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Machine Gun Kelly

April 25 • Bogart's

By Brian Baker · April 23rd, 2013 · Sound Advice
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Hip Hop sensation Richard Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK), announced his current Lace Up tour in novel fashion; he became his own street team. Armed with a cardboard sign with the Sharpied message “Come to My Show” and a videographer to document the event, MGK hit the roadsides of his Cleveland base to publicize his 2013 run in support of Lace Up, his 2012 debut studio album, as well as his new mixtape, the soon-to-drop Black Flag.

“Champions,” the first song and video from Black Flag, is a stone trip, featuring MGK’s patented swagger and flow and some improv from his label boss Diddy, not to mention a Chipmunked sample of Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” courtesy of The Diplomats.

Just 23 years old (wish him many more when you see him; his birthday was April 22), MGK was born in Texas to missionaries who made him a world citizen before he started school.

His first four years were spent in Egypt, where he learned Arabic before English. As a middle schooler in Denver, he got into Rap via DMX and Ludacris; two years after his relocation to Cleveland at age 14, MGK dropped his first mixtape, 2006’s Stamp of Approval (he got his ’30s gangster-referenced nickname for his rapid-fire vocals).

After three more mixtapes, MGK made a fan of Sean Combs, who signed him to Bad Boy. Since then, MGK has been named Hottest Breakthrough MC by MTV, won MTVu's Breaking Woodie award, hit Billboard's Top 5 with Lace Up and been featured on XXL's Top 10 Freshmen list. 

Make no mistake, Machine Gun Kelly is laced up and ready to push his game to the next level.

MACHINE GUN KELLY plays Thursday, April 25 at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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