Machine Gun Kelly
Binge


1.5
very poor

Review

by Simon STAFF
September 22nd, 2018 | 29 replies


Release Date: 09/21/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Squirt Gun Kelly better lace up for a serious fall.

It’s a safe assumption Machine Gun Kelly knew exactly what he was doing when he came at Eminem with “Rap Devil”. After all, coming out with a diss track that’s aimed at Eminem is guaranteed to cause a stir amidst the rap and hip-hop communities simply because it's proven to be career suicide in the past. Releasing an EP shortly after the song is an obvious marketing ploy on his part, and certainly helps his name to get out there. Normally I wouldn’t entertain such an artist, given that I’d never heard of him prior to “Rap Devil”, nor would I have checked out Binge going off his previous works; he’s a bog-standard rapper using all the glittery production ideas contemporary trap hoards are utilising these days, and little distinguishes him from the fact. But “Rap Devil” is a good track. Auto-tune is kept to an absolute minimum, it’s raw, the beat is heavy and the chorus catchy. Compare this track to any one of MGK’s albums, or the artists he runs with, and it’s simply a breath of fresh air: he sounds hungry, sincere and his flow and the stripped back composition does all the talking for him. As a result, I was foolishly led into thinking MGK was taking a new creative direction, and reserved a little bit of anticipation for this EP. The spotlight is on him and it's time to gauge the calibre of his abilities.

The irony here is that Binge is probably the worst release he’s ever put out, and signifies his impending fade into obscurity if this is what the ’Rap Devil’ has to offer us in the future. This 9-track EP is soaked in auto-tune from the get-go and made all the more obnoxious and exhausting as he subjects the listener to the same tired, hedonistic tropes the last 30 years of hip-hop has been spewing out time and time again. Don’t get me wrong, “LOCO” and “GTS” have glimmers of potential with their heavy beats and half-decent flows, but they get bogged down by eye rolling lyrics and clichés that thwart any promise being built up. At the EP’s absolute worst, you’ll come across “LATELY” or “SIGNS” which throw out egregious amounts of auto-tune, cheap hooks and piss-weak repetitious bars that grate after about 30 seconds of listening to them. But the biggest disappointment stems from the fact Kelly sounds completely drowsy, complacent and lacking in the same edge showcased on “Rap Devil”. Bar the track in question there’s not a single song here that matches that same level of aggression and approach in his writing, and that is a seriously missed opportunity. If you’re a fan of MGK’s work already this will still appeal to you, but for anyone else outside of that niche network of fans Binge just highlights the 5 minutes of fame Kelly garnered from attacking Eminem, and will be quickly forgotten about thereafter.

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ALBUM STREAM//PURCHASE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/machine-gun-kelly/id465954501?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4



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Comments:Add a Comment 
McTime50
September 22nd 2018


968 Comments


Yucky

THVRTVVN
September 22nd 2018


459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

really wish this was even ok



still fuck eminem

Middle18
September 22nd 2018


311 Comments


I was also introduced to him from Rap Devil and been following the beef closely since. It's almost embarrassing how this kid thinks he is holding his own in this battle. Man Bun Kelly sit down you skinny clown.

McTime50
September 22nd 2018


968 Comments


I can’t even take the “beef” seriously because of the gap between the two. It’s a steamroller going over a specific ant for a petty reason.

There’s no stakes, there’s no wondering what’s gonna happen next. It’s boring.

McTime50
September 22nd 2018


968 Comments


Fight of the century: The Rapper Past His Prime VS. The Rapper That Never Had A Prime

Get your overpriced tickets now.

SymbolicInTime
September 22nd 2018


4840 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Convinced MGK slapped Rap Devil on here just to forcibly make this chart higher on the boards. But yeah this sucks. Funnily though, I thought LATELY was the only okay song on here

Digging: Turnover - Peripheral Vision

Bloon
September 22nd 2018


3031 Comments


Machine Gun Smelly

Tunaboy45
September 22nd 2018


16811 Comments


another desperate cling to his remaining relevance I see

Tunaboy45
September 22nd 2018


16811 Comments


review sums it up perfectly

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2018


57033 Comments


I'd never heard of this guy until the Eminem diss so I'd say he won

Deathconscious
September 22nd 2018


23268 Comments


Yeah, he's already said he's not gonna make a response. Good job Em, you just rewarded him with a boost in his career for taking a shit on you.

platnum
September 22nd 2018


921 Comments


Machine gun nelly

🐎🐎🐴


LotionLord
September 22nd 2018


75 Comments


Holy shit, 9 tracks is an EP?

Bloon
September 23rd 2018


3031 Comments


Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Gun Kelly
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Onscreen Fun With Kelly

Storm In A Teacup
September 23rd 2018


26942 Comments


MGK hasn't been relevant since 2012 and hasn't done shit. Eminem is suspect even going at this dude but Em can be triggered by anyone these days it seems.

Iamthe Nightstars
September 23rd 2018


2831 Comments


This guy was never good.

Bloon
September 23rd 2018


3031 Comments


Iamthe MachineGunKelly

Source
September 23rd 2018


14852 Comments


That summary lol

Durrzo
September 23rd 2018


1948 Comments


This dude is such a tool. Rap Devil is half-decent but I won't bother with this.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2018


15856 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Agreed Trebor and Adolf, but exposure of this sort doesn't last long.



He had the chance to prove his worth here and he's blown it in spectacular fashion. Total garbage.







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