MGK and Yungblud I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version) Resonates Five Years Later

by Alex Harris

6th July, 2024

MGK and Yungblud I Think I'm OKAY (Sad Version) Resonates Five Years Later

On July 5, 2024, Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) revisited his critically acclaimed album “Hotel Diablo” with a deluxe edition titled “Hotel Diablo: Floor 13 Edition (Reissue).”

MGK Hotel Diablo: Floor 13 Edition album cover
MGK Hotel Diablo: Floor 13 Edition album cover

This release marks the fifth anniversary of the original album and features reimagined versions of fan-favourite tracks, including the heart-wrenching “I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version).”

“I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version)” A New Take on a Platinum Hit

The acoustic rendition of I Think I’m OKAY breathes new life into the certified platinum hit.

Originally featuring YUNGBLUD and Travis Barker, this stripped-down version showcases MGK and YUNGBLUD’s raw vocals, allowing listeners to experience the song’s emotional depth in a fresh light.

Behind the Scenes: Reflecting on the Original Collaboration

Looking back at the creation of I Think I’m OKAY, we’re reminded of the spontaneous energy that birthed this hit.

In a 2019 interview, MGK shared insights into the collaborative process with YUNGBLUD and Travis Barker:

“We were obviously going back and forth trying to just figure out our own legacy riff, ya know what I mean. Like everybody has that one riff when you start playin’ it, like the crowds go crazy.”

YUNGBLUD’s contribution was particularly memorable, as MGK recounted:

“Yungblud came in and he had 10 minutes to record his verse cause I had a session with Travis that day. He walked in the booth, freestyled every part of his verse.”

This spontaneous energy carried through to Travis Barker’s involvement:

“I face timed him 15 minutes later and Travis was playin’ drums in there. Cause I walked in and played it for Travis. He was like, ‘Aw dude, I got it, I got lay somethin’ on this’.”

Now, five years later, the “Sad Version” of the track strips away the energetic production, allowing listeners to focus on the raw emotion of those original performances.

This reimagining serves as a testament to the song’s enduring power and the artistic growth of both MGK and YUNGBLUD since their initial collaboration.

“I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version)” Lyrics Breakdown: A Deep Dive into Vulnerability

The song’s opening line sets the tone for its raw honesty:

“Watch me take a good thing and fuck it all up in one night”

This powerful admission resonates with listeners who’ve experienced self-sabotage or impulsive behaviour.

The chorus continues to explore themes of self-destructive behaviour and alienation:

“Catch me, I’m the one on the run away from the headlights
No sleep, up all week, wasting time with people I don’t like
I think something’s fucking wrong with me”

These lyrics paint a vivid picture of someone grappling with inner turmoil and a sense of not belonging.

YUNGBLUD’s verse adds another layer of complexity:

“Roll me up and smoke me, love
And we can fly into the night
You take drugs on gravestones
To figure it all out on your own”

These lines delve into escapism and the use of substances to cope with life’s challenges, a theme that resonates with many listeners struggling with similar issues.

The Power of Acoustic Reimagining

The “Sad Version” of I Think I’m OKA” strips away the original’s energetic production, leaving the raw emotion of the lyrics to take centre stage.

This acoustic approach allows fans to connect with the song’s message on a deeper level, highlighting the vulnerability and pain behind the words.

MGK’s Reflection on “Hotel Diablo”

Looking back on the album’s creation, MGK shares:

“When I was recording Hotel Diablo, I feel like the studio house that the majority of that record was recorded in, literally was Hotel Diablo. I mean, that place was open doors for the entire city of Los Angeles. It was so dark.”

This environment clearly influenced the album’s overall tone and themes, particularly evident in I Think I’m OKAY.

Celebrating Five Years of Impact

To commemorate the song’s enduring popularity, MGK released a new music video for I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version).

The video offers fans a glimpse behind the scenes, featuring footage of MGK and YUNGBLUD backstage, celebrating the track’s platinum status, and during a photoshoot from the original release era.

MGK expressed his gratitude on Instagram, saying, “A love letter to you from us ‘i think im okay’ (sad version) video out now. Can you believe it’s been 5 years already??”

Dive into the Emotional Abyss

Don’t just listen to I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version); let it consume you.

This stripped-down track isn’t background noise; it’s a sonic journey through the darkest corners of self-doubt and vulnerability.

Crank up the volume, close your eyes, and let MGK and YUNGBLUD’s raw vocals pierce your soul.

