Despite the success of Machine Gun Kelly’s “Invincible” featuring singer Ester Dean, MGK revealed in an interview with WILD 94.1 that he initially hated the song. And although he didn’t share the specifics he even went on to explain that there was some kind of contest between himself and the other rappers on Interscope involving the song.
“First off, I hated the song when I first did it because it was brought to me by corporate America,” Machine Gun Kelly revealed. “So basically Jimmy Iovine was like hey, first off they didn’t even come to me with the song, it was like a contest between the Interscope rappers like Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar and myself, which I found out. It sucked and I hated it.”
During the interview Machine Gun Kelly explained that he was most offended by the fact that he wasn’t able to work with Ester Dean and producer Alex Da Kid directly on the song. Instead Dean’s hook was sent to him already completed.
“I don’t operate like that. I hate cookie cutter songs,” said Machine Gun Kelly. “You know like B.o.B with ‘Airplanes’ and the ‘Love The Way You Lie’ thing. You weren’t there making the song with each other in the studio. It was presented to you. I write all my hooks…So when I got this hook I was offended. You guys think I’m a cookie cutter artist. I don’t work like that. And I’ve never talked to Ester Dean in my life. I’ve never talked to the producer who’s Alex Da Kid who makes those cookie cutter records.”
The rapper had a bit of a change of heart in regards to making “Invincible” when he found out that people were actually being fired because of his unwillingness to go in the studio and complete the song.
“We’re in Detroit they call, they booked a studio. You have to do this. You have, have to, have to, have to. Like people are getting fired. And people really were getting fired over it,” MGK explained. “Cause they’re like, ‘You can’t make this petty new artist on our label go do a song? And this is the boss asking for it?’”