MGK "Half Naked & Almost Famous" Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:02:09
"Somebody call the fucking paramedics," declares Machine Gun Kelly in "Warning Shot".
The opening salvo from his major label debut EP, Half Naked & Almost Famous, is locked and loaded with hilarious jabs and raw rhymes announcing the formal arrival of hip hop's new outlaw. Cassie's sultry hook only adds to the intensity as MGK shouts out Jay-Z, Eminem, and Nikki Sixx with equal reverence. "I'm a real rock star," he assures as gunshots blast and his hypnotic verbal violence takes over. It's quite the opening to the five-song collection, painting in blood just how diverse and intricate the rapper is.
Belying his blinding rapid fire rage, MGK's also armed to the teeth with a sharp sense of humor. He announces "Cobain's back" and rips through the smoke-filled party starter "Wild Boy" alongside Waka Flocka Flame. At the same time, the Cleveland allows for a moment of visceral vulnerability on "See My Tears". An orchestral hook floats to the heavens as MGK opens up about his journey, daughter, and the trials and tribulations of moving up the ranks. "I care less about appearance as long as they can hear us," he pleads. It's inspirational and it's incisive—like all great hip hop should be.
The title track boasts a rock 'n' roll bombast that's welcome, while the final track "EST 4 Life" will make you want to scream "What the fuck" along with him at the top of your lungs. As a generation, we're currently subsumed by feel good electronic dance music, and it's time pop culture got a dose of reality. MGK provides that in spades. This EP could practically blow up any club…
Call the fucking paramedics because MGK is about to kill the game.
Buy the EP here!
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