Holy shit. MGK is the KING.
We’re giving him an honorary gold crown (with an official ANDPOP engraving of course) for giving one of the most chilled out, honest interviews we’ve ever had. ANDPOP’s Casey Jones sat down with the Cleveland rapper and knew it would be a good interview as soon as he started rolling a joint, completely casual. Read more…
Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Machine Gun Kelly, a hip-hop artist from Cleveland, Ohio.
Machine Gun Kelly, known as MGK for short, combines two of my favourite things: white rappers with mad skills, and illegal amounts of swagger. At 15, his rapid-fire lyrical style earned him his stage name, which is a reference to notorious 1930s gangster George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes. MGK has been blowing up on the hip-hop scene after releasing four mixtapes. His debut album, Lace Up, drops today!
Full name: Richard Colson Baker
Known for: MGK is known for his lightning speed delivery.
Used in a sentence: “If MGK continues to produce the type of brilliance he has thus far, then he’s probably going to have to change that dangerously placed “Almost Famous” tattoo.”
File next to: DMX, Yelawolf
Download now: “Invincible”
Five fun facts:
1. Born to missionary parents, MGK spent the first four years of his life in Egypt. He spoke Arabic before he spoke English. Read more…
Machine Gun Kelly is being sued by the bouncer he allegedly threw a bottle at, according to TMZ. The bouncer, whose name is William Long, filed a lawsuit in Florida claiming the rapper used a liquor bottle as a weapon to slice his finger during a massive bar brawl in January.
MGK was arrested for disorderly conduct following the incident and tweeted: ”Just spent my entire night in a f**king Florida jail…s**t escaladed way to quick last night, it always does with us though.”
Long is now seeking over $15,000 in damages, after being in the hospital for eight days with two different surgeries.
We’re used to celebrities being taken advantage of so the supposedly injured can get an extra buck. But this bouncer seems to have gone through some SERIOUS pain and post trauma. Ouch.
Warning, photo below is VERY graphic. We mean it: Read more…
We see the everyday struggles of several different people in MGK’s new video “Invincible,” featuring Ester Dean. Specifically, a grieving MGK, a bullied teen, a preacher, a pregnant woman, two pranksters, and a boxer.
It’s a sensitive side of MGK that we don’t see often. And we like it.
MGK’s debut studio album Lace Up, drops on July 10.
Watch the video here:
In Machine Gun Kelly’s new video for “Chasing Pavements” he reflects on his rise to flame, 30,000 feet in the air. The T.S. Pfeffer-directed video was shot in one take, with a reflective MGK rapping and looking out the window.
The song samples Adele’s track of the same name, and appears on his 2011 mixtape Rage Pack.
Watch it here:
Machine Gun Kelly’s new music video for “Half Naked And Almost Famous” chronicles his life over the past year by mashing together home-shot footage of his life into a documentary. Check out MGK running through Beverly Hills in his boxers, crashing college dorm parties and pillow-fighting at a sorority.
The song is the title track on his debut album Half Naked And Almost Famous and samples the synth-pop hit “Young Blood” from New Zealand indie rockers The Naked and Famous.
The video starts with him accepting the Breaking Woodie Award. Skipping back a year, you can see he’s come a long way. [Source]
Watch the video below:
This happens to everyone at least once – you are at a party having a good time, and you accidentally smoke a bit of crack. MGK shares this hilarious story on how this happened to him.
MGK is one of the most honest people we’ve ever interviewed. He doesn’t pretend to have an alter-ego or a king pin drug-dealing persona, he’s a regular guy and that’s what he writes about. It’s 2012 and there’s not a lot of room for bullsh*t. That’s why we suspect it bothers him when certain “not so authentic” people plagiarize his message. In this interview he talks about his past, his song writing and the people ripping off the lace up movement.