Rapper Machine Gun Kelly released his fourth studio album, "Hotel Diablo," on July 5.

After teasing his fans consistently for months — including an Instagram video of the rapper getting a head tattoo of the album’s name — Machine Gun Kelly dropped his first album in two years on July 5, titled “Hotel Diablo.”

The rapper, whose real name is Colson Baker, continues with his seamless combination of hip-hop and alt-rock to produce a hardcore rap album that has fun and also dives deep into his thoughts and emotions.

The album cover features a childhood photo of Baker pasted upside down with his head graphically designed to be open on a hinge, presumably so that his thoughts and feelings fall out of his mind and out into the open.

In the song “Burning Memories,” MGK raps about traumatic childhood memories that he is still struggling with in the present.

“This one’s for the mama that I never knew. I took acid just to burn all of my memories of you,” he raps. “How’d you leave your only child at nine for another dude? … I hope he got some kids because your only son is dead.”

“Hotel Diablo” includes a few singles that were dropped before the album itself, including hip-hop and rock mix “I Think I’m OKAY,” featuring YUNGBLOOD and Travis Barker of Blink-182. The single was selected for Spotify’s 2019 Summer Song Predictions list.

MGK and rapper Eminem have been embroiled in a diss battle since 2012, in which each rapper degrades the other with jabs at each’s music style and physical appearance. The two have been going back and forth for years, and this album gave MGK his latest opportunity to fire back at the older rapper.

MGK begins his song “FLOOR 13” by rapping, “I just spent too many minutes watchin’ little bitty shitty wannabe rappers dissing me. I just spent the winter livin’ after someone tried to send a kill shot, missin’ me.” The verse directly references Eminem’s diss track, “Killshot,” saying that the insult missed MGK.

While MGK carried on the rap beef with Eminem, he allowed his album to be carried by guest artists. Half of his songs feature other musicians, including YUNGBLUD and Travis Barker, Lil Skies, Naomi Wild, Madison Love, Trippie Redd and Phem. Each artist adds their own spin to the song they collaborated on, further varying the genre of the album.

Two tracks on the album — “A Message From The Count” and “Truck Norris Interlude” — give a behind-the-scenes peek of MGK in the recording studio. Less than a minute long each, the tracks feature Baker and others goofing off in the studio, something he thought was funny enough to include twice in his fourth studio album.

While MGK showed his emotional depth and vulnerability with a few raw songs in “Hotel Diablo,” he also proved his youthful qualities with his response to Eminem’s diss and his ability to still have fun with his music.

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This album is awful. This artist is awful. And here's why, first off let's attack the artwork, what does the upside-down child with a broken skullcap have to do with a hotel, a Diablo, or a hotel Diablo. It looks like something that the child in the album cover photoshopped. Next, the songs themselves, first off, Hollywood w***e is a ripped off name from Papa roach. Like you could be a little original there. Next, all the songs have the same beat throughout the entire song, it never changes for the chorus or verses. Next, his voice is always monotone and he slurs his words horribly. He's difficult to even understand when you know the lyrics. Next, the lyrics don't make sense sometimes, and they obviously never had a skill, care, or passion put into them because he doesn't rap about anything in particular. He raps about the same end goal in all his songs, which is his ego for wanting to be viewed as a hardcore gangster. None of the songs actually rap about anything meaningful. Albums by this artist are out out at a speedy rate, practically every year, there's no way he can put enough energy and passion into all the songs in one album, and spend time with his family, and be able to make a good quality product with time, energy, and thought out into it in just one year. This is why the artist is horrible.

Jeevan R Gowda

The Album is dope. Every song reflects the hard work he's put in it ; even scrapping a whole album to create this masterpiece. Took me to places #hoteldiablo #AOTY

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