Jacoby Shaddix was recently interviewed by and revealed that Machine Gun Kelly and Skylar Grey both guested on the new Papa Roch album. You hear him talk about that below. The effort is expected to be released in May.
Shaddix said the following about the collaborations (transcribed by Blabbermouth):
When we drop this record, we knew that PAPA ROACH, we are a staple in rock music. I feel that we’ve earned that over the course of our career. And when we first came into the game… I’ve always been a big fan of hip-hop. I fell out of love with it for a few years, but then there’s some new artists that I really am a big fan of, Machine Gun Kelly in particular. We collaborated at the [Alternative Press Music Awards], and that was awesome. And then I had this track called ‘Sunrise Trailer Park’, and I needed a guest spot, and I played him ‘Crooked Teeth’, and he was just, like, ‘Dude, P-ROACH is back! This is so sick!’ So I was, like, ‘Hey, I’ve got this track I would love for you to be on.’ And so it was very organic. And then we’ve got this other track called ‘Periscope’. We wanted to have a guest female vocal on it, and on the last album, we had Maria Brink from IN THIS MOMENT on ‘Gravity’. I didn’t wanna just go in and grab another rock chick. I wanted to work with somebody that was outside the box and different but that I was a fan of. So I’ve been listening to this girl Skylar Grey for [a few] years now. And she’s been on some great tracks — she’s been on some Dre stuff, some Eminem stuff, she’s been on a FORT MINOR track. But she’s kind of this indie, alternative, pop type of girl, and she’s just got a lot of credibility in that scene, and she’s got a great voice, and I’m a big fan. And so I thought, why not try some collaborations and some guest spots that were outside the box, not the norm? ‘Cause I feel… I’m a big fan of bands like QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN, FAITH NO MORE — bands that always evolved and tried new things and took their fans on a journey. Because when you go and listen back to LED ZEPPELIN records through their career, they did all kinds of differnet stuff — they were folk, heavy metal, rhythm and blues, straight-up rock and roll, and they melded all those things together. QUEEN, they always took their fans on a ride, and so that’s what we wanna do. We feel, as creators and artists, that’s our responsibility — to challenge our fans and to also challenge ourselves, without going too far and being too self-indulgent.”