General Admission (Machine Gun Kelly album)

General Admission is the second studio album by American rapper Machine Gun Kelly. It was released on October 16, 2015, by his indie record label EST 19XX, distributed by Bad Boy and Interscope Records.[1][2][3][4] The album was supported by two singles: "Till I Die" and "A Little More" featuring Victoria Monet.

General Admission
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2015
GenreHip hop
Machine Gun Kelly chronology
Fuck It
General Admission
Singles from General Admission
  1. "Till I Die"
    Released: January 5, 2015
  2. "A Little More"
    Released: March 30, 2015
  3. "World Series"
    Released: September 25, 2015
  4. "Gone"
    Released: October 2, 2015

Promotion edit

In preparation for the official release of General Admission, MGK released a 10-track mixtape, titled Fuck It, on July 23, 2015.[5] MGK had reportedly released the mixtape out of frustration, following Bad Boy delaying the release of General Admission several times. The mixtape is compiled of songs that were left off of General Admission, and was released to his fans as an apology for the delays.[5] MGK released the album artwork and revealed the release date on September 11, 2015, via Instagram. Many fans took it upon themselves to spray paint the album title around their hometowns to show their support and loyalty to MGK's EST movement.

Singles edit

The album's lead single, called "Till I Die" was released on January 5, 2015 via YouTube, through MGK's Vevo account. The song was produced by MGK, alongside Casey McPerry and the production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.[6] The song charted at number 32 on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. In June 2015, MGK released the single's sequel through WorldStarHipHop, featuring guest appearances from the Cleveland-based hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, fellow rapper and Bad Boy artist French Montana, and rappers Yo Gotti and Real Kid, along with the accompanying music video.[7]

The album's second single, called "A Little More" was released on March 30, 2015, through the same channels, with the accompanying music video releasing on May 18, 2015. The song features a guest appearance by American singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, with production provided by Tommy Brown.[8] "A Little More" charted on the two respective charts, performing marginally worse at 108 and 35 respectively; however, the song did chart at number 81 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Other songs edit

The tracks "World Series" and "Gone", featuring Leroy Sanchez, were released via the same channels as their predecessors. However, these tracks did not chart due to the singles being album specifics, and were released with the intention to promote the album, as both were released a few weeks prior to the album.

Reception edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [9]
HipHopDX     [10]
XXL      (XL)[11]

Chris Mench of XXL found the album a step up from his debut effort, saying that, "General Admission has its low moments — the series of emotional, down-tempo songs is a bit repetitive by the end — but it feels much more cohesive than his last effort."[11] David Jeffries of AllMusic stated that "General Admission can be corrosive and coarse like Nirvana's In Utero, but while it lacks that album's artistic weight, it's proud to be unattractive which, oddly enough, becomes this druggy downer's allure."[9] Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX called it "a mixed-bag of an album that aims high and falls short, but an amazing story is told along the way."[10] Conversely, Jacob Sigmon of WPGU said "the lyrics, production value, and overall message is sloppy and very painful to listen to."[12]

Commercial performance edit

General Admission debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, powered by first week sales of 56,000 equivalent album units; it sold 49,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit total reflecting the album's streaming activity and track sales.[13] The album also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Track listing edit

1."Spotlight" (featuring Lzzy Hale)Jim Jonsin5:05
2."Alpha Omega"
3."Till I Die"
4."Eddie Cane"
  • Baker
  • Johnson
JP Did This 13:06
5."Bad Mother Fucker" (featuring Kid Rock)
JP Did This 13:33
6."World Series"
  • Baker
  • Johnson
  • MGK
  • JP Did This 1
  • Slim Gudz
Jim Jonsin2:54
  • Baker
  • Nathan Fox
  • Rami Eadeh
  • Fox
  • J.P. Floyd
  • Rami Beatz
9."Gone" (featuring Leroy Sanchez)
  • Baker
  • Scheffer
  • Leroy Sanchez
  • de Boni
  • Marzouca
Jim Jonsin4:01
10."Story of the Stairs"
  • Cameron
  • Grizz Lee
11."Merry Go Round"
  • Jonsin
  • Decilveo
12."A Little More" (featuring Victoria Monet)
13."All Night Long"
  • Baker
  • Andrew Papaleo
  • Warren Zevon
Total length:51:35
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
14."Make It Happen"
  • Baker
  • Johnson
  • Eric Allen
  • Diji Parq
JP Did This 14:43
15."Round Here"BakerSlim Gudz4:20
  • Baker
  • Brown
Total length:65:10
f.y.e. exclusive bonus tracks
17."Life"Cool & Dre3:59
18."Till I Die: Part II" (featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, French Montana, Yo Gotti and Ray Cash)
  • MGK
  • McPerry
  • J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
Total length:73:27

Charts edit

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 500,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also edit

References edit

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  6. ^ "Video: Machine Gun Kelly – 'Till I Die'". Rap-Up. January 5, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Video: Machine Gun Kelly feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, French Montana, & Yo Gotti – 'Till I Die (Part II)'". Rap-Up. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
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  12. ^ Sigmon, Jacob (October 20, 2015). "Machine Gun Kelly - General Admission (Review)". WPGU. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
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