Machine Gun Kelly gets candid on the details behind his upcoming album, Born with Horns, in an interview with Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist to air this weekend. The rapper shared what fans could expect in sound, lyricism and even hinted at a New Year’s Day release date.
In August, the rapper-turned-punk announced his sixth studio album via Instagram alongside blink-182 drummer and recurring collaborator Travis Barker, who will act as executive producer on Born with Horns. The album, Kelly said, will serve as a contrast to his last release, Tickets to My Downfall .
“It feels more guitar-heavy for sure, lyrically it definitely goes deeper — but I never like to do anything the same,” Kelly explained. “Every album is a juxtaposition of the last album. So I went and studied Tickets, and I heard the bright sound that I had, and for this album I just turned the lights off.”
He added, “I’m not scared anymore, there’s nothing holding me back from being my true self — and my true self can’t be silenced, can’t be restrained. It’s a force, it’s like a hurricane. Can’t stop that, it just goes until it feels like stopping, and I don’t feel like stopping anytime soon.”
Kelly also alluded to a New Year’s 2022 release date saying, “the second you open your eyes and it’s 2022, you’ll have something to listen to.”
Kelly’s full interview on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist airs Sunday at 8 a.m. ET on NBC.