Known for a rapid-fire cocktail that’s equal parts hip-hop and punk rock, Machine Gun Kelly (born Richard Colson Baker in Houston) built an underground buzz around a string of DIY mixtapes and got his first taste of success in 2009 when he became the first rapper to win Amateur Night at the Apollo. Breaking out at SXSW in 2011, MGK signed with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records that same year. Unafraid to tackle the “dark shit” he dealt with growing up as a rowdy Cleveland punk, the tattooed 22-year-old revealed what Rolling Stone called a “softer side” on his 2012 EP Half Naked & Almost Famous (the precursor to his debut LP Lace Up) but still maintains he’s among “the wildest, most out-of-control people in the industry.” According to Combs, “He’s not just a star, he’s a movement.” $25-$35, 8pm Thursday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St. Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, scoremoreshows.com. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.
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