Machine Gun Kelly Defends His Lyrical Ability As "Genius," Explains Apologizing To Jimmy Iovine

Exclusive: MGK explains his dogged quest for respect, the race factor, and what separates him from "friendly" White rappers like Mac Miller.

“I got a lot of family and you got a lot of fans / That’s why the people got my back like the Verizon man” – Jay Electronica, “Exhibit C”

Almost every emcee these days asserts that they have a “movement” of dedicated supporters showing and proving their loyalty to them, but very few actually do have the truly committed masses they claim to have holding them down.

But after just one viewing of the latest promo video for Machine Gun Kelly, no one can deny that the DXnext alum’s “Lace Up” movement has become one of the most powerful forces of “famdom” in Hip Hop today. In the aforementioned clip, an entire Best Buy’s worth of subscribers to MGK’s motivational movement – both male and female, White and Black, young and younger – share their emotional stories of sleeping on the cold concrete in Kelly’s adopted hometown of Cleveland, Ohio just to get a glimpse of their heartfelt hero while showing off their “Lace Up” tattoos and stacks of personally purchased copies of Lace Up the album.

So while sales figures for MGK’s just-released studio debut can never and will never even come close to matching the staggering 27 million YouTube views Kells’ now gold-certified first single “Wild Boy” has amassed, the movement a 22-year-old mohawked, tatted-up White guy with an eye-grabbing Punk Rock-meets-Hip Hop swag has inspired into an allegiant army of followers in just the last couple of years remains nothing short of remarkable.

During his most recent conversation with HipHopDX, the magnetic free spirit shared some of his contagious passion that has spawned a following unlike anything most of his contemporaries have ever seen. And in a respectfully polite and professional manner, the raucous rhymer shared some brutally honest commentary in response to the response his movement has garnered from some in the media and other self-appointed critics who have questioned the capabilities of the rapid-fire “Rage” rapper. The second spitter signed to Bad Boy Entertainment (which is distributed by Interscope Records) in the last five years to actually see his album make it to store shelves concluded his candid discussion with DX by revealing what it will take for his detractors and even his most supportive “Lacers” alike to get the full story of how one misunderstood kid became the inspiration to so many.

Photograph by Jonathan Mannion.

Machine Gun Kelly Discusses His Songwriting

HipHopDX: I don’t know if anyone has asked you about this yet, but I’ve been wanting to know what inspired that discussion between you and Waka [Flocka Flame] in the “Wild Boy” video about whether or not each of you considers yourself to be a good rapper?   

MGK: Oh, that’s such a great question. The one thing I always trademarked in my videos – if you watch all of my videos, even if you watch the “Stereo” video that just came out, there’s always like an interruption in the middle …. It’ll be like a skit. It’s actually something that really happened. So that conversation really happened. [And] I always tell ‘em like, “Yo, go put that part in the video.”

Me and Waka [Flocka Flame], we had become like closer and closer to the point where we just feel like we can make fun of each other. The one thing me, you, critics, anybody that makes fun of Waka [for] is that he’s not lyrical, he can’t rap. And like, we wanted to fuckin’ make fun of the shit. He knows; he makes fun of himself for it. So we just decided to make fun of it and everybody thought it was mad funny ….

DX: I noticed that you weren’t willing to acknowledge any sort of lesser-than status [during that discussion]. And I just watched your interview with The Breakfast Club where you were getting genuinely frustrated with Charlamagne’s refusal to recognize your lyrical ability. Why do you care so much about what media or any other critic has to say about whether you’re a lyricist or not?

MGK: That’s a great point. My boys always ask the same question. They’re like, “Why would you give a fuck, man?” And... [pauses] dude, I think just from not being accepted when I was growing up I think this is kinda like high school for me, so I’m like, “Why don’t you [like me]?”

This is like a continuation of high school. I’ve always found myself not accepted. And, it’s funny ‘cause a lot of the times I won’t be accepted because of my own doing. Like, I’ll walk in and be like, Fuck everybody, fuck other artists, fuck people’s opinions, fuck critics and all this shit, and then I’ll turn around when people don’t like me [and] be like, “Why don’t you like me?”

