What a difference a few weeks can make in the accelerated pace of the new music world. On June 18 this year, when Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly performed a packed, free concert in Cincinnati on Fountain Square, he was one of the biggest unsigned Hip Hop artists on the planet, having amassed a huge underground following via tour appearances, self- and indie-label-released recordings, guest slots on other people’s records and regular play on Cleveland-area radio and at Cavaliers basketball games (his track “Cleveland” became something of a Cavs anthem).
Then, on Aug. 3, MGK was unsigned no more, inking a deal with Jimmy Iovine and Sean P.
That’s not the stuff of typical rapper
legend, and MGK’s talents are pretty atypical as well. His independent
releases showcased his wicked rapid-fire flow, smart/clever lyrical
style and crafty musical backing and track structure. The whole world is
gradually becoming hip to the Northern Ohio MC’s talents — in early
September he teamed with Waka Flocka for the buzzin’ single “Wild Boy,”
while MGK’s Bad Boy debut is currently in the works, reportedly with
assistance from Diddy, fellow Clevelander Chip tha Ripper and fellow
up-and-comer Travis Porter. The album, to be titled Lace Up, is due in early 2012.
MACHINE GUN KELLY plays the Madison Theater Friday, Oct. 6. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.