MGK is a prominent young American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor. MGK is famous for releasing four studio albums and several hit singles throughout his singing career.
Table of Biography
MGK was born on April 22, 1990, and he is currently 30 years old. His full name is Colson Baker but is popular as Machine Gun Kelly (MGK). Further, MGK hails from Houston, Texas, but is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Talking about his family, MGK lost his father fairly recently in early July 2020. MGK had missionary parents.
Moreover, MGK 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, MGK settled in Denver along with his father. At the time, MGK’s mother had left home. The father-son duo moved in with his aunt. MGK endured bullying from other children at a young age. It was because MGK’s father suffered from depression and unemployment.
Following this, MGK 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 MGK into the genre of hip hop as a child.
MGK 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, MGK’s father returned to take them both to Kuwait. This was before they were forced back stateside to Cleveland. There, MGK attended Shaker Heights High School.
Moreover, MGK traveled to Harlem’s Apollo Theater in March of 2009. This was when he was on the verge of getting evicted. At the Apollo Theater, MGK became the first-ever rapper to win in the Apollo Theater with his consecutive victories.
Additionally, MGK recorded music in his home studio. He refers to his studio as the “Rage Cage”. Eventually, MGK gained exposure when MTV2’s Sucker Free Freestyle featured him. In the program, MGK freestyled numerous verses from his Chip off the Block single.
Then in February of 2010, MGK released his second mixtape 100 Words and Running. MGK still worked at Chipotle to afford rent. At the same time, his father kicked him out after his high school graduation.
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, MGK also appeared in several films. He also had a recurring role on Roadies. He appeared on the Showtime series in the year 2016.
Furthermore, MGK 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, MGK secured a recording contract with Bad Boy and Interscope Records. Lace-Up is MGK’s 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.
In early 2015, MGK released the singles Till I Die and A Little More. These singles were for MGK’s 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. MGK’s third studio album is Bloom and he released it on May 12, 2017. He followed it with Bad Things. For this, MGK collaborated with the singer Camila Cabello. It then peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became his highest-charting single.
Moreover, MGK’s 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, MGK’s fifth studio album is Tickets to My Downfall. The rapper released it on 25 September 2020. This also marked MGK’s departure from rap in favor of pop-punk.
Rapper MGK is open about his cannabis use. He has also claimed in many interviews that he smokes daily. MGK 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 prior to the release of Lace-Up, the young rapper was addicted to heroin for some time. Prior to 2020, MGK was also a heavy cocaine and alcohol user. Then in November 2020, the rapper revealed that he is actually seeking treatment after his addiction to Adderall.
MGK 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. MGK 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, MGK has dated several women including Amber Rose, Chantel Jeffries, Noah Cyrus, and Sommer Ray. At present, MGK is romantically involved with actress Megan Fox since May 2020.
MGK stands tall at a height of around 1.92 meters or 6 feet 3 inches tall and his body weight is around 76 kgs. 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, MGK has blonde hair and mesmerizing blue eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about the rapper’s social media visibility, MGK 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, MGK has shared exactly 259 posts and gained over 7.9 million followers.
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. MGK also has over 6.3 million people following him on his official Facebook page. Moving on, MGK has a net worth of approximately $10 million.