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Machine Gun Kelly

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Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990) best known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly or MGK is an American rapper from Cleveland, Ohio. His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow. He is known for his two mixtapes, 100 Words and Running and Lace Up. He also has been featured in XXL. In mid 2011 MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing. On August 3, 2011, He announced he signed with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and Interscope Records.

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Early life:

Colson Baker was born in 1990 Texas to missionary parents and took up residence in Egypt, Germany, Chicago, L.A. Denver and Ohio. Since he lived the first four years of his life in Egypt, he spoke Arabic before English. He started listening to rap at the age of four when he went to a predominantly black school in Denver. At 14, Baker moved to his now hometown Cleveland, where he attended Shaker Heights High School, graduating in 2008.

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On the verge of getting evicted, Baker went to Harlem’s Apollo Theater in March 2009 where he had back-to-back victories, making him the first rapper to ever win at the Apollo Theater. He records music in his home studio which he refers to as the „Rage Cage“. Colson first started to gain exposure when he was featured on MTV2’s Sucker Freestyle, where he freestyled numerous verse’s from his „Chip Off The Block“ single. In February 2010, he released his debut mixtape 100 Words and Running. He released his second mixtape in November 2010 titled „Lace Up“ which featured the hometown anthem „Cleveland“ which is played at Cleveland Cavaliers home games and is on rotation on Z107.

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