The standard cover for Machine Gun Kelly’s “General Admission”.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Last week, Machine Gun Kelly unveiled the cover art for his second album, General Admission, due out October 16.
One aspect of the cover that local fans will notice immediately is the inclusion of some Cleveland buildings, including the Key Tower. However, according to the designer, there are several hidden meanings hidden in the ornate work of art.
“Every little aspect that is added to the piece has to do with every song on the album,” says graphic designer Tyler Nikkel. “The album touches a lot of different things. One thing would be how dark the world is sometimes and things like that. That’s how I did the main cover.”
Nikkel, a Kansas resident, says he has worked with MGK for a year. As a fan of MGK’s music, Nikkel began posting fan art on social media to get the Cleveland rapper’s attention. Mission accomplished.
Nikkel said he started working on the cover for General Admission back in February and backed up with MGK over design concepts, including the short-term inclusion of Cleveland architecture.
“At first there were probably four or five buildings,” Nikkel recalls. “Then he wanted something to do with Cleveland and we made those buildings gold colored. The whole cover started with a tiny little sketch and then he’d approve things until we got the masterpiece.”
Nikkel was careful not to reveal too much about the album cover, including whatever else he had done for the inside pages. He says things like the phone hanging on a cliff; The mushroom cloud on the ground and the centerpiece of the tree remain a mystery until fans hear “General Admission”.
One thing Nikkel wanted to reveal is how good the album is.
“I think it’s the biggest album I’ve ever heard to be honest,” says Nikkel. “It’s damn good.”
Check out the track listing for “General Admission” starring Kid Rock and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm:
- Headlights (feat. Lzzy Hale)
- Alpha Omega
- Till I die
- Eddie Cane
- Bad Mother F ***** (feat. Kid Rock)
- World series
- Every day
- Gone (feat. Leroy Sanchez)
- History of the stairs
- Happy round
- A little more (feat. Victoria Monet)
- All night
- Make it happen
- Around here