In his latest single, “A Little More,” Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) clearly focuses energy and attention outside of himself.
He encourages social consciousness of North American Millennials, his target audience.
MGK brings issues like environmentalism, gossip, corruption, poverty, war, bullying, racial politics and suicide into our consciousness with his words.
By bringing all of these issues to the airwaves, he is combatting them. He calls on people to express love in an increasingly ugly, divisive and violent world.
In the first verse MGK raps, “Then I wake up to see the world’s ill/ Oceans tainted from the oil spills.”
According to the Pew Research Center, 32 percent of Millennials would apply the world “environmentalist” to themselves.
We don’t have to be environmentalists to know an oil spill is devastating to the earth. We don’t have to travel to a beach to clean oil off of seagulls to make positive a difference on the environment.
Machine Gun Kelly continues the verse, “How many kids have these wars killed?”
According to Unicef, 2 million children were killed as a result of warfare in one decade alone (mid-80s to mid-90s). Another 4 to 5 million were rendered disabled, and 12 million were left homeless.
Those are heartbreaking statistics. I was completely unaware of the magnitude of the negative life-changing impact warfare has had on so many children of the world, until Machine Gun Kelly’s lyrics prompted me to look it up.
Thanks to "A Little More," I’ve gained a new awareness.
MGK next asks, “How many families can’t afford bills?” Well, Millennials are relatively poorer than other generations.
The Pew Research Center reported we are the first generation “in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles.”
Shout out to Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers for leaving this mess behind for us! Even if we aren’t personally struggling, poverty affects everyone. One example is that when more people are dependent on the government, taxes rise higher.
Machine Gun Kelly goes on, “I wish that I could let the world know/ That it’s okay to let the pain show.”
MGK tells people it’s okay to not only feel pain, but to express it as well. Millennials are the most depressed and the most anxious generation right now, according to USA Today.
The media outlet also found our “most common coping mechanism is listening to music, cited by 59 percent of young adults.” MGK equips his fan base with several songs to help them cope with their pain, regret and addiction.
If you're interested in checking out more of his music, look up “Swing Life Away,” “Dark Side of the Moon,” “See My Tears” and “Halo."
MGK finishes the first verse of “A Little More” on an uplifting note: “And even though times seem bad/ It always rains before the rainbow.” The situations we face in life always get better or easier to cope with.
In his second verse, MGK raps, “I can see we’re in our darkest hour/ ‘Cause it feels like the government just as crooked as the police.”
Machine Gun Kelly calls it like he sees it. Millennials are developing during a tense time in history.
Also in the second verse, Machine Gun Kelly says, “I spent the weekend catching up on the news/ A girl committed suicide after she was bullied at school/ ‘Cause some dudes told her she wasn’t cool/ But you would rather gossip about a famous person breaking the rules.”
In recent years, bullying — particularly cyber bullying — has had a lot of coverage.
In 2011, the White House held its first conference on bullying prevention. By bringing up these issues, MGK is discouraging people from bullying, and he is possibly preventing suicides that could have resulted from that cruelty.
Kids look up to us Millennials. If we treat each other kindly, both in person and online, hopefully the younger generation will think that’s what’s “cool.” Less cruelty, a little more love; these four lines shed light upon the ugliness of gossip in general.
MGK encourages us to reconsider what we deem newsworthy, or rather, gossip-worthy. Why do people care so much about Justin Bieber peeing in a mop bucket?
There are much more important things to concern ourselves with, like the fact that “Among 15- to 24-year olds, suicide accounts for 20 percent of all deaths annually,” or “the prevalence of suicidal thoughts, suicide planning and suicide attempts is significantly higher among young adults aged 18-29 years than among adults aged over 30 years.”
MGK aims to motivate his audience to be exactly who and what we dream to be: “You can give up like they tell you/ Stop like they tell you/ Be scared to dream for the top like they tell you/ But I’m trying to tell you, f*ck what they tell you.”
He chooses to pursue hip-hop music. Closing out the second verse of “A Little More,” MGK raps, “They told me fight night I’m supposed to lose/ Just ‘cause in hindsight they don’t like my type/ White boy with some rhythm and blues.”
A white rapper? If he’s not Eminem, he’s wack.
Why is it that people are constantly typecast based on race? Why is it that a rapper who brings more to music than a good beat, e.g. social consciousness, has been passed over in the hip hop industry?
As he demonstrates throughout “A Little More,” Machine Gun Kelly has positive messages for all of us, if only we’d listen…
So, does Machine Gun Kelly offer any solutions to the numerous aforementioned topics?
He calls us to love: “We all need a little more love/ We all need a little more love/ We just need a little more love/ The world needs a little more love.”
While tabloids gossip about Machine Gun Kelly possibly dating Amber Rose, he’s giving people much more important things to think and to talk about in his music.
This is exactly why the world could use "a little more" Machine Gun Kelly.