Cleveland women vs. New York women.
MGK: New York women: so hot and I can’t get any of them. None of them like me. Here in this office, that girl right there [gestures to an intern], she’s pretty hot and hasn’t looked at me once. Not once. No interest in me.
MGK: If I go over there right now, or when she’s on break, she’s not going to talk to me.
Is it something about New York?
MGK: I don’t know what the fuck it is. Honestly, I look in the mirror and I’m not the greatest looking kid. But I feel like I can pull an 8. Maybe a 7. I don’t approach a 9 in New York. I feel like 7 is do-able. But the 8s hate.
Alright, so you’re going to go back to Cleveland and you’re gonna have sex. What about food or things like that?
MGK: So I live at my manager’s mom’s house, which is funny.
How did that come about?
MGK: I was legit homeless and I was just always going to her. I kept crashing there but I acted like I was chilling. Chilling with my toothbrushes and shit.
Chilling with your bags.
MGK: Yeah, but at the end of the day she caught on. She’s so cool. She’s so laced up. Her mom is like the laced up champion. MGK’s #1 fan, by far. She probably somehow knows this interview is going down right now. Like, she’s probably going to text me, “Great Complex interview,” right when I leave. But I miss my daughter, too. My daughter’s a rager.
I didn’t realize you had a child.
MGK: Yeah, she’s two. She’s really cool. I really don’t do much at home. We can’t go out that much. Believe it or not, we’re kind of famous back there.
Is that frustrating?
MGK: It sucks, ‘cause so many people expect so much from you. I went to the mall with my daughter one time and it was nuts. People were pushing her out the way for a picture. I’m like, “Ok—definitely not going down, but thank you for trying.” Girls would come sleep with me when I had my daughter there. The fans—like, guys say crazier shit than the girls.
MGK: A Milwaukee kid. When I was in Milwaukee, I had the most awkward interaction ever. I’m on stage and this guy in the front row, laced up shirt and everything, all he says the whole show is, “Fuck me, fuck me.” So weird.
And it was sincere?
MGK: It was so sincere. I wasn’t mad at him at all. But he did not know the lyrics. No lyrics, just “fuck me.” No New York girls look at me like the Milwaukee guys do. [Laughs.]
So is it refreshing to come to a city where you can be more mobile.
MGK: Naw, I hate it more. I go to Times Square everyday because at least one person there will recognize me. Last night, 1 o’clock in the morning, in my room, bored as fuck, I go out. Made sure to wear long sleeves so none of my tattoos would show. I just roamed, so pissed. If someone looks at me like they know me, I act like I’m looking at my phone and just stop right by them.
And wait? Do you feel like you make yourself approachable to people?
MGK: Fuck yeah, very much so. I don’t think I seem like the nicest person, but I feel like everyone knows about my connection with my fans, about how genuine it is.