The Everyday Struggle team welcomed Hotel Diablo resident and recent The Dirt star Machine Gun Kelly, a.k.a. Colson Baker, to the studio Tuesday for a wide-ranging discussion touching on everything from the importance of finding personal peace to his current assessment of that whole Eminem thing.
In addition to his proposal on how he and Eminem might give fans some closure ("Put us on a track, see who comes harder") at the 46:50 mark in the video at the top of this page, MGK also gave some more insight on the issues between them and the broader problem of reinforced generational divides.
"The internet thing trying to muddy it, that was a little annoying because it was kinda like, we can't be a generation that rides only because a person's a legend and strictly goes off that factor," MGK said around the 16:45 mark. "When we do something for our generation, step up and acknowledge what happened, hold it down. That was not something I was expecting to ever happen. I said what I said, I don't give a fuck . . . That should be the narrative for anyone in our generation."
MGK added that his hit "Rap Devil" was actually recorded in a locker room while out on the road, mere hours after he first heard Em's initial diss. At the time, MGK noted, he was still feeling the alcohol from the previous night and was amped and ready to go.
The Big Time Adolescence star also chopped it up about his early years with Bad Boy (11:10), battling his internal demons (24:22), his love for Harlem (5:50), writing about the deaths of Mac Miller and Chester Bennington (15:40), and how the Hotel Diablo sessions helped him get closer to a state of peace.
"I don't wanna go into my 30s not being myself, I don't wanna go into my 30s not having made the album I've always wanted to make," he said at the 40:20 mark. "This is four albums for me. How many goddamn albums does it take to figure it out? Four is enough. I feel like [2014 Forest Hills Drive] for J. Cole was that album for him. I love that. That was inspiring for me . . . I know he's probably proud as fuck of that album, same with me. It took me four albums to finally find that album for me but I found it."
Catch the full interview up top.
Later this year, MGK will hit the road with Young Thug for an extended North American run: