Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), known for his versatility and vulnerability, has returned to his rap roots with his latest release, “Pressure.” The song is a searing commentary on fame, death, and his journey in the music industry. It marks MGK’s return to a rap sound after he moved towards pop-punk for his latest two albums, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ (2020) and ‘Mainstream Sellout’ (2022).
In “Pressure,” MGK contends with his own legacy, reflecting on his skyrocketing career over the past few years. The lyrics of the song offer fans a background on his upbringing, overcoming hurdles, and his pursuit of superstardom. The song’s music video features a cameo from Pete Davidson, while its lyrics name-drop Dua Lipa and Young Thug.
The accompanying music video sees the rapper in various locations around Cleveland, with the dance group, Elevated Crew, performing a routine around him. In typical rap fashion, MGK flexes heavily in the video, taking private jets, racing classic cars around the street, and flaunting his many chains.
“Pressure” has been well-received, with fans and critics alike praising MGK’s return to his rap roots. The song is a testament to his versatility as an artist, proving that he hasn’t lost an ounce of his flow while spending time behind his signature pink guitar. As MGK continues to navigate the pressures of fame, his music remains a reflection of his journey, his struggles, and his triumphs.