Machine Gun Kelly on Chris Brown/Drake Fight: “That’s The Coolest Thing Ever, Man”
Roscoe Dash was the first 2012 XXL freshman to publicly share his thoughts about the Chris Brown/Drake alleged confrontation, and Machine Gun Kelly has now become the latest. MGK is no stranger to wild incidents and was even initially tied to the Breezy/Drizzy situation when it was rumored that the New York Police Department banned him from New York’s Highline Ballroom. Still, Kelly has been calm for almost a month thanks to fear of losing his deal.
“I think that’s the beauty of like a real rapper,” Kelly told Hot 97. “You’re like, “Yo, this guy says it, and he lives it.” That’s what makes it sweet… When people ask me about the Drake and Chris Brown thing, I’m like, ‘Yo, that’s the coolest thing that happened in hip-hop for a long time. Thank you for fighting.’ You know what I mean? No one ever does that anymore; that’s so wack; that’s so ridiculous, man. So ridiculous. They ask me how does that feel; I’m like, ‘That’s the coolest thing ever, man.’”
However, incidents like that is what Kelly has been able to avoid recently.
“I’m on like a three-week-and-four-days of sobriety of anger,” MGK answered when Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg asked if he was happy.
MGK’s unique sobriety is timely, being that it almost cost him his label deal and management.
“So, I was about to basically be shelved at my label, and my management was going to leave because I have the worst attitude in the world,” the Bad Boy artist revealed.
The concerns MGK’s camp has had about his attitude originated with the conflict between him and Shady’s Yelawolf and deepened once Kelly started getting banned from venues like one in Seattle and Highline, not to mention the five lawsuits currently pending against him.
“This is the first time I really talked about it, but it got really serious,” Kelly said. “I almost got kicked off the tour too ‘cause me and Tech [N9ne] have a really great relationship but I would be like beefing with other people on the tour… Tech was really fighting for me, which was crazy. Now that I have to look back on it, I can’t believe I was that unappreciative.”
The Ohioan was scared of becoming a commercial sellout early in his career, but it was not until his circle of friends advised him to calm down that he began taking steps to better the chances of his career evolving further.
“I just recently was assigned security,” Kelly voiced. “What’s funny [is] I did not get security to keep people away from me; it was to keep me away from people.”
Apart from the guards, MGK has a plan to release one song after each time he is negatively portrayed in a tabloid, such as he did in his new record “The Highline Ballroom Sound Check,” which was sparked by his assumption that Rosenberg does not consider him to be lyrical. What’s more, although management does not want Kelly to get into beefs with rappers, he, who enjoyed Pusha T’s “Exodus 23:1,” still might, as he feels it is a part of the culture and wants to be true to himself.
“I think couldn’t not make a song called ‘Wild Boy’ and not be a wild boy,” MGK shared.—Christopher Minaya