Richard Colson Baker was better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper, songwriter and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2011, he signed a record deal with Bad Boy, under the aegis of Interscope. Following MGK's previous affiliation with the company, he made a return to WWE Raw on the June 15, 2015, episode of the show. The show was hosted in MGK's home town of Cleveland and MGK appeared as a guest on the show, performing "Till I Die" and "A Little More"
As he lived the first 4 years of his life in Egypt, he spoke Arabic before speaking English. He started listening to rap in the sixth and seventh grade, when he attended Hamilton Middle School, a school with an ethnically diverse student body in Denver. The first two rappers that got him into the genre of hip hop as a child were Ludacris and DMX, with MGK gaining severe interest in the genre after listening to DMX's "We Right Here" from the album The Great Depression (2001)
MGK cites DMX and Eminem as music influences, as well as listening rock bands Guns N' Roses and Blink-182 during his youth, citing the latter rap artist and rock band as major musical influences