But also I just think I have a really big personality that a lot of people just aren’t ready for, so … I’ll admit that the muthafucka [Charlamagne Tha God] ended up pushing my buttons, but that won’t ever happen again.   

DX: Well, this isn’t intended to push your buttons but I do wanna explore this “lyricist” title a little bit...

MGK: Nah, please explore, man.

DX: When I personally think of an emcee that embodies the term “lyricist,” I think of cats like Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, J.Cole. When you refer to your lyrical ability are you speaking specifically about your flow, or do you think your writing ability is on par, is equal to, theirs?

MGK: First off, I speak exactly on what’s going on in my life. I don’t have to tell other people’s stories like other artists do. I have enough shit that goes on in my life where I can speak on my life and not have to make up and tell other people’s stories.

Granted, I am telling other people’s stories but I’m telling other people’s stories that are going through the exact same thing I’m going through. So I think the fact that I can take what’s going on in my world – which is a world that three-fourth’s of the world will never understand – and explain exactly what’s going on and put that pain and passion into it, I think my lyrical ability is fuckin’ genius.

I just know that I have a skin color. [And] I know that I didn’t take the friendly White-boy rapper route. I took the route that was like, Yo, I grew up like this; this is exactly what the fuck I’m seeing. You can hear it in my voice; you’ll hear it in my interviews. And, frankly, I’m done with people not acknowledging that fact.

“Fought every temptation, shit, I guess I’m David Ruffin, huh?” Like that line right there [from “See My Tears”] is a beautiful line, amongst thousands of other lines I’ve said that will just continue to be looked over. [But] eventually y’all muthafuckas are gonna catch this shit and be like, “Goddamn, he was speaking on so many things this whole time.”

Just because I came out with “Wild Boy” and not a song that – And just so everybody knows, “Wild Boy” just happens to be the first song muthafuckas heard. They didn’t hear [“Lead You On”] when I spoke on heroin addiction.

Or, “The Return” when I rapped four minutes with no chorus about just reality.

People just happened to hear “Wild Boy.” [But] even if you listen to “Wild Boy,” the way I flipped that and made a party song while still [being creative]. I told a story about smoking, drinking and fucking raging and it still was like a legitimate story without blatantly saying “I smoke weed, I drink and I party.” [Starts rapid-fire rhyming] “Bring it back into the states, put it on the scale / Measure out a half a eighth, put it in a shell / Split it then I roll it then light it up like it’s Independence Day / I got a bottle rocket, put it in the air.”

Wiz [Khalifa], who’s a good friend of mine, can say “I roll up,” I did this and this, and it’s very simple and easy for you to understand. And he’s put in the Top 10, but I’m put in like the negative 30. Like, I’m just lost on where the criticism is being [fairly doled out].

DX: You think the rapid-fire delivery is camouflaging the words …?

MGK: I 100% think the fast shit is definitely taking [away from the appreciation of my lyrics]. I definitely think it’s fuckin’ it up.

DX: You mentioned the powerful message of overcoming obstacles that runs through your album. Is that the main component in your rhymes that you want folks to connect with?

MGK: Yeah. I mean, isn’t that what we got in Hip Hop for? To like capture what happens in the environment? Like, Run-DMC let us know what was going on in Queens; I’m letting people know what’s going on in Cleveland.

DX: I was just listening to “See My Tears” and it really was like the song that took me out of your image. I wasn’t thinking about a crazy-looking guy jumping around on stage, I was thinking about how powerful the music and message of surviving struggle is and how I can personally relate to that.

MGK: Thank you, man. I’m glad you appreciate that track. That makes me stoked to hear that you listened to that song. I wish more people would listen to it.

DX: Yeah, in a perfect world that woulda been the first single.

MGK: Dude, right?

DX: I mentioned your image. I mean, it’s the obvious question: do you think your image and antics on and off stage are --

MGK: -- Yep.

DX: Overshadowing the actual music?

MGK: Yep. Yep. Without you even finishing the question, I already [know my answer]. Trust me dog, every question you’re asking me is like the question no one else asks me, but I think about every day.

