Machine Gun Kelly has hit back at claims that he has abandoned hip-hop.
It comes after his latest album ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ veered towards pop-punk, while he has also embarked on a successful career in acting in recent years.
When asked about his commitment to hip-hop during a roundtable chat with his fellow cast members from the recent Netflix movie Project Power, Kelly said: “No, I’m not leaving hip-hop yet. I’m not leaving here.
“I mean André 3000 said it my favourite way: ‘Hip-hop is a young man’s game’. So essentially when I don’t have, or when I’ve stopped living a certain way, or if I don’t have the right vigour to deliver my lyrics with, then I’ll stop.
“But, I mean, I’m a fresh 30 and I’m still fully out there. So I don’t think hip-hop is going to stop for me at all.”
Kelly’s latest album received four stars from NME and was described as the “rap devil proving that pop-punk ain’t dead” and that he “reignites the least cool genre ever, channelling the angst and abandon of his childhood heroes”.
Speaking about his move into the pop-punk genre, Kelly recently said: “I would like to normalise how we think about doing multiple types of music. I didn’t ‘switch genres’; I’m versatile, and the wall isn’t boxed in.
“… Limitations would cause you to believe that, because I’ve put out four albums that are rap, I shouldn’t put out a fifth album that’s not rap.”
To celebrate the release of his latest album, Kelly recently announced that he will be holding two livestream concerts next month.