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Machine Gun Kelly Slams “Honestly Annoying” Artists Who “Cry About Everything As A Marketing Tool”

today5 October 2020


During an edition of Kerrang! Face To Face, a video chat where artists answer fan questions, Machine Gun Kelly (whose real name is Colson Baker) talked about spirituality, working with Travis Barker, the loss of his father and more. However, his explosive response to his fellow artists who employ emotional manipulators to rake in sales and top charts have been making headlines. Speaking to 50 select fans for an hour-long Zoom chat session, Kelly addressed authenticity as an artist. He quipped,


“Some musicians are honest… they’re honestly annoying,”


As to why he thought that way, he elaborated,


“They cry about everything as a marketing tool and leave no space for people like me who’re like, ‘Yo, I actually never cry about s*** that I wanna cry about, but here I am today ready to cry about some s***.’


The award-winning rapper turned actor didn’t name any of the artists he’s referring to but he did go on to say:


If I’m such an inspiration to somebody, as sad as I am, aren’t I supposed to show that there’s resilience in that sadness? Aren’t I supposed to show that you’re supposed to smile through it? I know the internet’s great, but it doesn’t need to necessarily be the form of how I’m going to let my diary out.”




However, the Cleveland-born rapper refuses to do the same.


“But I won’t do it because you f***** the whole landscape up because you’re crying and went you to your label with a marketing campaign like, ‘Hey, here’s my strategy, I’m gonna tweet every day about how much I hate myself and how sad I am and rack up the sympathy vote.'”


Instead, Kelly prefers to write and record emotional songs within the context of the album. An example of this is in the song ‘Lonely’ from his new record ‘Tickets To My Downfall’. The record has earned Kelly his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The “pop-punk” album is the brainchild of both Kelly and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, who served as producer.


Written by: Marissa Anne

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