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PR: Machine Gun Kelly MTV's 2011 Hottest Breakthrough MC
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PR: Machine Gun Kelly MTV's 2011 Hottest Breakthrough MC

Courtesy Greg @ Big Hassle.



Los Angeles, CA - December 2011 - EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records signee Machine Gun Kelly, or MGK, is the winner of MTV's 2011 "Hottest Breakthrough MC" competition. The poll-based contest announced its winner on MTV's RapFix Live yesterday, December 14th. MGK bested fellow MC's A$AP Rocky, Future, Roscoe Dash, French Montana, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Twist, Freddie Gibbs and Meek Mill. Last year's winner of the Hottest Breakthrough MC competition was Wiz Khalifa, who edged Nicki Minaj and went on to have one of the year's biggest impacts.

MGK understands the awards impact: "It's been such an unbelievable year. I'm so passionate about the Lace Up movement," the MC said. "I can't thank my fans enough for believing in me and making something like this possible."

Born Richard Colson Baker in Texas, MGK and his missionary parents took up residence in multiple countries around the world including Egypt and Germany, before settling in his "hometown" of Cleveland, Ohio. He earth-quaked the standstill mid-west's quiet Hip Hop landspace in early 2010 with a series of loud and fiery mixtapes. Popularized by the viral video "Chip Off The Block", which registered greater than 3.4million views on YouTube, MGK began to get nods from major label heads. But it was the ground-rattling GB Hitz-produced single "Wild Boy", featuring Waka Flocka Flame, which substantiated MGK's rising star status. He announced the official video for "Wild Boy" on 106 and Park on December 8, 2011. In only a few days, the viral fire was set with the rowdy moshpit party hit exceeding 4.5million views on YouTube.

MGK recently announced the upcoming release season for his debut album "LACE UP", which is set for a Summer 2012 release. Already a commercial success, MGK's "Invincible" song is featured in television and radio advertisements for hot new 4G Smartphone the HTC Rezound from Verizon Wireless. The popular cellular gadget's headsets are powered by Beats Audio.

MGK will also hit the road on two separate tours to kick off the New Year. First, MGK will join Kansas City MC Tech N9ne for an ambitious "90 Dates in 99 Days" cross -country run. Then, the rapid-fire MC will hop on the legendary Vans Warped Tour that has helped launch amazing careers for superstars like Eminem.

MGK made headlines earlier this month when he motivated a 17 year-old fan, Ryan Yex, born with Cerebral Palsy to walk for the first time ever by inviting him on stage during a performance in his hometown Cleveland.

After releasing a succession of mixtapes, including "100 Words and Running", "Lace Up" and "Rage Pack", the energetic city-hopping MC was approached by Bad Boy CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs after a performance at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Impressed by MGK, the legendary star-maker signed the artist to his Bad Boy Records label in August of 2011, and announced this signing during an appearance on 106 & Park on December 8, 2011.

For full details and the latest information on Machine Gun Kelly and his upcoming "LACE UP" album, added Tour Dates, and Videos visit and follow MGK on Twitter .

"90 Dates in 99 Days" tour dates:

Wed. March 21  Kansas City, MO      Independence
Fri. March 23      Kansas City, MO      Midland
Sat. March 24     Kansas City, MO      Midland
Sun. March 25    Wichita, KS      Cotillion
Tues. March 27   Tulsa, OK         Cains
Wed. March 28   Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Sat. March 31      New Orleans, LA    House Of Blues
Sun. April 1 Houston, TX   Warehouse Live
Sun. April 1 Galveston, TX House Of Blues
Thurs. April 5       Austin, TX       Emo's East
Fri. April 6   Dallas, TX        House Of Blues
Sat. April 7  Amarillo, TX   Civic Center
Tues. April 10      Albuquerque, NM  Sunshine
Wed. April 11      Farmington, NM     Top Deck
Thurs. April 12    Flagstaff, AZ    Orpheum Theatre
Fri. April 13         Tempe, AZ       Marquee Theatre
Sat. April 14        Tucson, AZ       Rialto Theatre
Sun. April 15       San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Tues. April 17      Las Vegas, NV         House Of Blues
Wed. April 18      Los Angeles, CA     House Of Blues
Thurs. April 19    Ventura, CA   Ventura Theatre
Sat. April 21        San Luis Obispo, CA       Poza Saloon
Sun. April 22       Santa Cruz, CA       Catalyst
Tues. April 24      San Francisco, CA  Regency Ballroom
Wed. April 25      Sacramento, CA    Ace Of Spades
Thurs. April 26    Reno, NV       Knitting Factory
Fri. April 27         Chico, CA       Senator
Sun. April 29       Medford, OR         Armory
Tues. May 1         Bend, OR      Midtown
Wed. May 2        Eugene, OR  Mcdonald Theatre
Thurs. May 3      Portland, OR         Roseland
Fri. May 4   Yakima, WA Sundome/Capital Theatre
Sat. May 5  Seattle, WA  Showbox SoDo/Market      Tues. May 8        Spokane, WA      Knitting Factory
Wed. May 9        Missoula, MT       Wilma Theatre
Thus. May 10    Boise, ID       Knitting Factory     Sat. May 12        Salt Lake City, UT  Saltair
Sun. May 13      Grand Junction, CO       Two River Convention Center
Tues. May 15     Aspen, CO    Belly Up
Wed. May 16     Colorado Springs, CO   Black Sheep (2 Nights)
Thurs. May 17   Ft. Collins, CO       Aggie Theatre
Fri. May 18         Denver, CO  Red Rocks/Fillmore
Sat. May 19        Casper, WY Civic Center
Sun. May 20       Billings, MT Shriners Auditorium
Tues. May 22      Rapid City, SD     Rushmore Convention Center
Thurs. May 24    Fargo, ND   The Venue
Fri. May 25         Sioux Falls, SD     Ramkota Exbit Hall
Sat. May 26        Minneapolis, MN        Epic/Myth
Sun. May 27       Omaha, NE Sokol Hall
Tues. May 29      Des Moines, IA   Val Air Ballroom
Wed. May 31      Madison, WI      Orpheum Theatre
Fri. June 1  Milwaukee, WI   Eagles Ballroom
Sat. June 2 Chicago, IL  House Of Blues
Sun. June 3         Indianapolis IN   Egyptian Room
Tues. June 5        Ft. Wayne, IN     Grand Wayne Ballroom
Wed. June 6        Grand Rapids, MI       The Orbit Room
Thurs. June 7      Detroit, MI Emerald Theatre
Fri. June 8   Cleveland, OH    Agora/House Of Blues
Sat. June 9  Columbus, OH   LC Pavillion
Sun. June 10        Pittsburgh, PA    Stage AE
Tues. June 12      Buffalo, NY         Town Ballroom
Fri. June 15 Worcester, MA  Palladium
Sat. June 16         Sayerville, NJ     Knitting Factory
Sun. June 17        Philadelphia, PA        Electric Factory
Tues. June 19      Baltimore, MD  Rams Head Live
Wed. June 20      Norfolk, VA        Norva
Thurs. June 21     Charlotte, NC    Tremont Music Hall
Fri. June 22 Myrtle Beach, SC       House Of Blues
Sat. June 23         Atlanta, GA        Center Stage
Sun. June 24        Orlando, FL        Firestone
Wed. June 27      St. Petersburg, FL       Jannus Live
Thurs. June 28     Tallahassee, FL  Vinyl Music Hall
Wed. July 4 Louisville, KY      Expo Live
Thurs. July 5        St. Louis, MO      Pageant

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