Machine Gun Kelly, MGK, or Colson Baker, is a rapper and actor with a punk attitude. His music broaches darker subjects and his approach to life has something of the anarchic about it – he cites seeing Eminem and the volatile DMX perform as the moment he realised he had something to say that people could relate to.
The mixtape route saw his standing grow and his stage name coined – an allusion to his tommy-gun-toting tongue – but it was after a post-perfomance approach by Sean “Diddy” Combs and an offer to sign with the hip-hop mogul’s Bad Boy Records, that his rhymes reached a wider audience. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, he is perhaps more familiar to an American audience, but his single Bad Things, which saw UK chart success late last year, seems to suggest a surge in popularity across both sides of the Atlantic.
On his campaign trail to build a British following as enthused by his hard-hitting lyrics as those back home, Colson talks to Disorder about inspo, weed and music.
Look out for MGK’s full feature in the Spring 2017 issue of Disorder – available soon.