Richard Colson Baker (born April 22, 1990), better known by his stage name MGK or Machine Gun Kelly, is a U.S.American rapper from Cleveland, Ohio, signed to Bad Boy and Interscope Records. His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow and is a reference to notorious criminal George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes.
He rose to fame after releasing his first four mixtapes, Stamp Of Approval (2006), Homecoming (2008), 100 Words and Running (2010), and Lace Up (2010). He also has been featured in XXL.
In mid 2011 MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing.
On December 14, 2011, Machine Gun Kelly was named the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011 by MTV.
On March 18, 2012, Machine Gun Kelly won the MTVu Breaking Woodie award.