Machine Gun Kelly Explains Being True To His Core & Who He Is

DX: So what do you do to overcome that? I mean, do you like calm it down, do you change; I mean, what do you do? Or do you just say “fuck it”?

MGK: You know what man? You just keep coming until they realize that they’ve been  missing something that the rest of the world isn’t missing. You just keep coming, dog.

I’ll tell you like this, man, in my honest opinion, I think it’s beautiful that someone can come out with a song called “Wild Boy” and truly be a wild boy. I thought that was the whole part of why we love music and musicians, was that they lived up to the image they talked about? Gunplay was a gangster rapper; he went out like a fuckin’ gangster. It’s great to see people live what they talk about. That’s why I’m kind of shocked like, I thought this is what we all wanted in Hip Hop?

DX: Now, I gotta ask a bit of a hard-body question. You told DJ Semtex that rocking a Rock style of dress, but also the color of your skin is what is keeping some people from appreciating your ability. With some time to reflect on that statement, do you regret using skin color as a defense to why some folks don’t dig your rhyming?

MGK: No. Because, like I said, it has to do with how my image is. Mac Miller is a friendly White rapper. It’s easy to accept a friendly White rapper because what’s the automatic perception of a White boy? That he’s a nice kid.

[If you’re White] then I’m sure you know if you came out talking some hard shit … Do you think people would believe you? You could be the hardest muthafucka in the world, but because of your skin color [people won’t believe your story]. I mean, if you came out in sandals and talked about what was going on in Jeffrey’s house everyone would be like, “Oh, this is cool. I dig Jeffrey.” But when you come out and you say whatever the fuck of the numerous wild things I say then you’re [dismissed].

DX: But you know I gotta spin that: if you were Black, would there even be this level of attention on what you’re doing?

MGK: Good point.

DX: Isn’t the White guy rappin’ fast doing this and that, isn’t that the magnet to begin with?

MGK: Um … Nah, I think that me coming out of an area where no one else made it out of and me doing it on my own [is what drew people to me]. Keep in mind I was selling out shows long before any Diddy. And a lot of people don’t even know that I’m signed [to Bad Boy Records]. People would have no idea because I did it very organically. So, I mean, that’s my counter.

Machine Gun Kelly Revisits The Controversy Surrounding "Invicible"

DX: I asked if you wanted to retract at all those statements to Semtex because I know recently you felt compelled to withdraw your previous statements about hating “Invincible.” I understand you actually called [Interscope Records CEO] Jimmy Iovine and basically apologized for saying that?

MGK: No, no, I had seen him in person and did that. I’m more of like an in-person type guy.

DX: That’s gotta be the first time in your life you’ve ever done that with a boss though?

MGK: Aw yeah, definitely. All the other times I’ve been fired.

DX: I got a feeling you never apologized to your manager at Fuddruckers. [Laughs]

MGK: No, no …. That was my only one. You know why that was my only one? Because, genuinely he is a musician. So it’s like, regardless, Jimmy Iovine is a musician. That was something I had got to know. When I was in his office before – which is a rare thing for an artist to be – I was just like [in awe]. I mean, he’s been around since fuckin’ Lennon, man. [Anybody] that was fuckin’ with John Lennon you can’t really question that type of shit. I mean, you can, ‘cause obviously I did. But, you definitely know when not to bite the hand that is willing to feed you.

I think that’s the biggest part of being a soldier is that. I’m not trying to be one of those guys that just blames the label for mishaps in my career. At the end of the day, like I said, I started this shit organically and I’m gonna continue that. So if I fuck up it’s on me.

DX: I don’t wanna get you in any more hot water with the CEO, but I’m just personally curious to know if your initial impression of having that Alex da Kid produced beat with a sung chorus already on it --

MGK: -- Yep, another “Love The Way You Lie” [by Eminem]?

DX: Yeah, made you think something to the effect of Jimmy’s trying to make me copy Eminem’s approach?

