Love Has Everything to do With It
Richard Colson Baker, better known as the rap star Machine Gun Kelly or just MGK is from Cleveland, Ohio and when he’s not touring he still calls Cleveland home. He considers Cleveland a stimulus for his songs and when he wants to feel that same hunger he had before he got his record deal, he heads back to his hood and the streets. He gives credit to the city for the reason why his songs “blow up”. Everyone from the kids to people 60 years old are listening to his music, he claims. MGK has acting credits on his resume too. His first movie was in 2014 where he played the role of Kid Culprit, a rapper, in “Beyond the Lights.” Boy that must have been a stretch. He was born on April 22, 1990, in Houston, Texas. His parents were Missionaries and the family lived all around the world and throughout the United States. He eventually settled in Denver with his father after his mom left the family. He and his father lived with an aunt and fought often. His father was chronically unemployed and suffered from depression. MGK’s home life was unstable and he was bullied mercilessly by the other kids in the neighborhood. His father eventually went to work for the Army and left him to live in his aunt’s basement where he promptly stopped going to school. Then there was the drug experimentation. But, he also recorded his first amateur mixed-tape in that basement. His father was soon back stateside and they ended up in his beloved Cleveland. He convinced the owner of a shop that sold t-shirts, to become his manager. His fans gave him his name Machine Gun Kelly, because of the rapid fire delivery of his lyrics. He began releasing his own mix-tapes and his profile and reputation grew from there. His very first awards came from 2010’s Underground Music Awards where he won Best Midwest Artist and Best Music Video. It was Sean Combs who offered him his first recording contract. The song that means the most to MGK is the one about his two-year battle with heroin addiction that left him homeless. He even considered suicide by drug overdose but went to rehab instead. The song is titled Lead You On. He has only relapsed briefly one time in 2012. He does speak openly about his daily marijuana use and often references it in his lyrics. He said it’s a source of love. I have such heart-felt sorrow for MGK and what he probably went through in his early life and how he suffered from such a lack of love. The ramifications in your adult life from feeling so unloved as a child are profound. It seems every time he turned around as a child he was being rejected by people that you expect to love you unconditionally. That kind of pain can last a lifetime. I not only wish him the best but I hope he can come to terms with his childhood and realize that he is lovable and deserving of love.