Artist On the Rise: Machine Gun Kelly

Posted: June 28, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Artist On the Rise, Music
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Courtesy of itsbongoboy.com

The Cleveland hip-hop scene has always been one of the best in the country (not sure if the same could be said about its sports teams) with artists such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Kid Cudi. But no one has ever completely embodied the entire spirit of Cleveland as much as Machine Gun Kelly. MGK has the entire city going crazy for him and now that buzz is starting to reach all across the country. He reps Cleveland to the fullest and that will never change. MGK seems to always rap like he has a chip on his shoulder and like he is the underdog, which makes him that much better of an emcee. He is one of my favorite up and comers and is part of a new generation of white rappers that consists of the likes of Mac Miller, Chris Webby, Sam Adams, Yelawolf and Asher Roth. In my opinion he is probably at the top of that list and that’s saying a lot considering the popularity of Mac Miller and Yelawolf. Come see what makes Machine Gun Kelly the next big thing to come out of the Midwest below!

The best way to describe MGK’s rapping ability is actually in his name, a machine gun. He has one of the best flows I’ve seen from and up and coming artist, up there with Emilio Rojas. The reason I would use a machine gun to describe him, is because he has that rapid fire flow and that gritty, tough sound to him. His first project was titled 100 Words & Running and it was a solid representation of his ability as an emcee. He mainly rapped over old beats such as Empire State of Mind, Uptown, Turnt Up and Run This Town. It was a good first effort from the Cleveland rapper, but the fans still desired a full project of original material. His second tape, titled Lace Up! was one of the best tapes of all of 2010. It had a total of zero big time guest appearances but was filled with smaller name artists such as Matt Musto, Ray Jr, Aaron Lafette, Sean McGee, Cheri Dennis and Dubo. The tape starts off with Salute where MGK goes hard for three minutes and you get a good feeling for his ridiculously good flow. The first great cut on the tape is called End of the Road and features Matt Musto on the hook. Over piano riffs and a mellow beat, MGK raps about his coming up as an artist and the struggles he went through as he raps “All my life, I couldn’t fit in, like a bad shoe, I was always too square, too cube, too tall, too weird, too blue”. The hook contrasts perfectly with MGK’s gritty verses, making for the perfect track. The next great track is titled Fantasy as MGK shows off his flow even more over a simple beat that continually builds up. Make It is an upbeat track where Machine Gun Kelly reminisces on the success he’s obtained so far in his career. It has a positive vibe and it feels true and heartfelt. MGK really and mean really showcases his flow on Midwest Side over a killer beat. It might be the best flow off the entire tape. Been Through It All is one of the most personal tracks on Lace Up!. MGK drops a verse about his daughter, which features lines such as, “at 19 having the world in my hands, stepped up and handled that s**t like a man”. The next standout is Lead You On which showcases MGK at his lyrical finest. He details the story of an abusive relationship, but if you listen closely isn’t not about a girl but about drugs. It is a very clever concept that shows how talented MGK is as a songwriter.

Cleveland is probably the track that Machine Gun Kelly is most known for as it was the theme song played at every Cleveland Cavaliers home game. He shows love for the streets that raised him and sends shots at anyone who doubts the heart of the people of Cleveland as he goes “and anybody saying that Cleveland’s dead, f**k y’all, tell em that’s what Cleveland said!”. MGK closes out the tape with possibly the strongest track lyrically on The Return. It’s about four minutes of MGK venting about his upbringing and his early life. He vents as he raps “people wanna be my friend? where the f**k where y’all when I was 10, 11 and 12 get bullied and beat up in the gym” and “I could never get a girl, now all of a sudden I’m the man”. It’s a great thing for the overall mixtape as the record features no hook and just MGK going hard.

Lace Up! was one of the top projects of 2010 as it featured MGK putting his heart into every single bar. Upon multiple listens to the tape, I realized that even on the passes I could listen to them just because of MGK top notch flow. Lace Up! has the ability to cause Machine Gun Kelly to blow up nationwide such as So Far Gone did for Drake or K.I.D.S. did for Mac Miller. At this rate he’ll have the whole country behind him screaming “LACE UP!” in no time.

Download: Machine Gun Kelly – 100 Words & Running
Download: Machine Gun Kelly – Lace Up!

End of the Road (feat. Matt Musto)

The Return

Make It (feat. Sean McGee)

Lead You On

Been Through It All (feat. Cheri Dennis)

Comments
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