ARTIST PROFILE

Machine Gun Kelly

Name: Machine Gun Kelly

Birthday: April 22, 1990

Fav Dish: Hot Dog

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.

MGK 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 positive response from critics. The record contained the singles “Wild Boy”, “Invincible”, “Stereo”, and “Hold On (Shut Up)”, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart; it was later confirmed to have sold more than 178,000 copies. In early 2015, he released the singles “Till I Die” and “A Little More” for his second studio album, General Admission, which released in October 2015, and also debuted at number four in the US. The album incorporated darker tones, rap rock, R&B, and storytelling.
On June 25, MGK released the title of his second album as General Admission, due to be released in late September 2015.
On January 15, 2017, MGK joined Rupert Wyatt’s film Captive State alongside Vera Farmiga and John Goodman
MGK has also appeared in various films, starring in Beyond the Lights, as Kid Culprit. He would then star in Roadies as Wesley (a.k.a. Wes), before being cast in lead roles in Viral, Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 and Nerve.

On July 23, 2015, MGK released Fuck It, a 10-track mixtape containing songs that didn’t make the final track list of General Admission. The mixtape was reportedly released by MGK independently following Bad Boy consistently delaying the release of General Admission. On September 10, 2015, MGK announced the release date and the album art of General Admission, stating that the album would be released on October 16 of that year. General Admission released on the described date, and debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, powered by first week sales 56,000 album-equivalent units; it has sold 49,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit total reflecting the album’s streaming activity and track sales. The album also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

On February 14, the NBA used the song “Make It Happen” during the halftime highlights package of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. The following week, MGK appeared at Fastlane, which was hosted at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

MGK released “Bad Things” in late 2016, a joint single with Camila Cabello, which has reached a peak of nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 so far.

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