Machine Gun Kelly Biography (Who is Machine Gun Kelly?)
Colson Baker is better known as Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), is an American rapper, singer, musician, and actor. He is noted for his compositional blending of contemporary and alternative hip hop with rock.
Machine Gun Kelly released four mixtapes between 2007 and 2010 before signing with Bad Boy Records. He released his debut studio album, Lace Up, in 2012, which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 and contained his breakout single “Wild Boy” (featuring Waka Flocka Flame).
Machine Gun Kelly had his first starring role in the romantic drama Beyond the Lights (2014), and since appeared in the techno-thriller Nerve (2016), the horror Bird Box (2018), the comedy Big Time Adolescence and portrayed Tommy Lee in the biopic The Dirt (both 2019).
|Name:||Machine Gun Kelly|
|Real Name||Colson Baker|
|Also Known As||MGK|
|Date of Birth||April 22, 1990 (age 31)|
|Birthplace||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Education||Shaker Heights High School|
|Profession||Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Musician, Actor|
|Origin||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, Pop rap, Rap rock, Pop punk|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Drums|
|Labels||EST 19XX, Bad Boy, Interscope|
|Associated acts||24kGoldn, Blackbear, Earl St. Clair, Iann Dior, Mod Sun, Kellin Quinn, |
Puff Daddy, Travis Barker, Travis Porter, Trippie Redd, Yungblud
Machine Gun Kelly Early Life, Education, and Family (Father/Mother/Brother/Sister):
Colson Baker was born on April 22, 1990, in Houston to missionary parents. Baker and his family moved all around the world and took up residence abroad from Egypt to Germany, as well as throughout the United States, in Chicago, Denver, and Cleveland.
Tragedy struck him early on, as his mother left home. As if this were any less, his father suffered from depression and unemployment. Richard Colson Baker was ridiculed by his friends and neighbors. He started listening to rap in the sixth grade when he attended Hamilton Middle School, a school with an ethnically diverse student body in Denver.
The first three rappers that got him into the genre of hip hop as a child were Ludacris, Eminem and DMX, with Baker gaining interest in the genre after listening to DMX’s “We Right Here” from the album The Great Depression (2001).
Following his father’s departure, Baker stopped attending school and began to make a name for himself by calling out elder classmates. In 2005, his father returned to take them both to Kuwait before the pair were forced back stateside to Cleveland, where Baker attended Shaker Heights High School. In 2010, he graduated high school.
Machine Gun Kelly Music Career:
In 2006, Machine Gun Kelly released the mixtape Stamp of Approval. The response was overwhelming as it built a reputation for MGK as a performer and an artist. He began performing at local Cleveland venues.
In March 2009, while he was on the verge of getting evicted, Baker traveled to Harlem’s Apollo Theater, where he had consecutive victories, making him the first-ever rapper to win at the Apollo Theater. He recorded music in his home studio, which he refers to as the “Rage Cage”, and started to gain exposure when he was featured on MTV2’s Sucker Free Freestyle, where he freestyled numerous verses from his “Chip off the Block” single.
In February 2010, he released his second mixtape 100 Words and Running, where he derived his catchphrase, Lace Up, which started as a mixtape interlude, before making it a prominent reference in his music. Concurrently, MGK worked at Chipotle to support living.
In May 2010, he made his national debut with the single “Alice in Wonderland”, which was released on iTunes and accompanied by a music video along with the song via Block Starz Music. The single earned Baker the “Best Midwest Artist” at the 2010 Underground Music Awards and his “Alice in Wonderland” clip won Best Music Video at the 2010 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards.
In November 2010, he released his second mixtape titled Lace Up which featured the hometown anthem “Cleveland”. MGK appeared on the Juicy J track Inhale, which also featured Steve-O from the television series Jackass in the music video.
In March 2011, Baker participated in his first SXSW show in Austin, Texas, and at the show, he was approached by Sean Combs, who had offered Baker a recording contract with Bad Boy Records, which is associated with and has its content distributed by Interscope. Prior to the contract, he was featured on the XV song “Finally Home”.
In mid-2011, MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing. He then released his first EP Half Naked & Famous on March 20, 2012. The EP debuted at 46 on the Billboard 200.
On December 14, 2011, Baker was named the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011 by MTV. On March 18, 2012, Baker won the MTVu Breaking Woodie award[ and later he featured on the cover of XXL as part of their annual “Top 10 Freshmen list”.
In October 2012, MGK’s debut album Lace Up was released. The album featured guest appearances from Bun B, Cassie, DMX, Ester Dean, Lil Jon, Tech N9ne, Twista, Waka Flocka Flame, Young Jeezy, and Dub-O. The album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200. It’s lead single Wild Boy peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 98. It was soon certified gold by the RIAA.
The song Invincible served as the second single of the album. Interestingly, Invincible was the official theme song of WrestleMania XXVIII and is currently the theme for Thursday Night Football on the NFL network. A little prior to the release of his debut album, MGK self-released a mixtape titled EST 4 Life, which contained both old and recently recorded material.
