Machine Gun Kelly doesn’t really fit in, and he isn’t trying to. The self-proclaimed Cleveland Wild Boy set out to make his debut album Lace Uphis way, but sometimes that comes with a price. When MGK first played the album for his Bad Boy Records boss, Sean “Diddy” Combs, he didn’t quite get the reaction he was hoping for.
“Honestly, man, Puff had got back from Ibiza three days prior to hearing the album,” Kells said when he appeared on “RapFix Live” this past Wednesday. “People where I’m from don’t even know what an Ibiza is; they probably think it’s like a fur coat.”
With Diddy coming from the Spanish party island, he was probably in a celebratory state of mind, Kells said, and Lace Up isn’t that cheery. “I think when he heard it, his initial reaction was like, ’Damn, why are you so angry?’ ” Machine Gun Kelly speculated.
It took Diddy some time, but after absorbing the LP, which hits stores Tuesday, he began to see where the angst-filled rapper was coming from. “I ended having dinner with him the other day, and he looked at me like, ’Yo, man, I really love the album,’ ” Kells said.
MGK is a self-proclaimed loner, but Lace Up has changed his outlook on life. “I believe I’ve taken the path less traveled for a long time now,” he said. “I just kinda avoided the scene. … I never really made, like, any industry friends as far as rappers go.”
Now that MGK’s LP is finally coming out, he is much happier. “I just took a step back and just realized I was angry for so long, but I’m done with that. I think the album gave me some hope in life. It just gave me something to look forward to. I’m more positive now.”
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