Machine Gun Kelly officially changed his name after fans pointed out its problematic issue

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Published Mar 5, 2024 at 05:28 PM

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Machine Gun Kelly, the renowned rapper known for his controversial deliveries and his relationship with Megan Fox, has recently stirred headlines with a significant change—a name transformation. The artist, whose real name is Colson Baker, opted to simplify his moniker from “Machine Gun Kelly” to simply “mgk.”

Explaining the origin of his stage name, Baker disclosed in a biography on Talent First Avenue that he acquired the name due to his rapid-fire delivery during performances at the age of 15. However, in recent years, some fans and critics have raised concerns, arguing that the name may glorify gun violence. Notably, during a September 2022 concert in Iowa, YouTubers Chad and JT protested, urging the rapper to change his name by displaying a sign that read, “Change Your Name!!!” Their motive was to eliminate the 33-year-old’s association with “machine guns” to avoid celebrating them. Thus, the rapper decided to seek the audience’s opinion on this matter, prompting applause.

The first notable sign of a potential name change emerged at the GQ Awards in 2023 when the rapper requested photographers to refer to him as “Machine” instead of “Machine Gun.” Speculation gained momentum when Baker’s comments and online activity hinted at a shift towards this new moniker.

The official confirmation came with the release of his recent single, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’, on 21 February 2024, marking the debut under his new name, mgk.

Surprised? Well, the rapper hasn’t shied away from the limelight. Whether he’s dropping verses about Fox’s miscarriage, or taking to social media to showcase his latest tattoo (a bold black block concealing his prior inkings, adorned with a stark cross on his chest).

The extensive tattoo, executed by artist Roxx, took a total of 13 six-hour sessions, employing over 44 needles to complete the intricate design.

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And that’s not all. The rapper has also shared details about engaging in rituals with Fox, involving the unconventional practice of drinking each other’s blood. It seems that mgk is determined to keep us on our toes, surprising us with each new revelation.

However, not every aspect of mgk’s artistic choices has been universally praised. In January, he faced backlash for the design of his new signature guitar, fashioned to resemble a razor blade. Responding to critics, the rapper expressed reluctance to explain his art, emphasising its interpretive nature: “I’ll never explain my art, because true art is conversational and always up for interpretation. But I will say, that most of you constantly interpret it wrong. And then blame me for your version of what you think my art is. Ultimately I’m sad at how people perceive me in general. Peace.”

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