Machine Gun Kelly has returned with an energetic new single, “Love Race.”
The rapper-turned-rocker enlists frequent collaborator Travis Barker of Blink-182 fame, as well as Sleeping With Sirens’ Kellin Quinn—who last worked with Kelly on the band’s 2013 song “Alone.”
Full of power chords and propulsive drums, the song is a pop-punk ode made to soundtrack high school memories. “I picked up my guitar / And played it for the Reaper / God was a girl, the devil wore a T-shirt / Love is a game and babe, we’re kissing in the bleachers,” the rapper croons.
On Twitter, Kelly said he freestyled all of his verses on “Love Race,” claiming that the whole song was “done in five minutes.”
i freestyled the verses on “love race”
whole song done in 5 minutes
— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) April 29, 2021
“Love Race” continues the rapper’s foray into pop-punk, which began with last year’s album Tickets to My Downfall, which was executive produced by Barker. The album debuted on top of the Billboard 200.
In January, Kelly presented his first musical, Downfalls High, which was soundtracked by Tickets to My Downfall and co-narrated by Kelly and Barker.
The rapper is also planning the July release of a graphic novel named after Hotel Diablo, his 2019 album.
Listen to “Love Race” here: