eminem’s diss record towards MGK), and the punchlines that Machine Gun was able to deliver was pretty hot! (His Flow was a bit off at times, though)
Mark my words: Machine Gun Kelly will come out the winner in this beef…
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. LONG TIME COMING OUT (N/A)
2. LOCO (4/5)
3. LATELY (4.5/5)
4. GET THE BROOM (3.5/5)
5. GTS (3.5/5)
6. SIGNS (3.5/5)
7. NYLON (5/5)
8. RAP DEVIL (5/5)
9. LIVEFASTDIEYOUNG (3/5)
Since his emergence onto the music scene, there has been a lot of rappers that have dabbled in the whole rap/rage genre that Machine Gun Kelly currently utilizes, and truth be told, they’ve been pretty successful. But in my opinion, none of these artists do it quite like him, which is why I think getting involved in a highly public rap beef with one of the biggest artists in that genre was a blessing beyond epic proportions for him. Not only because his name becomes relevant to the mass media, but I also think the beef gave him a chance to show the world that there is only one MGK, and when he is motivated, he’s quite the act to follow.
The main thing I like about this album is that its sound is consistent. From start to finish, you get this similar grungy vibe that forces you to be engulfed in Machine Gun Kelly’s world. In that world, you are subjected to an emotional rollercoaster ride in which you might get a chance to experience some of Kelly’s lows, his highs, and my favorite, his ‘oh s**t, the kitchen is burning down’s! Despite portraying this wild and crazy character, Machine Gun Kelly plays quite a composed conductor, never really going off the rails, but also never really playing it safe either.
Listen, I’m one of the people walking this planet that thinks Machine Gun Kelly is a pretty decent rapper, and in this particular project, he did pretty well in that department. I felt like he didn’t force s**t like he usually does, instead, he took whatever the beat gave him and made Lemonade out of it (Whatever the f**k that means). His punchlines were solid, his flows and deliveries were above average (Often times he was using a flow that other rappers use that I wished was retired by now), and his lyrical content was strong. However, my favorite aspect about his rapping on this project was his confidence, as throughout, from song to song, he spit like he belonged; matter of fact, he actually sounded like an elite rap talent that can go toe to toe with just about anyone.
If this is step 2 to the revival of Machine Gun Kelly’s career, I’ll say he’s 2/2. “BINGE” is quite the pleasant surprise, even though it might’ve derived from the musical equivalent of a circus act.