Richard Colson Baker[2][3][4] (born April 22, 1990), better known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK for short), is an American rapper fromClevelandOhio, signed to Bad Boy and Interscope Records.[5] His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow and is a reference to notorious criminalGeorge “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes. He rose to fame after releasing his first four mixtapesStamp Of Approval (2006), Homecoming (2008), 100 Words and Running (2010), and Lace Up (2010). He also has been featured in XXL.[6] 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.[7] On March 18, 2012, Machine Gun Kelly won the MTVu Breaking Woodie award.[8]