Bad Boy Records artist Machine Gun Kelly is back with a new Street Album release in one of his best projects to date. MGK started from the bottom and worked his way up to stardom through determination and grustle. He is determined to make a lasting impact on the game telling his truth. Introduced to Hip Hop through artists like Ludacris and DMX, Kelly has fully embraced the genre and has been putting work in ever since.
Here are the SOHH.com 5 Reasons to download “Black Flag.”
1. Inspirational Themes
MGK is a strong voice for the underdogs out there. His story speaks to thousands of disfranchised young people. The themes on this project reinforces his message of survival and dreaming big. MGK speaks on not only his struggle, but he also raps about obstacles and tough situations others have faced as well. True to himself, he has never forgot where he came from. The song “Raise The Flag” is a perfect example of that.
“Previous to this dream state I had leftovers on each plate/
Left shoe all tattered up from this long journey my feet ache/
Left the life that I lived because everyday was just replays/
And I dreamed big, walked around in my PJ’s/
And my street days are still here/
Never changed like I still wear/
The same pair” – Machine Gun Kelly
2. Free Album
Initially when “Black Flag” was announced, it was coming out in mixtape form. Closer to release it was dubbed a “Free Album”. No deejays, no cutting and scratching. This is LP quality. There were a few delays and what MGK calls “politics behind it” in his interview with Killer Hip Hop TV. “When it comes out, it will be the biggest relief in the world to me cause that’s probably the most proud project I’ve had – or the proudest of a project I’ve been so far. “Black Flag” is a revolution in of itself and it’s just ya know, it’s “Black Flag” man.”
3. Bring The Energy
MGK is known for his rapid fire rhymes and exuberant energy on stage. He gives %100 percent during his performances and his movement truly resonates with his fans. This mixtape certainly puts that raw talent on display. His CEO, Diddy drops ultimate compliments on the intro to the frantic “Black Flag” single “Breaking News”.
“No mercy has begun
Ladies and gentlemen,
Machine Gun Kelly,
This kid I think he is a star,
He’s one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen,
He’s also more importantly a movement” – Diddy “Breaking News”
4. Bad Boy Boost
MGK is a member of the “new” Bad Boy Records roster which includes labelmates such as French Montana, Red Cafe and Cassie. Being a part of the legendary label has many perks and benefits. Although Kelly didn’t move a ton of records with his debut album release “Lace Up” he is one of the most active and seen artist in the game. His single off his debut album “Wild Boy” achieved gold status. He was featured in the XXL Magazine Freshmen Class of 2012 and was recognized by MTV as the Hottest Breakthrough MC in 2011. Constant touring and endorsements with the likes of Young and Reckless Clothing and Ciroc keep the Cleveland spitter in the spotlight on a regular basis.
Pusha T and Meek Mill both bring the heat on a featured cut off “Black Flag” titled “Peso”. MGK brings along another Cleveland artist Tezo to the TrapMoneyBenny produced joint “Black Tuxedo”. Wiz Khalifa checks in on the trippy “Mind Of A Stoner”. “50 (Interlude)” features labelmate French Montana while Dub O and Sean McGee appears on “Miss Me?” and “D&G”. Production credits come courtesy of JP Did This 1, Burd N Keyz, Dre $ki, Brian Empire, LT Moe, Chizzy, Mike Bass, Sarah J, Cameron Mizell, Slim Gudz, Skewby & Ricky G and Karbon. Comedian Donnell Rawlings is also featured on “50 (Interlude)”.