5 Things We Learned From Machine Gun Kelly's 'Binge' EP

Joel Barhamand
Machine Gun Kelly photographed on Aug. 19, 2018 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.

It's safe to say that Machine Gun Kelly made waves with the release of his Binge EP on Friday (Sept. 21). MGK originally announced the EP on the same day that Eminem replied with his "Killshot" diss track, but it looks as if the entertaining feud has finally come to an end, as Kelly told The Breakfast Club he put his response back "in the holster." Indeed, Binge doesn't find an additional excoriation of Slim Shady.

The 28-year-old knew the spotlight was on him, and instead of keeping the beef going, he appears to have wanted to ensure his ability as an artist shines through with the nine-track project. The trap-heavy effort does contain the previously released "Loco" and his scathing "Rap Devil" diss.

Binge remains relatively free of features throughout its 24-minute runtime, only seeing an assist from 24Hrs and uncredited vocals courtesy of Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson. 

With the Cleveland native touching on a multitude of topics, here are five things we learned from MGK's Binge EP. 

Shrewdly References Kanye West and Kid Cudi's Kids See Ghosts 

Kelly teams up with producer Ronny J on another Binge cut with "Lately." MGK also recently connected with the New Jersey native for "Rap Devil," which remains in the top five on iTunes. The artist who Eminem claimed to be a "mumble rapper" puts some clever wordplay to use when closing the track's second verse. "You know them kids be with the 'ye and now them kids be seeing ghosts," he raps. On the surface, Kelly namedrops Kanye West and his Kids See Ghosts joint effort with Kid Cudi. Looking deeper, the bar could be interpreted as a reference to "ye" being cocaine and how kids' friends are turning to ghosts and passing away as a result of their drug use. 

Mentions Nearly Overdosing On "LiveFastDieYoung"

MGK has been open about his drug use throughout his career and with a project named like Binge, he doesn't seem to intent on stopping anytime soon after being subjected to drugs at the juvenile age of just 11 years old. "I ain't gonna stop getting high/I ain't never even goin' try/Even though I almost died/But I didn't, I am alive," The Bad Boy Records artist raps to close out his EP. 

During his bombshell interview with The Breakfast Club Thursday (Sept. 20), Kelly reflected on a time where he irritated his skin so bad from itching that it caused severe bleeding because he was so high. MGK later admitted that he "almost was [Mac Miller]" when he nearly encountered an overdose. Charlamagne Tha God seemed to get through to the father of a 9-year-old daughter when he said, "You can't tell me you're a fighter when you're not willing to fight your addiction."

Pete Davidson Has Uncredited Vocals On "Loco"

Pete Davidson and Machine Gun Kelly have developed quite the bromance over the past few years. When they aren't under the tattoo gun, the pair both share the common interest of furthering their careers with acting as a side gig. Last month (Aug. 2), during some downtime, while shooting a movie they're starring in together in upstate New York, the talented duo took over a parking lot to craft the impromptu visual to "Loco," which has accumulated more than 9 million views on YouTube. The Saturday Night Live comic appears in the clip alongside MGK and even showed off his vocal ability on the track, though uncredited. Davidson jumped at the opportunity as a longtime devoted fan of hip-hop and has even credited Kid Cudi for saving his life growing up.

His Feud With Eminem Is Over (For Now)

The "Wild Boy" rapper blessed fans with one of the more fascinating weeks of hip-hop in recent history by firing back at Eminem and continuing his ongoing rivalry with G-Eazy. Even though he had another response queued up, MGK wasn't enticed by Em's "Killshot" enough to have a second Em diss land on Binge, much to the dismay of many in the rap community. Kelly has decided to close the book on the feud and take his self-proclaimed victory on the Detroit legend home. 

"It's a six for me, dog. 'Killshot' was a leg shot," he told The Breakfast Club of Slim Shady's reply. "I had a clip ready. I heard 'Killshot' and I put that shit back in the holster. This wasn't on my path anyway." Kelly also later admitted he thought the issues surrounding his tweet about Em's daughter, Hailie Scott, were handled behind the scenes six years ago. "I didn’t feel like it was disrespectful, but I’m a father, I have a nine-year-old daughter, I get it 100 percent," he added.

A Talented Crew Of Producers Were Enlisted

Binge features a range of producers laying the sonic foundation behind MGK's accented vocals. Kelly continues his career's evolution by experimenting with some booming trap instrumentals. Members of the 28-year-old's EST 19XX clan such as BazeXX and SlimXX power much of the effort, with help from frequent collaborator JP Did This 1. 

Additionally, the Cleveland-bred MC sprinkles in some star power behind the boards when putting the finishing touches on his 2018 EP. Burgeoning hitmaker Ronny J, who played an integral role in the rise of South Florida's distorted sonic, makes a second appearance outside of "Rap Devil" on the previously referenced "Lately."

Atlanta transplant Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E. has made waves within the industry for his work alongside hip-hop mainstays such as Travis Scott, Migos, and more. Here, C-Note teams with MGK for the trippy "Get the Broom." Kelly also notched a Hit-Boy beat with the 24Hrs-assisted "Signs." Even though he's laid relatively low since his G.O.O.D. Music days, the 31-year-old recently played a role in contributing to La Flame and Drake's frenetic "Sicko Mode."

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