Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Machine Gun Kelly


   Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), best known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly or MGK, is an American rapper from Shaker Heights, Ohio. His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow. He is known for his three mixtapes, 100 Words and Running, Lace Up and Rage Pack. He also has been featured in XXL.In mid 2011 MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing. On August 3, 2011, he announced he signed with Diddy's Bad Boy Records, and Interscope Records.On December 14, 2011, Machine Gun Kelly was named the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011 by MTV.

Early life:

   Colson Baker was born in 1990, in Texas to missionary parents and took up residence in Egypt, Germany, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Ohio.Since he lived the first four years of his life in Egypt, he spoke Arabic before English.He started listening to rap at the age of four when he went to a predominantly black school in Denver.At 14, Baker moved to his now hometown Cleveland, where he attended Shaker Heights High School, graduating in 2008.

Musical career:

  On the verge of getting evicted, Baker went to Harlem's Apollo Theater in March 2009 where he had back-to-back victories, making him the first rapper to ever win at the Apollo Theater.He records music in his home studio which he refers to as the "Rage Cage".Colson first started to gain exposure when he was featured on MTV2's Sucker Free Freestyle, where he freestyled numerous verses from his "Chip Off The Block" single. In 2009, he was featured on a remix of reality television star Heidi Montag's single Look How I'm Doing from her debut album Superficial.

   In February 2010, he released his debut mixtape 100 Words and Running.He released his second mixtape in November 2010 titled Lace Up which featured the hometown anthem "Cleveland" which is played at Cleveland Cavaliers home games and is on rotation on Z107.9 in Cleveland.Lace Up was recorded in three months in 2010 during a creative burst.He is currently touring, and has forged a friendship with Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J who tapped Kelly to appear on his track "Inhale" in January 2011 which was produced by Lex Luger the music video for "Boat Load" featured Steve-O from Jackass.In March 2011 he participated in his first SXSW show in Austin, Texas.

   At the SXSW show he was approached by Sean Combs and since then has gained massive exposure throughout the music scene. In 2011 Machine Gun Kelly signed with Bad Boy Records which is associated with Interscope.He was featured on the XV song "Finally Home".On November 15, Machine Gun Kelly released a music video for the song "Wild Boy" featuring American rapper Waka Flocka Flame. On December 8, 2011, Machine Gun Kelly appeared on BET's 106 & Park along side Waka Flocka Flame to premier the video.


   Machine Gun Kelly was signed by Jimmy Iovine, and Diddy to Interscope, and Bad Boy Records on August 3, 2011. In official statement given, Kelly's debut album is titled Lace Up due first quarter of 2012.

   The first single of the album, "Wild Boy" featuring rapper Waka Flocka Flame, was released on September 27, 2011.On the week of January 28, 2011, The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on at number 98.

   His song "Invincible" is feature in a commercial for the HTC ReZound as well as the official theme song of Wrestlemania XXVIII. The song was released on iTunes December 16, 2011 featuring singer Ester Dean as the second single of the album.





(featuring Waka Flocka Flame)

   "Wild Boy" is a song by American hip hop recording artist MGK. The song, released September 27, 2011, serves as his debut single and the lead single for his upcoming debut studio album Lace Up. It features fellow American rapper Waka Flocka Flame and was produced by GB Hitz.

   The music video, directed by Spliff TV, was released to MGK's VEVO on November 16, 2011. The video depicts MGK at his girlfriend’s house having dinner with her parents along with the song’s featured artist Waka Flocka Flame. During dinner, the girl’s parents ask Waka Flocka Flame what he "does for a living," in which Waka Flocka Flame responds by hitting her father in the head with a glass bottle and the two artists answer with a wild warehouse performance of ‘Wild Boy’ where stage diving, bonfires, Steve-O references and partying ensues. The video features a cameo appearance from comedian and actor Katt Williams.

   The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week of January 28, 2012 at number 98.

(featuring Ester Dean)

Here, feel the beat of the MGK:

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