Machine Gun Kelly Promises Three-Peat Year for Cleveland: Cavaliers, Indians & His Single 'Bad Things'
Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly is no fair-weather baseball fan. He's been repping his hometown MLB team forever, and the squad's World Series run is just the beginning of what he promised is a triple-crown championship season for the 216.
"I've never been a bandwagon Clevelander. I've been talking about Cleveland and holding up Cleveland since before we were champions," he told Billboard on Friday, just 24 hours before the Indians learned they would be playing the Chicago Cubs in the Series.
With the town's NBA team picking up their championship rings Tuesday night, MGK said he's confident that this will be a three-peat year for the city, thanks to a real good feeling that his single with Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello, "Bad Things," is about to smash through the ceiling, too. "This is usual, man, and 'Bad Things' is about to be No. 1, so we're about to have... what is that three championships in one year? Basketball, baseball and Machine Gun Kelly."
He's not quite there yet, as the Fastball-sampling track modestly debuted at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Nov. 5 -- on sales of 26,000 during the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music. But just hours after his bold prediction, MGK doubled down on his called shot. "I'm telling you right now, I'm guaranteeing you that it's going to be No. 1," he told this reporter backstage at the underground Ubahn Festival in Cincinnati on Friday night after his high-energy main-stage set. Hanging with his crew backstage, bouncing around and rapping along to headliner Nas' "N.Y. State of Mind," the lanky rock-loving rapper made it clear his time is now.
"The next time you see me I'll be playing the arena," he said, locking eyes to make his intent very clear. "I can feel it and I know it. Radio [programmers] keep telling me and I know it's my time. This is the one." For now, the Indians are up 1-0 after Tuesday night's shellacking of the Cubs, putting them just three games away from ending their 68-year championship drought.
MGK has a longer road to travel until he reaches his mountaintop -- his only previous Hot 100 appearance was in 2012 with "Wild Boy," which spent one week at No. 98 -- but his confidence is clearly strong. "This could be the biggest song of my career, no doubt," he said.
And it's just the beginning, according to the man his friends call Kells. "I'm a storyteller," he says when asked how this single fits into his his still-unfolding follow-up to 2015's General Admission. "I gotta write movies and books every day. I'm finishing up this album now, and 'Bad Things' plays a part in the story of it. My pain is not the same as being broke and starving for respect. My pain came from heartbreak. There's a whole new chapter that I've learned about in my life. 'Bad Things' played a part in this."