MGK: Nah, nah, but I mean, I had got that feel. But, again, throughout the extremely stressful course of making that song – which turned into months and months, and me rewriting it three or four times – that frustration is what made that song turn into what it is. Like, when I said “What is this? Tear the whole page out” and you hear that page rip, that was really me ripping that page ….

The album, nobody [at the label] had ever heard the album until I just gave it to them like, “This is it.” But that was the one song that had some like corporate involvement. And you know what, it’s funny because now that’s like my favorite song to perform, so …

DX: The whole world hears it every Thursday night [as the theme music to NFL Thursday Night Football].

MGK: Yeah dude, right?

DX: Again, just out of curiosity, I don’t wanna keep beating a dead horse but I’m just curious, did you win the battle for that “Invincible” track or did Kendrick [Lamar] and Yelawolf just never record [their versions] to it?

MGK: Oh no, they did theirs. I don’t know how you knew about it, but yeah, they did their [versions].

DX: I asked that to ask this: if you thought in any way that whole situation was the real source of your now deaded friction with Yelawolf?

MGK: Oh, nah, nah, hell nah, we had our little issues prior to that. … The frustrations [with Yelawolf] were before that. I don’t know where those frustrations came from – still don’t.

DX: It was just a competitive thing you think?

MGK: I don’t know; I couldn’t even tell you, bro’.

DX: I do have one more “Invincible” question but it’s not about the origin of the track, it’s this: “Man, I come from holes in the wall, but they don’t know the path / Even if I told ‘em at all they wouldn’t know the half.” What about your path have you held back from speaking on thus far?

MGK: Man, you’re a really good interviewer.

DX: [Laughs] I’ve been doing this for a minute.

MGK: Nah, but it’s like I get the feeling you’re not really a fan of my shit, but you ask some good questions.

DX: ‘Preciate it. What about your path have you held back from speaking on thus far that you’d be willing to speak on at the moment?

MGK: I really just think that the things I’ve held back on are just things that – Again, people already can’t really handle my personality at what I’ve given them. So it’s like, dude, if you can’t handle this shit you definitely can’t handle me speaking on the drugs I was doing; you definitely can’t handle – Fuck, I talked about sticking it in a girl’s ass and people fuckin’ spazzed like, “My God, you’re the devil.” And I’m like, "Fuck you. I’m just a kid doing shit that everyone else is doing behind closed doors and speaking on it." So they’re definitely not ready to hear about me and my battle with substances; they’re definitely not ready to hear about shit that went on in my family. Fuck people, man, they’re not ready for that shit. Maybe I’ll give it to ‘em one day when I get some respect and people actually accept who I am as a person.

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  • dude

    Mgk is a stupid meth head who sucks ass and dick. Call him Steve-O, he's a jackass.

  • Nat

    Mac Miller > MGK anyday listen to Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Mac's album) and you'll instantly agree.

  • Spencer J Sinkhorn

    EST is the movement, get with it or get lost, Lace Up.

  • BreEasy

    Everyone under me who said shit like "MGK is whack and fake and he has 11 fans and isn't humble" needs to go do their research. Until you listen to all his older mix tapes and the lace up album and know his story stfu. He's been through a lot and stayed true to his self his boys and his fans. He's got an army of muhfuckas behind him because he speaks THE REAL. He's saved hundreds and hundreds of lives with his music. Y'all might not know now, but you will. I'm behind Machine Gun Kelly and EST until I take my last breath. LTFU.

  • junMaf*ckn

    EryTime I See Paul W. Arnold's Name As The Author I Know The Piece Is Gon' Be Dope. This Was No Exception. Great Questions. Great Answers. Great Interview. Now I Gotta Peep That Charlemagne Interview. And THANKYOU Mr. Arnold For That Come Back Bout The Skin Color Comments! Even MGK Did a "Truuuuuuu..." On Some 2 Chainz Sh*t. I Personally Can't See Being A White Blonde Haired Blue Eyed Male Being A "Detriment" In ANY Regard In American Society. Word.

