Machine Gun Kelly (MGK)



Machine Gun Kelly visits AOL Music on 10 July 2012 in New York. Photos by Gino DePinto, AOL

Richard Colson Baker (born 22 April 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 wih 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 25 June, MGK released the title of his second album as General Admission, due to be released in late September 2015. On 23 July 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 16 October 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.

MGK has also appeared in various films, starring in Beyond the Lights, as Kid Culprit. He would then star in Roadies as Wesley (aka Wes), before being cast in lead roles in Viral, Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 and Nerve. 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.



Discography

Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Title: Lead You On (Explicit)
Album: Black Flag (Deluxe)
Buy MP3: £0.79 (2016)
Buy Album: £6.49 (2016)
Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Title: World Series (Explicit)
Album: General Admission
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2015)
Buy Album: £8.99 (2015)
Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Title: Invincible
Title: Lace Up (Explicit)
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2012)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2012)
Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Title: Warning Shot
Album: Half Naked & Almost Famous (EP)
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2012)
Buy Album: £1.39 (2012)
Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Title: Cleveland State of Mind (Explicit)
Album: Rage Pack
Buy MP3: £0.79 (2011)
Buy Album: £6.49 (2011)
Artist: 2 Chainz
Title: The Pledge (Explicit)
Album: Rage Pack
Buy MP3: £0.79 (2011)
Buy Album: £6.49 (2011)

Albums
Studio albums

“General Admission” (16 October 2015) Label: Bad Boy, Interscope, “Lace Up” (9 October 2012) Label: Bad Boy, Interscope.

EPs
“Half Naked & Almost Famous” (20 March 2012).

Mixtapes

“Fuck It” (2015), “Black Flag” (2013), “EST 4 Life” (with Dub-O) (2012), “Rage Pack” (2011), “Lace Up: The Mixtape” (2010), “100 Words and Running” (2010), “Homecoming” (2009), “Certified” (2008), “Stamp of Approval” (2007), Unstoppable (2006).

Singles
As lead artist

“Bad Things” (with Camila Cabello) (2016 Album TBA), “Young Man” (featuring Chief Keef) (2016 Album TBA), “A Little More” (featuring Victoria Monet) (2015 Album General Admission), “Till I Die” (2015 Album General Admission), “Wild Boy (Remix)” (featuring Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Mystikal, Steve-O, Yo Gotti) (2012 Non-album single), “Hold On (Shut Up)” (featuring Young Jeezy) (2012 Album Lace Up), “Invincible” (featuring Ester Dean) (2011 Album Lace Up), “Wild Boy” (featuring Waka Flocka Flame) (2011 Album Rage Pack / Lace Up), “Alice in Wonderland” (2010 Album Midwest Block Starz).

As featured artist
“Alone” (Sleeping With Sirens featuring Machine Gun Kelly) (2013 Album Feel), “I Don’t Dance” (DMX featuring MGK) (2012 Album Undisputed).

Promotional singles
“World Series” (2015 Album General Admission), “No Miracles” (Kid Ink featuring Elle Varner and Machine Gun Kelly) (2013 Album My Own Lane).

Other charted songs
“Ocho Cinco” (French Montana featuring Machine Gun Kelly, Diddy, Red Cafe and Los) (2013 Album Mac & Cheese 3 and Excuse My French), “Lace Up” (MGK featuring Lil Jon) (2012 Album Lace Up).

Guest appearances

“Party In The 6” Pooh Gutta, Ray Jr (2015 Album East St Cleveough), “Same Crew” (Remix) Ray Jr., Dej Loaf, Young Dolph, Troy Ave (2015 Album N/A), “Go Crazy” Waka Flocka Flame (2015 Album Salute Me or Shoot Me 5), “Show Must Go On” Kid Ink, Math Allen (2015 Album Full Speed), “Ratchet” Pooh Gutta, Dubo, Tezo, Ray Jr (2014 Shark Season 2 (The Ratchet Album)), “Police” Pooh Gutta (2014 Shark Season 2 (The Ratchet Album)), “Body Parts” Migos (2014 Album No Label 2), “All for You” French Montana, Lana Del Rey, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg (2014 Album Coke Boys 4), “Weak Stomach” Caskey (2013 Album The Transient Classics), “Free The Madness” Steve Aoki (2013 Album Neon Future), “Alone” Sleeping with Sirens (2013 Album Feel), “Hell & Back” (Remix) Kid Ink (2012 Album Rocketshipshawty).

“Ocho Cinco” French Montana, Diddy, Red Café, Los (2012 Album Mac & Cheese 3 / Excuse My French), “Big Bass” Khil Datta (2012 Album Movementality), “It’s My Party” Roscoe Dash, Lil Jon (2012 Album 2.0), “My Life” The Kickdrums (2012 Album Follow the Leaders), “Sloppy” (Remix) Ray Jr. Krayzie Bone (2011 Album N/A), “On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Part II) (Rage To This)” Mike Posner (2011 Album The Layover), “OhMyGod (OMGMGK)” The Madden Brothers (2011 Album Before – Volume One), “Boatload (Inhale)” Juicy J (2011 Album Rubba Band Business 2), “My City” Kid Ink, Killa Kyleon, Red Cafe (2011 Album N/A), “Look How I’m Doin’ (Remix)” Heidi Montag (2009 Album N/A).



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