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Machine Gun Kelly Slams Music Elitists: "Gatekeepers Always Lose"

While talking about his transition from hip-hip to pop-punk.

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Machine Gun Kelly Slams Music Elitists: "Gatekeepers Always Lose"

While talking about his transition from hip-hip to pop-punk.

Machine Gun Kelly isn’t here for the haters. The musician shared his perspective on those criticizing him for recently changing his upcoming album title to Mainstream Sellout.

“It feels brave because when I said the name originally after I changed it [from its original title, Born With Horns], everyone was kinda like, ‘Oh, are you sure you wanna almost, like, call it like it is?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, absolutely,’” he said during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds.

MGK, whose real name is Colson Baker, added, “It feels like taking the power back. There’s such an epidemic, and has been for years, of rock ’n’ roll gatekeeping, or punk rock gatekeeping or hip-hop gatekeeping … And you know what I realized? The gatekeepers always lose.”

Mainstream Sellout will be the singer’s sixth studio album, however, it’s his second pop-punk album. It’s also his second collaborative LP with Travis Barker, following 2020’s Tickets to My Downfall.

Mainstream Sellout drops on March 25.

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