Born Richard Colson Baker, but best known as Machine Gun Kelly or MGK, he gained fame with Stamp Of Approval in 2006 and became known for his spitfire lyrics. He won the MTVu Breaking Woodie Award in 2012. In 2018, he starred as Felix in Netflix's Bird Box.
He was presented with the Hottest Breakthrough MC Award from MTV in 2011 after releasing his album Lace Up.
He was raised in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland and abroad as a single child, and learned to speak Arabic before learning English. In 2015, he briefly dated Amber Rose. He has a daughter named Casie from a previous relationship.
He collaborated with Lil Jon on the 2012 song "Lace Up."