Richard Colson Baker, professionally known as Machine Gun Kelly, is a celebrated rap artist that has gained popularity for his rapidly-delivered lines as well as adding zest to his performances by diving into the audience during his live shows.
Kicking his music career off in his teens, the blonde don, as he nicknamed himself, has achieved significant success. He has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his albums including his first album, Lace Up, which has a count of over 500,000 copies sold to date. The album also clinched the No. 4 spot on the United States Billboard 200 Chart with his subsequent albums equally toeing a similar path.
With regards to his personal life, Kelly is not doing shabbily at all. He is the proud father of a pre-teen daughter and has been romantically linked with several Hollywood beauties. The rapper is not the playboy that the media paints him out to be though, and has stated that the fact that he is photographed together with a lady doesn’t mean that they are dating.
From Amber Rose To Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly Has Dated Several Hollywood Beauties
Emma Cannon (Mid – Late 2000s)
Kelly’s first relationship on record goes back to his teenage years when he dated a girl named Emma Cannon. She got pregnant during their relationship and they welcomed a daughter named Casie Colson Baker on the 23rd of July 2008. Kelly was just 18 at the time and given all the pressures that come with caring for a little child, he and his baby mama eventually broke up. However, they remain friendly to date.
The rapper never forgets to send Emma a shout out on mother’s day and in 2012, he penned a song titled Her Song. The lyrics made it obvious that it was his music ambitions that cost their relationship and that he tried to win her back without success.
As for the little girl he got out of the romance, the rapper does all he can to be a good father to her. He often posts pictures of them doing cool stuff together on social media. She has also accompanied him to a few red carpet events.
Amber Rose (April – June 2015)
In April 2015, Machine Gun Kelly commenced a relationship with popular model, TV personality and actress, Amber Rose. He and Rose were together for about two months during which he described their relationship as being so natural. The rapper also stated that he neither planned for nor expected the romance but had to grab it with both hands when it came his way. The pair eventually split up after two months with Rose confirming it herself. She stated that it was a mutual agreement and that they remain friends. The model also revealed that the split was partly due to the fact that she wasn’t ready to cope with the rigors of supporting a musician on tour but rather wanted to focus on her business and son.
Machine Gun Kelly and Halsey sparked dating rumors after both of them were spotted at the beach in March 2017. They promptly denied it but the rumors wouldn’t just go away, rearing its head up again in July 2018. What we do know for sure is that even if the two never formally dated, they are good friends. In September 2020, they collaborated on a song titled Forget Me Too.
Chantel Jefferies (2019)
In July 2019, Machine Gun Kelly was linked with record producer, DJ, actress, and popular YouTube star, Chantel Jefferies. The pair were spotted on several outings and dates but they denied that they were dating. The confirmation later came in September 2019 when the YouTuber posted a photo of them both with the caption “my baby” and Kelly reposted the same with “ily bb” (which is social media acronym for ‘I love you baby’). The relationship would later end that same year.
Sommer Ray (March – April 2020)
hard. even tho 2nd pic is complete invasion of privacy. but hard. https://t.co/UlXgQU7S6a
— Blonde Don (@machinegunkelly) March 19, 2020
Another social media star that Kelly has dated is Sommer Ray. He and the fitness personality began their relationship in March 2020 and he did not bother hiding it, going as far as responding to a tweeted picture of the both of them kissing. They broke up a month later though and the rapper equally tweeted about it as well. His tweet showed that he was a bit peeved seeing as the breakup was on his birthday but he later clarified that his post was one-sided and that Ray is a great person.
Megan Fox (2020 – Till Date)
Machine Gun Kelly is now going steady with popular actress and Transformers star, Megan Fox. He and Fox first met in the course of shooting the film, Midnight in the Switchgrass, in early 2020 and became friends. The actress then featured as a love interest in the video for his song, Bloody Valentine, in June 2020 and they started dating that same month. Megan, meanwhile, had separated from her husband of a decade, Brian Austin Green, in May 2020, and Green has indicated that the separation may not be unconnected to the new romance. According to him, his wife told him that she had experienced something during filming that she would like to explore. He had no choice but to accept her decision.
Machine Gun Kelly Has Dropped Eight Mixtapes So Far
As a newbie in the music business, Machine Gun Kelly dropped his first mixtape, Stamp of Approval, in 2006. He was still in high school at that time and this helped him to build up a bit of reputation in his hometown – Cleveland, Ohio. He, therefore, started scoring invites to perform at local gigs and soon dropped his second mixtape, 100 Years and Running.
By 2010, Machine Gun Kelly released his third mixtape titled Lace Up: The Mixtape. The project featured an ode to the city of Cleveland and this helped it to become quite successful. The song was played non-stop by local stations. It was also adopted by the NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as one of their signature songs.
To date, Machine Gun Kelly has released a total of eight mixtapes with the most significant ones being 2013’s Black Flag as well as 2015’s Fuck It. Black Flag features about five singles including Black Tuxedos, Pe$O, Mind Of A Stoner, Breaking News, and Skate Cans. Mind of a Stoner, which featured Wiz Khalifa, performed particularly well on the charts and went on to win two awards. On the other hand, Fuck It was released in 2015 and was a compilation of about 10 songs that failed to make it to the rapper’s second album. They include Almost, On Everything, Blue Skies, Conversations, and Rockstar, among others.
The Rapper’s 5th Studio Album, Ticket to my Downfall, Topped the Billboard 200 Albums Charts In 2020
In October 2012, Machine Gun Kelly dropped his first album, Lace Up. The album had three singles released including the lead single titled Wild Boy. Lace Up also included collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry including the likes of Cassie and DMX. This led to a positive reaction from music lovers and the album went up to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Albums Charts. It also topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-hop Albums Charts and sold about 500k copies.
Kelly’s second album, General Admission, would come three years later in 2015. It featured about four singles including Till I Die and A Little More. Just like its predecessor, General Admission topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and also reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Commercially, it also sold about 500k copies hence a gold certification from the RIAA.
For his third studio album, Bloom and Binge (2017), Kelly went all out and recruited the assistance of current industry heavyweights such as Camilla Cabello, Quavo, Ty Dolla Sign, and Hailee Steinfeld. His gamble paid off as it resulted in several hit songs including Bad Things which reached the No. 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself made it to No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and sold half a million copies.
Kelly’s fourth and fifth studio albums, Hotel Diablo and Tickets to My Downfall, followed in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Both albums have seen him embark on an experimental move away from traditional rap for a rap-rock and pop-punk sound. The experiment seems to be paying off. Hotel Diablo spurned hit singles such as Hollywood Whore and reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts. Tickets to My Downfall did even better. It topped the Billboard 200 charts marking the first time that MGK would achieve such a feat.
Some Of His Career Accolades Include Best Collaboration At The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
Machine Gun Kelly is one of the biggest music acts to come out of Ohio and he has been honored with several awards during the Ohio Hip Hop Award shows. They include Best Live Performer Award (2009); Best Music Video Award (2010); Best Mixtape, Best Mixtape Artist, Best Male Artist, and Video Of The Year Awards (2011); Best Collaboration and Best National Artist (2012); and Best National Video, National Noisemaker, and Best National Collaboration (2014).
Kelly was also recognized as the US Artist About to Go Global at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, and at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, he took home the gong for Best Alternative Song for Bloody Valentine. His collaboration with Camilla Cabello, Bad Things, was also named Best Collaboration at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards.
MGK’s songs have been featured on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football Show as well as in several WrestleMania video games. He has also put up several live performances at WWE Raw events and even became a part of the storyline on one occasion. Thus far in his career, the Blonde Don has sold over 20 million records worldwide.