General Facts and Figures
- Full Name: Richard Colson Baker
- Nickname: Machine Gun Kelly
- Occupation: Rapper and Actor
- Place of Birth: Houston, Texas
- Birthday: April 22, 1990
- Birth Sign: Taurus
- Net worth: $10 Million
- Marital Status: Dating Megan Fox
Richard Colson Baker ( popularly known as Machine Gun Kelly) is a rapper celebrated for spitting lyrics with the speed of a bullet train. All of his rap albums and songs have been featured among the top ten in charts.
Baker was born on 22nd April 1990 in Houston, Texas. As a child, he lived and grew up in several places given that his parents were missionaries. Such places include Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, and even abroad in Germany and Egypt. The frequent move to different areas motivated him to try to learn different languages including Arabic.
He attended high school at the Shakur Heights High School in Cleveland. In 2006, while still in high school, Baker released his first rap mix-tape. It was then that his fans nicknamed him Machine Gun Kelly because of his rapid-fire delivery.
The mixtape fuelled the growth of his career and profile where he started getting invites to perform at local events and joints. Soon after high school, Baker went to Harlem’s Apollo Theater, where he became the first rapper to win a competition.
Consequently, he released several mixtapes including ‘100 words and running’, ‘Laceup’, and ‘Range Pack’ Towards the end of 2011, he upgraded from producing mixtapes to working with major labels, where he soon after released ‘Wild boy’.
Working with major labels quickly propelled him to stardom where he could contend with big names in the industry such as Eminem. It also landed him side gigs such as working on a clothing line with Young & Restless.
Baker has since released immensely successful albums, singles, and collaborations including: ‘General Admission ‘Bad Things’, ‘At my Best’, ‘Go for Broke’, ‘My Ex’s Best Frien, and ‘Tickets to my Downfall’ among others.
For the longest time, Baker had beef with Eminem, which according to critics was a blessing in disguise. In response to Eminem’s offhand comments and critics about him, he produced retaliatory songs and albums which have been featured among the top songs in charts, they include the diss track Rap and Devil and the EP Binge.
Regardless, Baker still cites Eminem to be among his greatest music influence.
Other than a career in music, Baker has explored his acting prowess. The first film he was featured in is the romantic drama ‘Beyond Lights’. He thereafter made appearances in other films including ‘Birdbox’, and the showtime series ‘Roadies’ among others.
In 2008, Baker got his daughter Casie Colson Baker. However, the relationship between him and her mother didn’t work out. He is currently dating Megan Fox, who he claims has positively impacted his life. Richard was previously dated Kate Beckinsale, Amber Rose, and Sommer Ray.
For leisure, Baker has said, in many interviews, that he enjoys smoking cannabis. He also frequently mentions and praises the drug in many of his songs. He has also revealed that he is addicted to Adderal, but is now taking necessary measures to get over it.
Luckily, his addictions have not affected his music career as he continues to entertain fans with what he does best – rap like there is no tomorrow!