Artist Spotlight: Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly burst onto the music scene with a lifetime’s worth of determination in 2012. 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.

With the release of his first album Lace Up, Machine Gun Kelly immediately shot to fame.

His first official album via EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records debuted at number two on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and MTV awarded MGK its’ Breaking Woodie Award in 2012. It is his strength that appeals to the young legion of fans as showcased by his chosen beats, awakening musical rhythms and creatively crafted lyrics.

 His 2015 sophomore album, General Admission clinched a #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts and 2017 ushered in a #1 hit on pop radio with his Camila Cabello collaboration, “Bad Things.” Produced by The Futuristics (Chris Brown/Bruno Mars), “Bad Things” has also owned the Billboard Hot 100 list by staying strong for 16+ weeks. The song has amassed more than 245m+ streams globally with a radio audience of 145m and is now RIAA certified platinum.

Machine Gun Kelly has pushed to become the jack of all trades and diversify his creative portfolio with a number of projects outside of music. He was handpicked by famed writer/director Cameron Crowe for a regular role on the Showtime series, Roadies and also starred in independent films such as Punks Dead, Nerve (with Dave Franco and Emma Roberts) and The Land (with Erykah Badu) in which he served as co-executive producer.

Machine Gun Kelly has also successfully kicked off his fashion debut by signing to Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, and closed out the John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2017 “Wild at Heart” presentation in the last and biggest men’s show of NYFW last week. He will star in the upcoming Rupert Wyatt-directed sci-fi film, Captive State and is gearing up to release his third album this spring.

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