Machine Gun Kelly, born Richard Colson Baker in 1990, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. He first gained recognition in the music industry in 2010 with his mixtape “Lace Up,” which led to a recording contract with Bad Boy Records. Since then, he has released five studio albums, with his most recent one, “Born with Horns,” dropping in 2022.
MGK’s Music Career
MGK’s music is often described as alternative hip hop, with a mix of punk rock and pop-punk influences. He cites DMX, Eminem, Blink-182, and Guns N’ Roses as his musical inspirations. His music often features personal and emotional lyrics that reflect his own struggles, including addiction and mental health issues.
His breakthrough single, “Wild Boy” featuring Waka Flocka Flame, peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2012. He then achieved greater commercial success with his fourth studio album, “Tickets to My Downfall,” which was released in 2020. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit single “My Ex’s Best Friend” featuring blackbear.
MGK’s Acting Career
In addition to his music career, MGK has also pursued acting. He made his film debut in the 2014 romantic drama “Beyond the Lights,” and went on to co-star in the 2016 drama film “The Land,” produced by Nas. He has also had small roles in films such as “Bird Box” and “Nerve.”
Personal Life and Controversies
MGK has been open about his struggles with addiction, including heroin, cocaine, and Adderall. He has also been an advocate for the use of cannabis and has incorporated it into his music and personal persona. In terms of politics, he has identified as an anarchist in the past.
MGK has also been involved in several high-profile relationships. He has a daughter with ex-girlfriend Emma Cannon, and has dated model Amber Rose and actress Megan Fox, whom he became engaged to in 2022.
Machine Gun Kelly has established himself as a versatile artist, with success in both the music and acting industries. Despite facing personal struggles and controversies, he has remained open and honest with his fans. With his recent album release and engagement announcement, it’s clear that MGK’s career is still on the rise.