In addition to collaborations with Young Jeezy, Tech N9ne, Twista, Bun B, and Lil Jon, Machine Gun Kelly got to work with one of his idols, DMX, on a track called “D3mons” off his upcoming debut Lace Up. The Cleveland MC, who previously collaborated with X on his single “I Don’t Dance,” talked about meeting the hip-hop veteran for the first time while standing on top of a table rapping a rare DMX verse.
“It’s very, very dark. It’s very, very DMX and MGK’ish,” the Bad Boy signee told Rap-Up TV of the Dame Grease-produced song. “Obviously I have the ‘Wild Boy’ side, I have the inspirational side, but I also have the very dark side.”
The eery record, which samples the Gladiator soundtrack, was recorded in a dark room. “When [DMX] was rapping, he was punching the air,” said MGK, who wrote his verse while recuperating from “a wild couple months with a certain drug.”
“My mind was talking to myself and I wrote the verse and it turned out to be a really creepy song,” he said.