  • WatersYULive

    He tha truth and is about to take over

  • musicislife

    I thought this was a great interview. I honestly think MGK is one of the best rappers in the hip hop industry right now, and people only really know the song Wild Boy and they think that's his only song. But it's like, people need to actually give his music a chance and stop judging him on his outside, and listen to his other music, as well as read the lyrics and understand what they mean. Cause he's not one of those rappers who rap a bunch of random shit. His music is deep. And when i tell people I listen to his music, they don't understand why, because they don't take the time to look beyond Wild Boy and listen to his other music & the true meaning behind it. His shit is mad deep. This interview, was straight forward and I like that, and DX kept it real as well as Machine Gun Kelly.

    • matt

      I got "live like its your dying day" tatted on my hand people give me so much shit about. I did it cuz love his music n help me out with my own personal probs. I tryed down 50 1mg klonopins anxiety med. Before I laid down I put my not by the door, n I read my hand and just instantly thought of fam n what he's came from I need to live like its my dying day. His music gives me hope. When I'm down either MGK or bob marley will get me back from the dumps. I really wish I could get him a pic of it n tell him what he's done for me. Always see him post tats peeps have mostly lace up. Shit I even got the outline of Illinois tattood on right thumb n est on left thumb then 1985 on left knuckles but last two numbers are not xd out cause I got it before he got last 2 numbers xd out.

  • Anonymous

    "sleeping on the cold concrete in Kellys adopted hometown of Cleveland, Ohio just to get a glimpse of their heartfelt hero" That is truly pathetic.

  • k

    THANK YOU for asking these questions, forreal. This is shit I've been wondering for a while. Really, honestly, thank you for going THERE because I've always wanted to ask, I'm just not a journalist or whenever he does fan interviews, I don't live in that state. This was legit. Oh, btw, I love how you can click the song name and see the video/hear the music. P.S. Wild Boy was the first song I heard from him (7 months ago) and from the intrigue that I got from him, I researched him and now I have every mixtape he's ever made + his new album. LTFU

  • loyalty

    Look up MGK on youtube and listens Her Song, Been Through It all, The Return, Cleveland, The Pledge, Victory music, See My tears

  • Pistol Pete

    He's got his niche and carved out a hardcore following but outside that we ain't feelin it. He just seems to love to play the victim. The 1 thing I will give MGK props for is that he actually managed to drop an album on Bad Boy Records! A lot of better artists have repeatedly failed to do that!



  • Guy

    He can rap fast... that's all though... Nothing from him has even slightly peaked my interest to listen again

  • Ken R

    I dont see black or white I only hear lyrics, the more I hear this guy the more I like. Theres really only one race human

    • Loyalty

      I agree, he got lyrics listen to his songs: Been through it all, The return, Cleveland, The Pledge, and victory music.

  • ryan

    The Whole White Boy image in hip-hop is crazy. I don't think a white rapper could ever be seen as a Gangster. Society tells us white-rappers are either white-trash or Wiggers. Eminem even has a song on Recovery called White-Trash Party. With that being said, Blacks definitely get a nod when it comes to being a Gangster, whether they are or not. I pose this question, What defines a Gangster? Is it lying about drug dealing in a song? Claiming to be a blood, crip,etc. only because your label started that "movement"? In my opinion a Real Gangster can be any skin color,race or Gender. If they actually lived that life then its a co-sign. The only proof is mugshots and bulletwounds. Never trust lyrics in hip-hop. Most of the time it's fabricated...

    • TaZzZ

      Are you fucking crazy? Ever heard of Al Capone? How bout Lucky Luciano? For fucks sake, there has to be twenty black rappers that have nicknames based on WHITE GANGSTERS. Italian and Irish immigrants gave birth to organized crime, the whole idea of "Gangster"ism. Why does everyone have to draw race lines on this fucking comment section. Yea, racism exists in the world but the only way to stop that is to stop spewing that bullshit behind a keyboard and in your everyday life. Like my man below said, there is one race and thats human. It's 2012 and we all recognize that nothing but culture separates any individual from another. Shit, I don't like MGK either, he just sounds fake. But don't make it about race. To me, being a gangster is taking the fucking risks you gotta take to feed your family. Eminem aint gangster? Cuz he'll fuck your ass up you come between him and his family. Same with a lot of rappers. I'm just sick of this race shit. If you wanna talk race, lets do it in a positive, constructive way instead of drawing on the same stereotypes over and over and over. I know 100 white boys who've done more dirt than a lot of black people, and vice versa. In the end, we're all the same. You back any human into a corner, he just might get gangster on your ass. Thats life...

