Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK)

Birth Name: 
Richard Colson Baker
Music Category: 
Best Known For: 

"Wild Boy"
"Bad Things"
"My Ex's Best Friend"
Being engaged to Megan Fox

Short bio: 

Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), known professionally 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). His second and third albums, General Admission (2015) and Bloom (2017), achieved similar commercial success; the latter included the single "Bad Things" (with Camila Cabello), which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. His fourth album, Hotel Diablo (2019), included rap rock.

Machine Gun Kelly released his fifth album, Tickets to My Downfall, in 2020; it marked a complete departure from hip hop and entry into pop punk. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, the only rock album to do so that year, and contained the single "My Ex's Best Friend", which reached number 20 on the Hot 100. He achieved similar commercial success with its follow up Mainstream Sellout (2022).

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).


Machine Gun Kelly
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Submitted by Mckenna (not verified) on

Hey I’m from cle. ( Grew on 130th and carrington) your music ment a lot to everyone here when we used to see you at warped tour. It would sure mean a lot if you came back to visit. They made the agora nice now, it’s no Peabodys but I guess you may be past that now. Think about it will you? I’m sure everyone would come out to see you back.

Submitted by Dustin Hayes (not verified) on

I'll start off by saying how much of a dedicated fan I am. I drove 4 hours to see you in concert after I scipt out on mandatory PT to go see you in Kansas City last year and then drove home in a snow/ice storm the day before holoween bc I had to be back the next day. You really spoke to your fans that night man and made us feel like you cared. Thanks for giving a shout out to us veterines. Also you have some great willpower to wake up and do a show early at The Point Lounge in STL. Can only imagine how hard that was vocally. Next time your in the area I'm definitely getting ticket to your concert. Keep doing what your doing as much as we support you. Your doing the same by creating much we can relate to.

Submitted by Blake (not verified) on

Man I don't even know where to start. I've had a pretty fucked life. I've been listening to Colson since 2013. He's the only artist I've ever related to as we have a lot in common. At a young age my mother chose men over me. I was literally getting my ass beat at 9. I built up a lot of anger. Went back and forth between there and my father's house. I was in and out of boys homes because I had "Anger issues" I mean who wouldn't when you grow up watching your mother get hit. And the same shit happened to you. I wish people understood Kelly. I think he is the greatest artist to ever grace this earth. He's humble, 100% real, not just Rapper. Anyway. This is where it gets kind if tough. I'm 23. The last year of my life has been hell. Lost my step-dad to suicide in rehab a year ago. We weren't on greatest terms. Shit hit hard. Me and my real dad didn't really talk. We do now. I found out 3 weeks ago that he went from 230 to 145. We think it's cancer and he's lying about whats wrong. My point is I feel so much if his music. I listen to his music hours a day and nobody else's. There's so many lines where I'm like "fuck, that's literally my life" his hotel Diablo album saved my life. It came out right after the suicide shit happened. I was getting shit faced of alcohol and lsd every day damn near. That shit helped me. Now I'm going through my dad being the smallest I've ever seen him. I'm sure Kelly won't see this shit. But man youve helped more people then you'll ever know in more ways than you can imagine. Thank you. Oh yeah, and EST4MOTHAFUCKINLIFE

Submitted by Heith travis (not verified) on

Mgk diggin the new music. the realness you’ve delivered since day 1 will no doubt already be enough to qualify you as a legend in my opinion.. But this new shoot bring linkinpark back together and honor a legend lost to a battle too many lose🙌🏼

Submitted by Chanel young (not verified) on

Hey Kells, just want to say thanks for your music it helps me get through so much. I had a very bad childhood because my mum (who I don't even call my mum anymore) is an asshole and left me when I was 7 years old. She's been to jail so many times, and dad's even worse. I was 4 when he left me and I barely remember him. My granddad was born in Cleveland, where he met my grandma but moved to Australia just after they got married. Cleveland blood all the way! You're an inspiration, and I can relate to you in so many ways: Rolling papers, Blue dream, got high and went into town, didn't end to well haha. Enjoy life while it lasts.

Submitted by Stephanie Crowe (not verified) on

I am a huge fan and I just thought it would be really cool to hear you do some covers of older songs like 'So happy together'. Everything you do is amazing and right now is probably the hardest period of my life and your music helps me make it through the day.Not only your music but I've seen you in movies and you are just amazing! I love you and even if you dismiss my suggestion I'll always be a huge fan.

Submitted by John Baldwin (not verified) on

Excellent on Howard Stern today. You have a new fan & Eminem sucks anyway

Submitted by Mike McDonald (not verified) on

Hey man I gotta say out of all the artists I’ve ever listened to your music helps me get by. Keep doing what you do truly you have a gift.

