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Colson Baker (born Richard Colson Baker, April 22, 1990 in Houston, Texas), better known as Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), is an American rapper and actor.

Getting his name from his fast, rapid-fire lyrics, he released his first mixtape in 2006. In 2009, he became the first rapper to win at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, boosting his rise to popularity.

In 2011, while at SXSW, he caught the attention of Sean Combs, who signed him on to his record label, Bad Boy Records. His first EP, Half Naked & Almost Famous, dropped in 2012, with his debut album, Lace Up, arriving later that same year, which met with success.

Since then, he has been nominated for a number of award categories, while his music continues to chart.


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Discography:

Mixtapes

  • Stamp of Approval (2007
  • Homecoming (2009)
  • 100 Words and Running (2010)
  • Lace Up: The Mixtape (2010)
  • Rage Pack (2011)
  • EST 4 Life (with Dub-O) (2012)
  • Black Flag (2013)
  • Fuck It (2015)

Extended Plays

  • Half Naked & Almost Famous (2012)
  • Binge (2018)

Albums

  • Lace Up (2012)
  • General Admission (2015)
  • Bloom (2017)
  • Hotel Diablo (2019)
  • Tickets to My Downfall (2020)

Trope Examples

  • Cover Version: In wake of George Floyd's death, he recorded a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" with blink-182's Travis Barker.
  • New Sound Album: His fifth album Tickets to My Downfall is a straightforward Pop Punk album in comparison to his past four albums, which are rooted in Hip-Hop with the latter Hotel Diablo incorporating Rap Rock.
  • Power Ballad: "Bad Things", a song about abusive love, is noticeably slower than most of his work, possibly in an attempt to appeal to more Top-40-friendly audience; it even features pop star Camila Cabello singing the hook.
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  • Rap Rock: Hotel Diablo adds some more rock elements to his usual Hip-Hop sound. Taken even further with Tickets to My Downfall which has been described as a pop-punk album.
  • Take That!: "Rap Devil" is this to Eminem's diss track "Not Alike", which was a jab towards him and Eminem in turn would return in response with "Killshot".

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