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The Lace Up movement from this tenacious and defiant MC reflects a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps mentality that earned him a legion of diehard fans before he ever released a studio album. As showcased on his full-length debut, Lace Up, MGK (a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly) spits rapid-fire flows that mix technical skills with an impassioned delivery that emanates a rowdy, underestimated, and at-times angry aesthetic. The Cleveland representative pulls no punches. Any subject matter is fair game, which makes his art so compelling—this is why it's our Editors’ Choice. While on his own he can carry tracks that'll get listeners riled up ("Half Naked & Almost Famous"), MGK also teams with his favorite rapper, DMX, on the haunting “D3mons.” Young Jeezy, Waka Flocka Flame, Bun B, Lil Jon, and more A-list collaborators also grace Lace Up.

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I am a rapper doing some underground this fool can rap he has my respect

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I'm going to be honest. I HATED MGK as a person. He comes off as annoying and cocky. I thought this album was gonna be trash but downloaded it anyway just to see what it would be like. I listened to like half of it and i was absolutely shell shocked. It's deep, fairly lyrical, inspiring, hard and the flows are nasty. Hearing all the stories he spits about his struggles to fame are truly inspiring. I never ever thought I'd be saying this but honestly this is one of my favorite commercial rap albums of the year right up there with Kendrick Lamar. I honestly feel that this album is way better than Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor 2 and G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer compilation. Best songs: Stereo, All We Have, See My Tears, Edge of Destruction, Runnin, On My Way & End of the Road. A definite buy and fairly easy listen. Definitely give it a chance.


Ill stay bumping the lace up mixtape. It's exponentially better than this. Don't let diddy ruin u mgk!


Born: April 22, 1990 in Houston, TX

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

Delivering lyrics with the speed of a bullet train, Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly (aka MGK) experienced a meteoric rise in late 2011. Born Richard Colson Baker in Texas but raised in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, MGK began making news in 2009 when he became the first rapper to win amateur night at Harlem's Apollo Theater. A series of mixtapes, including 100 Words and Running, Lace Up, and Rage Pack, came next; a 2011 performance at SXSW was followed immediately by a meeting with Sean...
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