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Meet: Machine Gun Kelly

Posted on May 16, 2017

With the release of his new album bloom, along with the collaboration tracks we’ve constantly been hearing on the radio, Machine Gun Kelly has been taking the world by a storm!

27 year old Richard Baker, who goes by Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), is a solo hip hop/rap artist. How did he get this stage name, you may wonder? Apparently, it is because of his crazy fast lyrical flow! And truth be told, MGK has some FIRE bars.

MGK started writing lyrics while in school, as an escape to being bullied. Looks like some good came out of the bad because fast forward to 2017 and he has released a total of five mixtapes and three studio albums. He has even collaborated with Mike Posner, French Montana, Lil Jon, Waka Flocka Flame and most recently, Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Quavo and even Ty Dolla $ign! Talk about some quality features.

In 2006, still attending middle school, MGK released his first mixtape and had a breakthrough, leading him to start performing live at local Cleveland venues. A few years later, in 2009, he performed at the Apollo Theatre, and was the first rapper to ever claim a victory there. It was 2011 when he inked his first recording contract, signing to Bad Boy & Interscope. In 2012, he released his first debut album, Lace Up, which debuted at #4 on the US Billboard 200.



Most recently, MGK has been very busy on tour. He had a little bit of a slow down when he broke his sternum one night in Florida back in mid-April, 2017. He powered through the show, and even though his doctor instructed him to stay off the stage for an entire month, he was performing through the pain in order to please his fans! Dedicated to the craft, MGK!

PS – was that Halsey above?

MGK was also seen performing at Wango Tango 2017, where friends (and collaborators) Camilla Cabello & Hailee Steinfeld took the stage with him to perform their respective collaborative tracks!

Last Friday, MGK released bloom, featuring hit tracks “At My Best” (feat. Hailee Steinfeld), “Bad Things” (feat. Camilla Cabello) & “Trap Paris” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Quavo). MGK revealed that this studio album was much inspired by Radiohead, and that “Bad Things” was actually the first love song he has ever written! … We think it’s working out alright for him!

Check out the full album below!

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