Machine Gun Kelly, the real name Richard Colson Baker, is a singer-rapper known for having the guts to stand up against rap legend Eminem. He got his name from the nickname of real-life American gangster George Barnes and the "machine gun" represents his rapid-fire lyrical flow. Baker is also known for being the current boyfriend of actress Megan Fox. Here are some interesting moments that make Machine Gun Kelly stand out among other rappers and musicians today.
MGK listed rappers DMX, Ludacris, Eminem, as his musical influences. After listening to DMX's "We Right Here" from The Great Depression album released in 2001, Baker decided to create his rap music.
In 2012, Kelly made a tweet about Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade saying that "she is hot as f*ck, in the most respectful way possible cuz Em is king." Though MGK eventually saw his error and deleted the said tweet, Slim Shady was uncomfortable with this seeing that Kelly was 22, and Hailie was 16 at the time. So, Marshall Mathers wrote the song "Not Alike" to diss Machine Gun Kelly. It was included in the Kamikaze album released in August 2018.
A few days after, Baker released a response track to "Not Alike" with "Rap Devil." It is a reference to Eminem's "Rap God" track. Kelly accused Eminem of banning his appearances on certain outlets and took a dig at the rap legend's fading stardom. Ten days later, Eminem released a response track to "Rap Devil" with "Killshot."
Though many would agree that Kelly lost this feud, to have a competitive exchange with a musician one is looking up to is a legendary feat regardless.
Dating Megan Fox
While filming "Midnight in the Switchgrass" during March 2020, Kelly met Megan Fox. Film shooting was stopped temporarily due to the pandemic quarantine, but the two were seen together in many places in Los Angeles.
On top of that, Fox recently ended her 10-year marriage with Brian Austin Green. During the filming of the thriller movie, both Fox and Green were "taking time apart."
Many fans speculated that the two were dating until the silence was broken with a song. Machine Gun Kelly released the music video for his song "Bloody Valentine." In that video, he is seen head over heels for the "Transformers" actress. As if those were not enough, Fox plays a dominatrix and even lip-synched to "I'm calling you girlfriend" lyrics. On top of that, both shared clips from the music video on their respective Instagram accounts.
Collaborating with Travis Barker
Aside from rappers, Machine Gun Kelly also lists Guns N' Roses and Blink-182 as musical influences from the rock genre. As luck would have it, he is now collaborating with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The pair have been consistently working together and made numerous songs. They collaborated with Yungblud on the song "I Think I'm Okay."
In December 2019, Baker confirmed he is working with Barker for pop-punk project Tickets to My Downfall. "Bloody Valentine," "Concert for Aliens," and "My Ex's Best Friend" are the rocking singles from the said album.
Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker recently appeared in the MTV Video Music Awards to promote the album.