Last week, Machine Gun Kelly released a star-studded remix to his hit “Wild Boy.” Featuring 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Mystikal, French Montana and Yo Gotti, as well as MTV reality star Steve-O –who gets a shoutout in the chorus of the original– the new version brought together some of the hottest in the game. XXLMag.com caught up with both MGK and Mystikal to hear more about how the remix came about.
“I met Steve-O once before I made the song,” Kells said before his performance to celebrate SOB’s 30th anniversary at SXSW. “Basically, he embraced the song, I guess, and started tweeting about it. He was like, ‘Fuck yeah!’ So I reached out to him and we ended up getting together and he was like, ‘We gotta do something on video, man. Let’s do a skit.’ I was like, ‘Alright, man, we can do whatever.’ He was like, ‘Why don’t we smoke some pubes?’ That was one of his famous skits [on MTV's Jackass]—you shave your pubes and make somebody smoke it. We got there, me and him both shaved our pubes and put it in a joint. We rolled it up and I made my drummer smoke it. He didn’t know it was pubes, though. You’ll see that in the ‘Wild Boy (Remix)’ video.”
Steve-O’s voice and classic laugh are actually the first things heard when the song starts, and according to MGK it took two separate takes to get that part down.
“I was like, ‘You are Steve-O,’ so just be like, ‘Yeah, bitch, yeah, bitch, I am Steve-O!’” he explained. “And he has a hilarious laugh. To make him laugh, that was a separate take. He had to tell himself a joke to make himself laugh.
“And then the rapper part is self-explanatory,” the Cleveland native continued of his decision to put 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Mystikal, French Montana and Yo Gotti on the cut. “I want to get some wild, dope-boy type shit. And then me myself, I just did my thing. I know that remix has been on hold for fucking ever—’cause of Mystikal. It took Mystikal eight years to get in the studio. But it finally happened, and I’m super stoked. He killed it; he fuckin’ raped that shit.”
Mystikal also spoke with XXLMag.com, and expanded on why he wanted to be a part of the song.
“Our camp figured it would be a nice opportunity to jump on something like that—you know, get them youngsters, ’cause they gon’ introduce me to the younger audience,” he said. “Once we did that, we shot the remix for the video yesterday. We brought it all together. It’s that rapid fire, machine gun. He got the right name. It’s good to see young, fresh artists in the game. We need that.” —Adam Fleischer, additional reporting by Carl Chery (@adamxxl) (@cchery)