Machine Gun Kelly returns to sex, drugs and hip hop on ‘Binge’ EP

September 21, 2018

Machine Gun Kelly returns to sex, drugs and hip hop on ‘Binge’ EP

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Regardless of who you think won Machine Gun Kelly’s highly publicized feud with Eminem, no one can accuse MGK of not capitalizing on it.

The Cleveland rapper’s diss track “Rap Devil” soared to the top of the iTunes charts. Now comes “Binge,” a new EP released at a time when Machine Gun Kelly is more in the spotlight than he’s ever been.

As MGK has said, he sold millions of records and starred major movies long before Eminem took jabs at him on “Not Alike.” But even Colson Baker would admit his feud with Slim Shady has earned him a new level of notoriety.

Yet, perhaps surprisingly, “Binge” does nothing to further his beef with Eminem. Sure, “Rap Devil” is featured on the album. But the rest of “Binge” simply finds Machine Gun Kelly getting back to hip hop after large chunk of his 2017 album “Bloom” focused on other genres.

MGK’s return to rapping and catchy wordplay can be invigorating. The bass-heavy “Loco” comes with big boasts of drug use and partying, as well as claims of having sex with women that look like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Likewise, “GTS” is driven by an engaging narrative of MGK’s wild life of sex, drugs and rock and roll. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a theme here; one that may or may not be alarming to fans.

The EP is called “Binge” after all. Drugs remain at the center throughout, as MGK raps “I don’t get regular high/I ain’t no regular guy.”

Clearly after the biggest two years of his career, MGK is clearly fighting more demons than ever. “Binge” veers into darkness and stays there on songs like “Lately” and “Signs,” and mostly stays there.

One can’t help but focus on the recent deaths of friends like Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller as motivation for MGK’s current mentality. But don’t expect the 28-year-old to slow down anytime soon.

“I been getting lit since 11 years old...” he raps on “LiveFastDieYoung.” “I ain’t gonna stop getting high. I ain’t never even gonna even try, even though I almost died.”

Just like Machine Gun Kelly’s issues don’t seem to be going anywhere, neither is the man himself. He has four major movies currently in post-production and plans for another album. Things may only get bigger (and darker) from here.

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