His stage name was given for his rapid-fire lyrical flow. He is known for his two mixtapes, 100 Words and Running and Lace Up. He also has been featured in XXL. In mid 2011 MGK signed a deal with Young and Reckless Clothing. On August 3, 2011, he announced he signed with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and Interscope Records. He released many mixtapes, but his debut album, Lace Up, was released October 2012Baker was born on April 22, 1990 in Houston, Texas to missionary parents. Baker and his family moved all around the globe and took up residence abroad in Egypt and Germany, as well as throughout the United States in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Cleveland. Since he lived the first four years of his life in Egypt, he spoke Arabic before English. He started listening to rap in the sixth and seventh grade when he went to Hamilton Middle School, a school with an ethnically diverse student body in Denver, Colorado. The first two rappers that got him into the genre as a child were Ludacris and DMX. At the age of fourteen, Baker moved to Cleveland, where he attended Shaker Heights High School.
On the verge of getting evicted, Baker went to Harlem’s Apollo Theater in March 2009 where he had consecutive victories, making him the first ever white rapper to win at the Apollo Theater. He records music in his home studio which he refers to as the “Rage Cage”. Baker first started to gain exposure when he was featured on MTV2’s Sucker Free Freestyle, where he freestyled numerous verses from his “Chip Off The Block” single. In February 2010, he released his debut mixtape 100 Words and Running. In May 2010, he made his national debut with the single and video for “Alice In Wonderland” from the Midwest Block Starz compilation released by Block Starz Music. He released his second mixtape in November 2010 titled Lace Up which featured the hometown anthem “Cleveland” which is played at Cleveland Cavaliers home games and is on rotation on Z107.9 in Cleveland. Lace Up was recorded in three months in 2010 during a creative burst.
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