    • Anonymous

      how is what you're saying relevant to this article in any way?

  • McFee

    As a white rapper myself who talks about some edgy ass real life shit I can definitely appreciate & lol at this true comment: [If youre White] then Im sure you know if you came out talking some hard shit Do you think people would believe you? You could be the hardest muthafucka in the world, but because of your skin color [people wont believe your story]. I mean, if you came out in sandals and talked about what was going on in Jeffreys house everyone would be like, Oh, this is cool. I dig Jeffrey. But when you come out and you say whatever the fuck of the numerous wild things I say then youre [dismissed].

  • anonymous

    He is a gimmic rapper... His lyrics are humpy dumpty!!! But he can rap fast!!!

  • Anonymous

    just as Richard said I am alarmed that a mother able to earn $5064 in one month on the computer. have you seen this website (Click on menu Home more information)

  • DudeReally

    Get rid of dem gay ass skinny jeans and people might take you seriously and show you some respect

  • 5th

    Pffttt... MGK is fuckin garbage...

  • JJ13

    You are not supposed to "toot your own horn" (for the lack of a better phrase) the accolades and all that shit will come later,or if you are REALLY good as you say you are, you don't have to tell people, it'll show for itself... He does have a large, loyal fan base which is good, so he should just stick to making them happy. I like the new promo vid "See My Tears" but now I am starting to not like him again. He isn't a terrible rapper at that, and the songs that I've heard have great subject matter (the mixtape and the album) but every time he does an interview, he looses me. But, what do I know?

    • JJ13

      @Behave. I don't believe that you make people see it in your rhymes or your actions. It's okay to brag in your rhymes...That is part of hip hop - bravado, but in your interviews and such, that shit is not cool. Again, you SHOW people in your actions and rhymes. Em never said "I'm a genius" in interviews or anything. Like I said in a previous comment, if you are as talented as you say you are... The accolades will come to you.

    • ETK

      @Behave, I think he meant tooting his own horn outside of music. Eminem always boosted himself in his music, and even there sometimes he got humble, like on Till I Collapse

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ this dude is nothing at all like eminem was

    • Behave

      Eminem was fighting to be seen as the best for years always tooting his own horn so that statment is nonsence... if people arent seeing your talent to gota make sure they see it

  • sanka dietz

    You know who else complained constantly about being a misunderstood white dude....vanilla ice. Maybe if Arsenio interviewed this clown, he could shine a light on why he is such a flash in the pan. Newsflash dumski...nobody's fame last forever. Take your 11 fans and keep em close so when you get booted from Bad Boy you can push albums on Koch Records for them.

  • Anonymous

    mgk album is strait bangin!


    MGK: Nah, but its like I get the feeling youre not really a fan of my shit, but you ask some good questions. DX: Preciate it. ++++++++ LMMFAO @MGK THEM R WHITEBOYS BELOW TALKIN SH!T SO STOP THE SKIN COLOR SHENANIGANS EVERLAST WENT FROM "I GOT THE KNACK" TO "JUMP AROUND" STUDY THE MUSIC AND LEARN FROM THE GAME

  • Anonymous

    first of all this kid is lyrical...better than any new xul rapper i.e. kendrick lamar, yelawolf, kirko bangz, or any of them lil homies.but seriously this kid is the old eminem, and u can never make it big if u unoriginal

    • Anonymous

      kendrick is so overrated in my opinion ya bish

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  • MacDre

    F*ck yellawolf f*ck this lil bitch mgk. They start thinking they are greatest when they are clicked more. idiots!

  • Aim80

    ***Farrrttt sounnndd*** Go back to Fuddruckers... nobody needs you, "Kells".

  • Anonymous

    Wow..Paul you used some awful big words for the hip hop think they understand your English?

