After moving back to the U.S. to finish high school, Baker talked an MC manager into helping him start his career. At this point, Baker gave himself the stage name “Machine Gun Kelly” to reflect the speed with which he sang.
MGK started out playing at local venues and eventually played at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. He was also on the show Sucker Free Freestyle on MTV2. His second mixtape, 100 Words and Running, came out after that. Even though MGK was getting more known during this time, he was still having trouble making money. His father kicked him out of the house, he had a child, and he worked at Chipotle to support himself.
That would change in 2010 when Alice in Wonderland came out. At the 2010 Underground Music Awards, he won the Best Midwest Artist award for the single. The song’s video also won Best Music Video at the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards in 2010.
After this successful run, MGK and Juicy J worked together on the single “Inhale.” In 2011, Sean Combs signed Kelly to the record label Bad Boy Records.
His debut studio album, Lace Up, came out in 2012. The first single of his debut album, “Wild Boy,” peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Lace-Up debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200. His work got him a spot on the XXL’s Freshman List.
He then released a mixtape called “Black Flag,” which had Meek Mill, Pusha T, and Wiz Khalifa on it. Baker kept wanting more, and after the album came out, he got to work on his second studio album.
After long delays, MGK’s second studio album, General Admission, came out in 2015. At the time he recorded the album, he felt like he had grown up and was more appreciative of his life. The album was sad, but it sold well and started out at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In 2016, MGK and Camila Cabello worked together to make the hit song “Bad Things.” In 2018, MGK and Eminem’s fight got worse and worse. In a tweet from years ago, MGK had said that Eminem’s 16-year-old daughter was “hot.” Eminem didn’t see the tweet until more than a year later, which made him want to attack MGK with a “diss track.” As the fight went on, Eminem told MGK that he couldn’t come on his online radio station anymore. “Rap Devil,” which came out in 2018, was one of MGK’s most famous songs aimed at Eminem.
Hotel Diablo is MGK’s fourth studio album, which came out in 2019. The singles “I Think I’m Okay” and “Glass House” were from the album, which debuted at number 5 on the charts. He later on released the single “Why Are You Here”, which is another pop punk song. He also said that his next album, Tickets to my Downfall, would be a collaboration with Travis Barker and would come out in 2020.
Apart from singing, he also established a career in acting for himself. In the 2014 love story Beyond the Lights, Machine Gun Kelly appeared as a rapper named Kid Culprit who was “shallow and full of himself.” This was his first part in a feature-length movie.