MGK - Updated Dec 2023

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MGK is a prominent young American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is famous for releasing four studio albums and several hit singles throughout his singing career.

Early Life

MGK was born on April 22, 1990, and he is currently 32 years old. His full name is Colson Baker but is popular as Machine Gun Kelly (MGK). Further, He hails from Houston, Texas, but is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Talking about his family, He lost his father fairly recently in early July 2020. He had missionary parents.

Moreover, He moved with his family all around the world. The family took up residence abroad from Egypt to Germany. The family also resided throughout the United States in places like Chicago, Denver, and Cleveland among others.

At one point in life, He settled in Denver along with his father. At the time, His mother had left home. The father-son duo moved in with his aunt. He endured bullying from other children at a young age. It was because his father suffered from depression and unemployment.


Caption: MGK posing for a photo with his award. Source: Instagram

More Details

Following this, He started listening to rap in the 6th grade. Back then, he was attending Hamilton Middle School. It is a school with an ethnically diverse student body in Denver, Colorado. Ludacris, Eminem, and DMX were the first three rappers that got him into the genre of hip hop as a child.

He then stopped attending school after his father’s departure. He then started making a name for himself by calling out elder classmates. Then in the year 2005, his father returned to take them both to Kuwait. This was before they were forced back stateside to Cleveland. There, he attended Shaker Heights High School.

The Beginning

Moreover, he traveled to Harlem’s Apollo Theater in March 2009. This was when he was on the verge of getting evicted. At the Apollo Theater, he became the first-ever rapper to win in the Apollo Theater with his consecutive victories.

Additionally, he recorded music in his home studio. He refers to his studio as the “Rage Cage”. Eventually, he gained exposure when MTV2’s Sucker Free Freestyle featured him. In the program, he freestyled numerous verses from his Chip off the Block single.

Then in February 2010, he released his second mixtape 100 Words and Running. He still worked at Chipotle to afford rent. At the same time, his father kicked him out after his high school graduation.


Caption: MGK was captured in a photograph while performing onstage. Source: Instagram

Rise to Stardom

Professionally, MGK, a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly, is a famous singer-songwriter, rapper, and actor. The prominent rapper released a total of 4 studio albums throughout his career. He released his first studio album Lace Up in the year 2012. The rapper then made his film debut in the year 2014. It was a romantic drama named Beyond the Lights. As an actor, He also appeared in several films. He also had a recurring role on Roadies. He appeared on the Showtime series in the year 2016.

Furthermore, He embarked on a musical career as a teenager. He released his mixtape for the first time in the year 2006. The rapper then released four more mixtapes. In the year 2011, he secured a recording contract with Bad Boy and Interscope Records. Lace-Up is his major-label debut album and he released the album in October 2012. This album included the singles Wild Boy, Invincible, Stereo, and Hold On (Shut Up). Moreover, this album debuted at #4 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

2015 Onwards

In early 2015, He released the singles Till I Die and A Little More. These singles were for his second studio album named General Admission. The rapper released his second studio album in October 2015. Further, this album debuted at #4 in the United States.

Furthermore, this second studio album incorporated darker tones and storytelling. This album also had elements of rap-rock and R&B. His third studio album is Bloom which he released on May 12, 2017. He followed it with Bad Things. For this, He collaborated with the singer Camila Cabello. It then peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became his highest-charting single.

Moreover, His fourth studio album is Hotel Diablo and he released it on July 5, 2019. This album also includes three singles namely Hollywood Whore, El Diablo, and I Think I’m Okay. The latter single features rappers Travis Barker and Yungblud. Moving on, his fifth studio album is Tickets to My Downfall. The rapper released it on 25 September 2020. This also marked his departure from rap in favor of pop-punk.


Caption: MGK posing for a photo with his daughter. Source: Instagram

Personal Life

The rapper is open about his cannabis use. He has also claimed in many interviews that he smokes daily. He further describes it as a “source of happiness and a way people can feel a little more love in their own right”. For a period before the release of Lace-Up, the young rapper was addicted to heroin for some time. Before 2020, he was also a heavy cocaine and alcohol user. Then in November 2020, the rapper revealed that he is seeking treatment after his addiction to Adderall.

Relationship Status

He is a father and has a daughter named Casie Colson Baker. Little Baker was born in July 2009 and she is 11 years old while writing this article. He welcomed his daughter with Emma Cannon. The two reportedly met each other as teenagers. There are rumors that they were married for some time, but this is just a rumor as no source has come forward to confirm this.

Following his separation from Emma, he has dated several women including Amber Rose, Chantel Jeffries, Noah Cyrus, and Sommer Ray. At present, he is romantically involved with actress Megan Fox since May 2020.


Caption: MGK posing for a photo with his lover, Megan Fox. Source: Instagram

Body Measurements

He stands tall at a height of around 1.92 meters or 6 feet 3 inches tall and his body weight is around 76 kg. Other than this, there are no more details regarding the rapper’s other body measurements like his biceps, dress size, chest-waist-hip measures, etc. Moreover, he has blonde hair and mesmerizing blue eyes.

MGK – Social Media

Talking about the rapper’s social media visibility, he joined Twitter in December 2008 and so far has over 1.5 million followers on his @machinegunkelly account. Likewise, his username on Instagram is @machinegunkelly. While writing this biography, he shared exactly 259 posts and gained over 7.9 million followers.

MGK – Net Worth

Similarly, the rapper created his official Youtube channel “Machine Gun Kelly” on December 27, 2006. So far, this channel has garnered more than 3.4 billion views and 7.51 million subscribers. He also has over 6.3 million people following him on his official Facebook page. Moving on, He has a net worth of approximately $25 million.