MGK Signs to Interscope
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:07:12
MGK, the rising rapid-fire rapper from Cleveland who became the first MC in history to win the famed Amateur Night competition at the Apollo, has been signed to Bad Boy/Interscope Records. Information about his forthcoming debut album, Lace Up, will be announced in the near future. MGK has continuously impressed with his exciting and exhilarating live performances at SXSW and Bamboozle, as well as on the Warped and Lil Wayne tours, just to name a few. Far more than a rapper, he is quickly becoming the voice of a new generation as he attracts new fans with each show.
"The moment we started the EST 19XX movement during the recording of the Lace Up mixtape, I made a pledge to my fans to protect our brand and become the honest voice of our generation," said MGK. "We represent the underdogs, the outcast, the uncool. We are a true cult with a loud voice."
MGK first caught the attention of Bad Boy Entertainment CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs thanks to his online viral videos, including those of his memorable showcases at SXSW. The excitement grew after Combs heard mixtapes from MGK --especially Lace Up--and also MGK's personal story, which had cultivated a devoted fan following.
"MGK is a breath of fresh air," said Combs. "He's not just a star, he's a movement!" Added Harve Pierre, President of Bad Boy: "MGK is a great addition to the Bad Boy team. He speaks for a generation of kids who are just like him. Fans relate immediately to his lyrics, his flow and his energetic live performances."
Penning rhymes about personal issues from addiction to family, MGK has become a symbol of relentless perseverance for his fans. Hailing from a broken home and having lived in nearly a dozen cities, MGK found hope in rap while in a Denver high school. He later attended high school in Cleveland, where he built a local following through his heartfelt lyrics, passionate performances and the release of his first mixtape, Stamp of Approval.
MGK added, "We decided to partner with Bad Boy/Interscope because they understood our idea and the importance of keeping our integrity. They want to give us their resources to help share our vision with the rest of the world. This is not about mainstream success. EST 19xx represents a cultural shift, a worldwide revolution. Lace the F*@* Up!!!!"
Watch the video for "Cleveland" by going here.
Watch the video for "Chip Off the Block" by going here.
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