As the haunting acoustic melody washes over you, challenge yourself to confront your own demons. Which lyrics hit too close to home? What memories resurface as you absorb each verse? This isn’t just music; it’s therapy set to a guitar riff.

Spark a Conversation

Got thoughts? Don’t keep them bottled up.

Hit up your group chat or blast your hot takes on social media with #IThinkImOKAYSadVersion.

Whether you’re praising MGK’s lyrical prowess or debating the song’s deeper meaning, get the dialogue flowing.

Mental health isn’t a taboo topic, so let’s normalize talking about our struggles and triumphs.

And for those die-hard MGK fans, why not make it a listening party? Gather your crew, spin the entire “Hotel Diablo: Floor 13 Edition,” and dissect every track.

Bonus points if you recreate the vibe of MGK’s infamous studio sessions (minus the four-day benders, of course).

MGK’s “Hotel Diablo” Anniversary Extravaganza

The release of “Hotel Diablo: Floor 13 Edition” isn’t just a reissue – it’s a celebration of MGK’s artistic journey.

This special edition showcases the rapper-turned-rocker’s evolution and his deep connection with fans.

The original “Hotel Diablo” made waves upon its release, debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and earning critical acclaim.

Digital Journal bestowed an “A” grade, while All Music awarded an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Cleveland Coffee Shop Takeover

MGK is taking the party offline, too. His 27 Club Coffee Shop in Cleveland, Ohio, will be ground zero for the “Hotel Diablo” anniversary festivities.

Fans can expect exclusive merch drops and themed specials that pay homage to the album’s rap-rock fusion.

It’s the perfect pilgrimage for MGK devotees looking to immerse themselves in the “Hotel Diablo” universe.

Cheshire Cottage Sessions: Intimate Performances

In recent months, MGK has treated fans to a series of intimate performances from his Cheshire Cottage home.

These raw, stripped-down sessions showcase his versatility as an artist.

Highlights include a haunting cover of Zach Bryan’s “Sun To Me” and a living room rendition of “BMXXing” featuring Travis Barker.

These performances offer a glimpse into MGK’s creative process and his ability to seamlessly blend genres.

Hotel Diablo: Floor 13 Edition Tracklist

1. “El Pistolero”
2. “Bullets With Names (feat. Young Thug, RJMrLA, Lil Duke)”
3. “Floor 13 (Live From Cleveland 8.13.22)”
4. “I Think I’m Okay (with YUNGBLUD) (Sad Version)”
5. “Glass House (feat. Naomi Wild) (Sad Version)”
6. “5:3666 (v1 Demo)”

This expanded edition offers fans a mix of new tracks, reimagined favourites, and rare demos, providing a comprehensive look at the “Hotel Diablo” era.

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​mgk & YUNGBLUD I Think I’m OKAY (Sad Version) Lyrics

Intro: YUNGBLUD
Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah

Chorus: mgk
Watch me take a good thing and fuck it all up in one night
Catch me, I’m the one on the run away from the headlights
No sleep, up all week, wasting time with people I don’t like
I think something’s fucking wrong with me

Verse 1: mgk
Drown myself in alcohol, that don’t never help at all
I might say some stupid things tonight when you pick up this call
I’ve been hearin’ silence on the other side for way too long
I can taste it on my tongue, I can tell that something’s wrong, but
I guess it’s just my life and I can take it if I wanna
But I can’t hide in hills of California
Because these hills have eyes, and I got paranoia
I hurt myself sometimes, is that too scary for you?

Chorus: mgk
Watch me take a good thing and fuck it all up in one night
Catch me, I’m the one on the run away from the headlights
No sleep, up all week, wasting time with people I don’t like
I think something’s fucking wrong with me

Verse 2: YUNGBLUD
Roll me up and smoke me, love
And we can fly into the night
Roll me up and smoke me, love
And we can fly into the night
You take drugs on gravestones
To figure it all out on your own
You take drugs on gravestones
To figure it all out on your own

Chorus: YUNGBLUD & mgk
Watch me take a good thing and fuck it all up in one night
Catch me, I’m the one on the run away from the headlights
No sleep, up all week, wasting time with people I don’t like
I think something’s fucking wrong with me

Outro: YUNGBLUD & mgk
You’ll find me alone at midnight
Inside my mind, tryna get things right
They want to keep you callin’
So you don’t wake in the mornin’
Goodnight, goodnight
Goodnight, goodnight

Mm, uh-uh-uh, yeah, mm-mm

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