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  • Anonymous

    This was a good interview

  • Tommo

    MGK defo got lyrics, his fast flow defo takes away from it, but if you listen to the lyrics, the kid is speaking some real shit.

    • relsmart

      having lyrics is not saying "real" shit who says "fake" shit having lyrics is the ability to express that real shit in a complex clever and original matter and as someone from Cleveland the part he's from everyone makes it out the dude is wack

  • Open Your Ears Clothes Your Eyes

    good interview, and he is very under rated. I'd rather listen to MGK than Mac Miller. He's already placed into a box as a "white rapper" but people wont listen to anything but Wild Boy which does the rest of his music no justice. IMO he's a lyricist, not a GENIOUS but he's dope and has a lot of potential.

  • Anonymous

    should've stuck with E. Dinero management and his cuzin Nu Deal is way more lyrical

  • Anonymous

    the main problem is ur whole act has been done before in numerous ways...not original however real and inciteful MGK thinks he is...we dont feel ya we need somethin realer

    • Anonymous

      "because hes white? name your top ten favorite artists and im sure they would be almost clones of each other." what a dumb fucking thing to say. if that's true for you then you need to expand your tastes, i bet you listen to eminem and hopsin and all that other white boy bullshit

    • Anonymous

      because hes white? name your top ten favorite artists and im sure they would be almost clones of each other. i know mine are its why we listen to certain genres because we like the same shit. fool

  • murdock

    I dont care how he looks who he runs with none of that but this guy is wack as fuck his music is just wack so with that being said have a good day.


    This skinny ass nigga is wack.

  • j

    Genius: an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music. Um yeah not seeing it. What's original about MGK?

  • MGK sucks dick

    nigga read my name. end of story.

  • The Truth

    MGK is not a musical genius. However, he is lyrically better than most of the newer rappers. Only Lamar, J Cole, a few others outdo him lyrically.

  • D90

    his lyrics are still far from genius on any level, bottom line

  • Real Hip-Hop Is Black!

    all white rappas sucks!


      That's ignorant and I can't believe I am even responding to your troll ass. Two of the BEST current MC's are white. R.A. The Rugged Man and Edan. Listen to their work and you cannot honestly dispute this fact.

    • Anonymous

      itd be suck* and racists should kill themselves you first

    • Anonymous

      yea especially the one who has sold more then all your favorite rappers, and least favorite, and everyone in between. garbage

  • yeaaahh

    People are seriously sleeping on this guy, man. His flow is dope and he makes some of the most inspirational music that's out right now.. and if you don't think so then you must have only heard "Wild Boy" like he said..

  • prez

    seems like a genuine misunderstood dude, great interview

  • klfjglkj

    Paul W Arnold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    man hiphopdx made MGK look bad...another twisted interview

  • tres interessant

    I always thought MGK was a royal fuckboy. This interview changed my mind actually. I may never be a fan of the music, but I can at least respect this dude... which is more than I can say about of his peers.

  • Anonymous

    this mothafucka looks like a fuckin redneck i hate these southern racists assholes

    • ryan

      Oh because he's white, he's a racist? Get the fuck outta here.The Race Card is really fucking lame. Ever heard of Reverse Racism? Yeah, ain't that a bitch? People don't feel sorry about other people because of there skin color. And really, I feel sorry for You Mr. Anonymous. You are so stuck in the past that you need to be bitch-slapped repeatedly.

    • Anonymous

      my favorite kind of racists are the one with terrible grammar and spelling. you dont even have to argue with them just point n laugh at the obvious lack of intelligence

    • Anonymous

      wow 'southern racist' some people are just retards. read. listen to fucking any song he has. stop opening your mouth without any thought. it's embarrassing for you.

    • prez

      How, in any way, could you assume that he's a racist?

    • sdlkgj

      He's from Ohio, retard. If you read the article, you would have known that. Reading is fundamental.

  • Anonymous

    kids really underated lyrically!

  • wolfman

    This kid tries too hard.

  • rentlo

    Only Genius in this rap shit is GZA!