In February 2013, MGK came up with the music video for Champions which featured Diddy and samples The Diplomats’ song We are the Champions. The music video served as a promotional video for his brand new mixtape Black Flag which was eventually released on June 26, 2013. It had guest appearances from French Montana, Kellin Quinn, Dub-O, Sean McGee, and Tezo.
On January 5, 2015, MGK released the song Till I Die which was accompanied with a music video on his VEVO account. A little later, he came up with his remixed version and soon followed it up with his next song, a music video titled A Little More.
In July 2015, MGK released a 10-track mixtape titled Fuck It. It contained songs that didn’t make it to the final tracklist of his second album General Admission awaiting release.
MGK’s second studio album General Admission was released on October 16, 2015. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 49,000 copies in its first week. The album also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In the latter half of 2016, MGK released the single Bad Things. It was a joint single with Camila Cabello and peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100.
His other albums include Bloom (2017), Hotel Diablo (2019), and Tickets to My Downfall (2020).
On March 12, 2021, he released the single “DayWalker” featuring Corpse Husband. On April 29, he released the single “Love Race” featuring Kellin Quinn, the pair’s third collaboration.
Machine Gun Kelly Acting Career:
Machine Gun Kelly made his film debut in the 2014 romantic drama Beyond the Lights, where he played a “shallow, self-important” rapper named Kid Culprit.
His major films are The Land (2016), Nerve (2016), Bird Box (2018), The Dirt (2019), Project Power (2020), Midnight in the Switchgrass (2020), and The Last Son (2021).
Machine Gun Kelly Backing band:
- AJ Tyus – guitars (2017–present)
- Steve “Baze” Basil – bass, keyboards (2017–present)
- Brandon “Slimxx” Allen – keyboards, backing vocals (2017–present)
- JP “Rook” Cappelletty – drums (2017–present)
- Travis Barker – drums (2019–present)
Machine Gun Kelly Studio Albums:
- Lace Up (2012)
- General Admission (2015)
- Bloom (2017)
- Hotel Diablo (2019)
- Tickets to My Downfall (2020)
- Mainstream Sellout (2022)
List of Machine Gun Kelly Movies:
- Beyond the Lights (2014)
- Punk’s Dead (2016)
- Nerve (2016)
- Viral (2016)
- The Land Slick (2016)
- Bird Box (2018)
- Big Time Adolescence (2019)
- Captive State (2019)
- The Dirt (2019)
- The King of Staten Island (2020)
- Project Power (2020)
- The Last Son (2021)
- Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021)
- Jackass Forever (2022)
- One Way Freddy (TBA)
- Mourning with a U (TBA)
Machine Gun Kelly TV Series:
- WWE Raw – 2012, 2015, 2017
- Guy Court – 2013
- Unsung – 2014
- Catfish – 2015
- Ridiculousness – 2015
- Roadies – 2016
Machine Gun Kelly Video Games
- WWE 2K22 – 2022
Machine Gun Kelly Awards and Nominations:
- MTV Europe Music Awards (2012)
- MtvU Woodie Awards (2012; 2013)
- Ohio Hip Hop Awards (2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2014)
- Radio Disney Music Awards (2017)
- MTV Video Music Awards (2020; 2021)
- Billboard Music Awards (2021)
Machine Gun Kelly Age:
Machine Gun Kelly is 31 years old.
Machine Gun Kelly Height:
Machine Gun Kelly is 6′ 3” (1.92 m) tall.
Machine Gun Kelly Weight:
Machine Gun Kelly’s weight is 79 kg.
Machine Gun Kelly Networth/Income:
American rapper, singer, musician, and actor Colson Baker is better known as Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) net worth is est. $10 million – $15 million.
Machine Gun Kelly Personal Life, Wife, Girlfriend, Relationship, and Love Affairs:
In his teens, Colson Baker aka Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) was in a relationship with Emma Cannon and they have a daughter, Casie Colson Baker, born in July 2009. However, for some reason, they’re separated.
He was in a relationship with model and actress Amber Rose for two months beginning in April 2015. In March 2020, he began dating model Sommer Ray, however, the pair split the following month.
Since May 2020, he has been in a relationship with actress Megan Fox after the two met while filming Midnight in the Switchgrass. On January 12, 2022, Fox announced that the two were engaged.
Machine Gun Kelly Daughter:
Machine Gun Kelly’s daughter’s name is Casie Colson Baker, born in July 2009.
Machine Gun Kelly Social Networks:
- Machine Gun Kelly Website
- Machine Gun Kelly Apple Music
- Machine Gun Kelly Spotify
- Machine Gun Kelly SoundCloud
- Machine Gun Kelly Amazon Music
- Machine Gun Kelly Deezer
- Machine Gun Kelly Instagram
- Machine Gun Kelly Facebook
- Machine Gun Kelly Twitter
- Machine Gun Kelly TikTok
- Machine Gun Kelly YouTube