Ohio native Machine Gun Kelly added a poignant coda to his high-energy performance of “I Think I’m OKAY” on The Late Late Show on Monday night (Aug. 5). Joined by his brother in mayhem Yungblud, a shirtless MGK raged through the song from his recently released Hotel Diablo album, starting off seated on a speaker cabinet sullenly rapping, “Watch me, take a good thing and mess it all up in one night/ Catch me, I’m the one on the run away from the headlights/ No sleep, up all week wasting time with people I don’t like/ I think something’s wrong with me.”
Jumping down onto the stage while strumming a black electric guitar, MGK was joined on the angsty chorus by ‘Blud, who yowled out the nihilistic refrain “Take drugs (take drugs) on gravestones (gravestones)/ To figure it all out on your own.” As the song built to a dramatic, noisy pop punk peak, the two men took turns screaming out their angst into the camera, sharing the mic at the end to bellow “goodnight” a cappella.
They ended the set by flipping over their guitars to reveal touching messages of support for the 31 killed and dozens injured in the dual, deadly mass shootings over the weekend. MGK’s guitar featured the word “Dayton” while Yungblud’s had “El Paso” in black tape on his white guitar.
The massacres in Ohio and Texas were the 250th and 251st mass shootings in the United States this year. In their wake, a number of artists have taken Pres. Trump to task for what they said was his repeated stoking of racial flames, with country singer Kacey Musgraves sharing particularly sharp words. “For a man who clearly loves being well-liked, it’s indescribably mind-numbing to see him blatantly and murderously ignore doing ONE THING that would not only make people happy but would SAVE PEOPLE’S Lives. True leaders don’t stand back and watch the world burn. @realdonaldtrump,” she tweeted, not naming the president, but tagging him at the end.
The violence also brought out strong reactions from a number of other artists, including Cardi B, John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Bebe Rexha and Chuck D, with Rihanna pointedly calling out Trump over his response to the shootings, writing, “Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA! Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!! My prayers and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims from Texas, California, and Ohio! I’m so sorry for your loss! Nobody deserves to die like this! NOBODY!”
Watch “I Think I’m OKAY” performance below.