Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper, and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio. MGK embarked on a musical career as a teenager, releasing a mixtape in 2006. He would then go on to release four further mixtapes that garnered him nationwide attention by 2010.
MGK then secured a recording contract with Bad Boy and Interscope Records in 2011. His major label debut album, Lace Up, was released in October 2012 to critical success. The record contained the top 100 singles “Wild Boy”, “Invincible”, “Stereo”, and “Hold On (Shut Up)”, and debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart;
it was later confirmed to have sold more than 178,000 copies by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In early 2015, he released the top 100 singles “Till I Die” and “A Little More” as the lead singles for his second studio album, General Admission, which released in October 2015, to critical and commercial success. The album incorporated darker tones, rap rock, R&B, and deep storytelling, and debuted atop the charts in the US.