Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly burst onto the music scene with a lifetime’s worth of determination in 2012. With the release of his first album “Lace Up,” Machine Gun Kelly immediately shot to fame. The talented young rapper who hails from Cleveland, OH possesses the attitude of rap greats with the talent to match. From his gritty rhymes to his tenacious presence, MGK has become a permanent staple in the hearts of his ever so growing fan base. Penning rhymes about everything from family struggles, relationships and addiction, Kelly as an artist embodies every generation’s relentless perseverance toward creating a better future with some good-old fashioned grit.
Nicknamed MGK by his fans, the MC released his first mixtape Stamp of Approval in 2006 and built a Cleveland fan base but it was a trip to New York’s legendary Apollo Theater in 2009 that would sky rocket him to fame. “I got booed as soon as I walked on the Apollo stage and then I won…twice.” MGK became the first rapper in history to win the Apollo talent show.
In 2011, the Ohio native secured a record deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records through Diddy’s Bad Boy Records imprint. With the release of his first album, Lace Up, MGK earned a spot at number two on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, clinched an MTV European Music Award and won four Ohio Hip-Hop Awards. The ability to seamlessly blend hip-hop and rock genres has allowed MGK to reserve a top spot in both worlds. With various punk and rap influences tangled in MGK’s crafty beats and lyrics the rapper has been able to distinguish himself from the masses. “My punk influences blend into my raps and a lot of it is in my raspy, grungy voice,” Machine Gun Kelly says. “Punk also gave me a different writing style, I use more words and it taught me to put my views into my subject matter. Living life and doing what you have to keep moving forward.”
(BIO COURTESY OF INTERSCOPE RECORDS)