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MGK

MGK, or Machine Gun Kelly, is a Cleveland rapper born Richard Colson Baker. Taking his stage name from the notorious mobster and applying it to himself for his rapid-fire lyrical flow, MGK started rapping while still in high school and quickly gained a large local following through the release of several mixtapes, 2006's Stamp of Approval, 2008's Homecoming, and 100 Words and Running and Lace Up, both released in 2010. In 2011 the MC appeared on the track "Inhale" by Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J, and in its video, which also featured Steve O from television's Jackass. Later that year, after a performance at the South by Southwest Music Conference, Kelly was approached by Bad Boy CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs and eventually inked a deal with Bad Boy/Interscope. In March of 2012 he released the Half Naked & Almost Famous EP under the name MGK, followed in October of the same year by his proper debut, Lace Up. During this time, he also signed a deal with Young and Restless to work on a clothing line. In 2015 he released General Admission, a dark, autobiographical effort released under the full name of Machine Gun Kelly.

Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper, and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio. MGK embarked on a musical career as a teenager, releasing a mixtape in 2006. He would then go on to release four further mixtapes that garnered him nationwide attention by 2010.nMGK then secured a recording contract with Bad Boy and Interscope Records in 2011. His major label debut album, Lace Up, was released in October 2012 to critical success. The record contained the top 100 singles "Wild Boy", "Invincible", "Stereo", and "Hold On (Shut Up)", and debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart; it was later confirmed to have sold more than 178,000 copies by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In early 2015, he released the top 100 singles "Till I Die" and "A Little More" as the lead singles for his second studio album, General Admission, which released in October 2015, to critical and commercial success. The album incorporated darker tones, rap rock, R&B, and deep storytelling, and debuted atop the charts in the US.nMGK has also appeared in various films, starring in the critically acclaimed Beyond the Lights, as Kid Culprit. He would then star in Roadies as Jesse, before being cast in lead roles for Viral, Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 and Nerve.

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