Machine Gun Kelly’s new album, ‘Tickets To My Downfall,” which debuted in late September, has everything a pop-punk fan could want. Kelly, who has always been inspired by rock and roll, has switched up his style with a completely pop-punk album. Already, Kelly’s album has hit No. 1 on iTunes, and was No. 1 on the Billboard 200. ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ is also Kelly’s first Billboard Number One album in his career.
From Blink 182’s Travis Baker, Kelly’s long-time friend, playing the drums for the album, to features from artists Halsey on “Forget Me Too,” Trippie Redd on “All I Know,” and Blackbear on “My Ex’s Best Friend,” this album is among the best contemporary musical collaborations for a pop-punk album.
In an interview with Rock Sound, Kelly talks about how difficult it is for so many pop-punk artists to rise above hip-hop artists due to the latter being the biggest music trend. However, he refuses to believe even hip-hop fans won’t listen to pop-punk— when compared, the two genres are more alike than different.
“I think hip-hop and pop-punk is the same thing,” Kelly said in the interview. “Like, we’re all dressing the same… we all rebel, we all get high, we all don’t know what’s going on tomorrow, we all suck at life sometimes. Those things are all relatable issues and content that haven’t found a way to bridge with each other.”
Mixing hip-hop and pop-punk into this album, Kelly says his goal is to break the gap between these two