Machine Gun Kelly at The Louisville Palace July 28
Getting his name because of his rapid-fire delivery when he was only 15 years old, Machine Gun Kelly, will be performing at The Louisville Palace on Tuesday, July 28. Nicknamed MGK by his fans, the MC released his first mixtape Stamp of Approval in 2006 and built a local fan base performing at Cleveland venues like Hi-Fi. But it was a trip to New York's famed Apollo Theater in 2009 that really gave him his start."We drove straight from Ohio and stood in line for ten hours," recalls MGK. "I got boo'd as soon as I walked on the Apollo stage and then I won ... twice."The energetic performer became the first rapper in history to win the Apollo's talent show. MGK's mixtape, "100 Words And Running" came shortly after and he created a high school promotional tour, where he performed to such excited crowds that school security teams began turning him away to keep the peace. And while the MC's catchphrase, "Lace up," which started as a mixtape interlude, became a call to arms for fans, their leader was still flipping burritos at Chipotle to pay his rent.
Not long after graduating high school, an 18 year-old MGK welcomed his own child, a daughter named Casie. The infant gave the rapper new incentive to work even harder and hesoon earned a nod for Best Midwest Artist at the 2010 Underground Music Awards and his "Alice in Wonderland" clip won Best Music Video at the 2010 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards.The sun shone again with the 2010 release of MGK's Lace Up mixtape. The project not only earned the local favorite more fans baring their own "Lace Up" tattoos but a national audience. In 2011, the Ohio rapper secured a label deal with Diddy's Bad Boy Records/ Interscope Records as well as a marketing partnership to score a spot for HTC's Rezound Beats By Dre phone. Machine Gun MGK's "Invincible" track plays during the electronics commercial, the release of which coincided with the song's sale on iTunes.
In October, the Rage Pack mix tape, inspired by his energy on stage and a love for his fans, hit the web. A video for MGK's single "Wild Boy" featuring Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame and produced by GB Hitz followed, leading MGK to win MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC for 2011."To be considered for the hottest breakthrough MC of 2011, it's obviously an honor, but I want to be the hottest," he told MTV News. "I've never been comfortable with sharing anything."Gearing up for his mainstream spotlight, MGK is currently prepping his official EP via Bad Boy/ Interscope entitled Lace Up. Slated to hit shelves in March, the Ohio native will take his new music across the United States during the record-breaking "90 Cities in 99 Days" tour with Midwest MC Tech N9ne also beginning that month. In addition, MGK's secured a performance on this summer's Vans Warped Tour line-up. Already acknowledged by cultural gatekeepers like The New York Times, MTV, The FADER and Nah Right, MGK is ready to devour the next phase of his career.
Lace up Tickets range $29.50 - $49.50. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at LouisvillePalace.com, The Louisville Palace Box Office (625 South Fourth Street), all Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
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