The more we hear new music from Machine Gun Kelly, the more his genre-bending trajectory seems to follow that of Rebirth-era Lil Wayne. Last December, the Cleveland star — along with rock legend Travis Barker — announced the experimental collaborative project Tickets To My Downfall, and revealed the punk-esque single “Why Are You Here.” He then followed that with the hip hop posse cut “Bullets With Names,” which seemed to confirm that the aforementioned album would have a variety of different vibes to enjoy. For his latest, he reached back into pop alternative territory with the Barker-produced “Bloody Valentine,” which sees him putting his heart on his sleeve for any potential suitor:
“I don’t do fake love, but I’ll take some from you tonight/
I know I’ve got to go, but I might just miss the flight/
I can’t stay forever, let’s play pretend, and treat this night like it’ll happen again/
You’ll be my bloody valentine tonight.../”
In addition to the singles, MGK has also been spending his time in quarantine creating a series of “Lockdown Sessions,” which consists of live renditions of covers and freestyles — dope cuts from Rihanna, Paramore, Jack Harlow, and more received the Machine Gun and Travis Barker treatment.
Tickets To My Downfall will follow last year’s Hotel Diablo, which saw 14 tracks and features from Barker, Yungblud, Trippie Redd, Lil Skies, and more. Machine Gun Kelly — real name Colson Baker — also been heavy into his acting career — he recently teamed up with Pete Davidson for the film Big Time Adolescence, which he broke down to Vanity Fair last month:
Big Time Adolescence is about essentially being a big brother/bad influence on this 16 year old kid. I was just great friends with Pete and he was like, I’d love if you just came and did a cameo real quick. And then it turned into a couple more scenes and then, now I’m in the move, kind of.
Press play on “Bloody Valentine” below, along with — if you missed it — some choice “Lockdown Sessions” clips for your enjoyment.