Submitted by Tristan (TJ) Sc... (not verified) on

My name is TJ, 34 year old male, born 04/26/1986. I’ve come to believe and understand that no matter what, this life is just not, and will never be “fair”! I come from a family that has always loved and stood by me and gave me every opportunity they could, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, my folks didn’t have much, my father worked 16 hours a day while my mother took care of me and my 2 younger twin brothers. I always had hopes and dreams as a kid, but late in my High School years Those dreams started to fade away. I got involved in Gang Activity and selling drugs in inner city Chicago. It’s ironic, the same drugs I was poisoning people with, making a few grand a day from would end up being my fall from grace! I dropped out of school and was making more $ than 80% of people do at the height of their careers! I owned a nice house, drove a brand new $100,000 Mercedes-Benz S Class, had a different girl every week spending nights at the most exclusive clubs in the city, then it all fell apart! I was selling Heroin for the Kingpin of one of the largest Gangs in Chicago, the Conservative Vice Lords (CVL). I got complacent and start sniffing my own product to help me sleep and come down after using cocaine at the club all night, before I knew it I had a needle in my arm 10 times a day. I was out of it most of the time and most have heard the phrase “Don’t get high on your own supply”. I started letting my guard down all the time and ended up in Federal Custody as a result of an operation by the DEA and Chicago Police Department. I did 5 years in Federal Prison and believe it or not it was just as easy to maintain my heroin habit in the Penitentiary as it was on the street! I lost everything, the Feds seized my house, bank accounts everything. I’ll try and rap this up. I’m currently being a productive member of society but I’m a slave to Opiates still as I have to take loads of Methadone everyday to function. To put a cherry on top of everything I was just diagnosed with a probable form of Cardiac Cancer. If the surgery and treatments don’t work I have till late 2022 at the best. Your music and my Lord above have kept me pushing foreword and not ending it right now like I sometimes feel would be easier. I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my “sick” heart (have to have a little humour) and if possible would love to meet you!!!

Your Fan

Submitted by Cinda gleason (not verified) on

MGK has been so much of an inspiration to me. I honestly had a crappy father that cared about nobody but himself. He would hurt my mom and sister but mentally abuse us all. Listening to MGK made me feel like I could overcome the situation and come out stronger. If I was able to look MGK in the face today I would hug him and say thank you for everything he has done for me even if it was just making music.

Submitted by Connor McFarland (not verified) on

I am a guitarist/Vocalist, I am a huge fan, and if you ever need a guitarist i would be honored to play with one of the best musicians in our new age of music. I am a metalhead, yet I cant stop listening to you. I saw you in Las Vegas a couple years ago and cant get enough... Please hit me up and we can set up a virtual jam. Much love brother.

A dedicated fan...
Connor McFarland

Submitted by Shelby (not verified) on

My best friend is having a wedding in Las Vegas if you showed up or just met her I know you’re in Vegas

Submitted by Molly (not verified) on


Not long ago you were talking about how your fighting your demons, yet your egging on Eminem to give in to his. You know how hard it is (you say). Money can’t buy your soul and dignity.
You say you had a tough upbringing but yours was much better than others.
Not saying mine was worse but sharing is caring.
I was a middle child, with an older sister and younger brother... all to different fathers who didn’t want anything to do with us.
Our mother was in and out of mental hospital, multiple times she tried to commit suicide. Even called me into her room and told me ‘look what your making me do’ and cut her leg so deep infront of me.
We grew up with an uncle living under the house who was a junkie. He was our father figure.
I turned 14 and was kicked out of home, lived on the streets of Brisbane (Australia) under bridges and on park benches, in between youth shelters. Obviously dropped out of school.
They were the good times sadly.
I then found a partner in a youth shelter and started squatting in a house once our time was up. This lasted months with no water connected to the house. We Then got a rental and I was being brutally beaten daily by my partner after a week or two of the move. Black eyes, bruises everywhere, broken nose and leg. Police called to the Appartment wanting to take me to a shelter again when they saw me covered in blood in the car park, this happened multiple times.
During this time my younger brother was dealing with his own demons, cutting himself so deep infront on me and my sister. He passed out within a few metres and 000 was called to save him. This wasn’t his first nor last attempt to hurt himself.
We both tried/try to forget the pain and demons with drugs and alcohol. He wrecked 2 cars driving into poles tying to end his life.
He shared his dark thoughts with me multiple time’s as he knew Im not perfect myself. I tried to convince him not to leave us and me, even when I knew the feeling myself. That was so hard as I understood but didn’t understand what the aftermath would be.
Sadly 10 months ago he lost his battle with the demons and he hung himself.
My mother who has bipolar, depression and anxiety and has the same urges has so much trouble living with this as do I and my big sister.
I understand you think your life was hard, I don’t feel like you know what demons are and if you do then you shouldn’t be a bully nor so cocky.
I got my act together, the last 7 years i got certificates III in hairdresser and light vehicle mechanics with lots of experience in reconditioning engines.
Life is shit and hard, some days are harder than other but don’t be a shit cunt.
Be truthful, stay real and know there is always someone else who has/had it worse.
Be lucky your not in a third world country or have a crippling mental illness ect.
I hope this brings you back to ground level, just because your a star doesn’t mean your above the rest. Your only human.
Love your music, just want more from your soul as I think many of your fans can relate and admire you.

Don’t fuck it up.

This is a very small snap shot of my life, missing crucial hard moments yet i think iv said enough, or at least I hope.
Keep it real, mental health is real and if your overcoming it then speak up about it. It’s an inspiration if it’s legit.

Submitted by Summer weidman (not verified) on

Hi, I'm summer,
I just want to say I'm such a huge fan and I Love your music so much. I'm constantly blasting your music all day and all day long. You are my Idol and I hope to meet you someday in life. You are amazing.

Submitted by JohnnyCedly (not verified) on

big fan of your singing and acting


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