When: Wed., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. 2016
Depending on who you ask, Machine Gun Kelly is either the best or worst part of MTV’s runoff programming. The Midwestern rapper, record producer and actor is Richard Colson Baker, although he prefers “Kells” from the homies and “Daddy” from the ladies. Beyond Blink-182 and Ludacris, Kelly names screwing his haters’ girlfriends as a major influence, which lends some nuance to rapcore singles like “Wild Boy” and “Invincible.” Kelly’s latest studio album – last year’s General Admission – revisits the rapper’s spitfire lyricism and unapologetic attitude, but suggests a newfound sense of maturity in darker trap anthems such as “Till I Die.” Despite this shift in tone, Kelly’s artistic development won’t put off fans who want to throw down. Embrace the tattoo infections and lace up with Machine Gun Kelly at the Aztec Theater.