Exclusive: Machine Gun Kelly On Filling In B.I.G. & Mase's Shoes, "It's The New Generation Of Bad Boy"
Monday, Aug 8, 2011 12:10PM
Days after announcing his signing to Bad Boy Records, SOHH reached out to Machine Gun Kelly to get his take on landing on the same label home to the late Notorious B.I.G. and former artist Ma$e.
While the experience still seems a bit surreal, Kelly said his focus is getting hit records onto the Billboard music chart.
"I think the state of mind right now is I don't really feel anything until I put music out," MGK told SOHH. "Once I see my first bullet point, God-willing, on the Billboard charts, then I'm going to freak out. But until then, it's the new generation of Bad Boy." (SOHH)
Kelly also gave SOHH some details on celebrating his signing with Diddy at Quiznos sandwich shop.
"First off, Puff's order at Quiznos sucked," Machine Gun laughingly added. "He hated all his food. Personally, I love all of my Quiznos. It was a [congratulatory] dinner. He still owes me a ballin' dinner. I ordered like a Pesto Turkey Bullet. Four dollars. And some broccoli cheddar soup." (SOHH)
Last week, Kelly released a video announcing his new label home.
"Today, I signed my first record deal," Kelly said in an announcement video. "See, this might be the first time a lot of you even heard the name Machine Gun Kelly. But to me, my team and my fans, it's been a long time coming. In just the past three years, me and my friends have gone from being able to share our dream with 15 people to living it in front of 15,000. See, I'm a 21 year-old kid from Cleveland, Ohio who truly started from the basement. And it wasn't even my basement. It was a studio that we built in my manager's mom's spot...I had a daughter on the way, dropped out of college and got fired from my fastfood job all when I was 18. So I was just like, 'F*ck it.' Drove nine hours to New York City and made history by becoming the first rapper to ever win an amateur night at the world famous Apollo Theater." (Machine Gun Kelly Announcement)
Kelly is most known for building a buzz in his Cleveland hometown.
While his rap name may suggest something sinister, Machine Gun Kelly, actually earned his moniker from his ability to rattle off rapid-fire rhymes. The Cleveland, Ohio native, who has been rapping since 2004, has took his hometown and then surrounding cities by storm thanks to his mixtape grind and spirited live performances. He's since toured with Big Sean and Travis Porter. Kelly has gotten so popular in the mid-west that the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers have been playing MGK's hometown anthem "Cleveland" at home games during this basketball season. (XXL Mag)
Check out Machine Gun Kelly's Bad Boy Records announcement below: