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Watch MGK shred a Rihanna cover as requested by Marilyn Manson

Machine Gun Kelly is continuing his legendary “Lockdown Sessions” with a pretty special request. On Day 21 of the quarantine entertainment, MGK covered a Rihanna song requested by his good friend Marilyn Manson

The Rihanna song covered is “Love On The Brain” from her 2016 album ANTI.

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As Machine Gun Kelly began his isolation, he started dropping daily cover videos which eventually expanded into freestyles too.

He started with a quick riff cover of Paramore‘s “Misery Business.” To date, he’s done everything from a cover of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,”  Juice WRLD‘s “Lucid Dreams” and tons of other songs. 

He’s also given a cover of Avril Lavigne‘s “Sk8er Boi” and shared full performances of Paramore‘s “Misery Business” with Travis Barker as well as an Oasis cover of their track “Champagne Supernova” with YUNGBLUD.

He’s even sampled tracks from PVRIS and Shawn Mendes to spit his freestyles over. In general, Machine Gun Kelly hasn’t limited himself to only covering one genre which is keeping us all entertained during the quarantine. 

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And today (April 22), he’s expanding his repertoire even more by covering Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain.” 

How did Machine Gun Kelly even think to cover this hit? Well, the answer is he didn’t. At the beginning of the video, we’re treated to a Facetime call with Marilyn Manson where MGK asks him which song to cover.

Manson barely hesitates before saying “Rihanna, ‘Love On The Brain.'” MGK was clearly confused at first by the odd suggestions but followed through and gave us an impressive cover of the track. 

His favorite part of the cover though? He got to rip a guitar solo for his birthday. Marilyn Manson usually pops in on MGK’s birthday with something a bit unusual. Last year, Manson gifted a dildo with his face on it to the birthday boy.

Much of the new video is shot in a circular mirror with an eery blue light, providing the ambiance needed to appreciate the track. It also could resemble a birthday cake. You decide. 

Watch the full video below. 

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In addition to his “Lockdown Sessions,” Machine gun Kelly is also still working his way through the final stages of his upcoming pop-punk album Tickets To My Downfall

The album was initially teased as a rock album amid studio sessions with Travis Barker, blackbearGoody GraceMod Sun and more back in December.

The record has a massive amount of guests set to appear. Other previous collaborators blackbear, Trippie Redd and Young Thug will be joining him on the new project. The rapper has also revealed hopes for collabs including Attila frontman Fronz and the Used vocalist Bert McCracken. Machine Gun Kelly got one wish granted at least with the Used vocalist.

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It was initially teased for an early 2020 release but was later changed to a summer dropSeveral teaser clips have arrived including a full band performance of an untitled song recently. Machine Gun Kelly has also given a playlist of songs inspiring the album.

The album’s release date is still unknown but is expected sometime this summer after delaying from its early 2020 release date.

MGK also just dropped his collab with Travis Barker and iann dior on April 17, called “Sick And Tired.” Check that out below.

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What do you think is next for  Machine Gun Kelly’s genre-encompassing “Lockdown Sessions?” Let us know in the comments below!

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