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Format: CD
Sku: 240399274
UPC: 602537161041
UPC 14: 00602537161041
Release Date: 10/9/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Save Me - (featuring M. Shadows/Synyster Gates) ~ MGK
2. What I Do - (featuring Dub-O/Bun B) ~ MGK
3. Wild Boy - (featuring Waka Flocka Flame) ~ MGK
4. Lace Up - (featuring Lil Jon) ~ MGK
5. Stereo - (featuring Fitts) ~ MGK
6. All We Have - (featuring Anna Yvette) ~ MGK
7. See My Tears ~ MGK
8. D3MONS - (featuring DMX) ~ MGK
9. Edge of Destruction - (featuring Tech N9ne/Twista) ~ MGK
10. Runnin' - (featuring Planet VI) ~ MGK
11. Invincible - (featuring Ester Dean) ~ MGK
12. On My Way ~ MGK
13. End of the Road ~ MGK
14. Half Naked & Almost Famous ~ MGK
15. Hold On (Shut Up) - (featuring Young Jeezy) ~ MGK
16. Warning Shot ~ MGK

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Photographers: Jonathan Mannion; Matthew "Spordy" McMahon.
Muze PNote Cleveland MC MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) signed to Bad Boy/Interscope on the strength of several mixtapes showcasing his relentless style and some of the hungriest-sounding tracks in recent memory. Lace Up is the official debut, collecting touched-up versions of some of the strongest individual tracks from previous offerings as well as an album's worth of brand-new material. MGK's rapid-fire delivery is all frenzy, all starving, all bombast, and the beats are equally aggressive. Even the indie rock-based backing of "Stereo," featuring Fitts of the Kickdrums crooning on the chorus, is transformed into a high-power sex metaphor beneath MGK's storm of syllables. A barrage of guest stars shows up on Lace Up, including party-starters of several generations with Lil Jon on the title track and Waka Flocka Flame helping out on the Jackass-inspired dumbness of "Wild Boy." DMX, Young Jeezy, Tech N9ne, Twista, Ester Dean -- the list of cameos goes on and on. Despite the laundry list of guests, MGK stays in the dead-center spotlight with underdog rhymes, hard-time tales, and heaps of Cleveland love. "On My Way" is a collection of fond reminiscence of growing up broke and wild in Cleveland while "All We Have" is an against-all-odds look at lost friends and family members that somehow works in a "Go hard or go home" message. Production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Alex da Kid, and a track-by-track host of others keeps the album moving but always at a screaming pace. At times the beats are a little predictable, and the extreme flavor that runs through the album sometimes uses too many cornball metal guitars or crunchy synths to accentuate its rage. The hotheaded persona of the 22-year-old, tattoo-covered skinny white rapper from the rough streets of urban Ohio will no doubt remind some of Eminem's rise to fame more than ten years prior. The vibe on Lace Up isn't identical to the early era of Slim Shady, but there are more than a few parallels. MGK's fan base expanding exponentially overnight, his constant referencing of his rough back-story, and his flair for storytelling are all reminiscent of Eminem's frantic beginnings. He's less campy or sophomoric, but there's even the occasional interspersion of melancholy heartstring-pulling alternative hooks into his songs, as on the world-weary "Runnin'" or "See My Tears." However, his trigger-happy delivery probably owes more to the influence of Cleveland natives Bone Thugs-N-Harmony than it does Marshall Mathers' over-enunciated flow. These comparisons are more of an afterthought than anything. Lace Up is a beast of a debut, and some of the heaviest mainstream-friendly hip-hop happening in 2012, a picture of young energy at its zenith. The Sean "Diddy" Combs connection adds a little too much gloss to the grime, hanging Lace Up somewhere between the underground intensity that it seems born from and the commercial overexposure that MGK seems bound for. ~ Fred Thomas

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist M. Shadows
Muze Guest Artist Synyster Gates
Muze Guest Artist Dub-O
Muze Guest Artist Bun B
Muze Guest Artist Waka Flocka
Muze Guest Artist Lil Jon
Muze Guest Artist Fitts
Muze Guest Artist Anna Yvette
Muze Guest Artist DMX
Muze Guest Artist Tech N9ne
Muze Guest Artist Twista
Muze Guest Artist Planet VI
Muze Guest Artist Esther Dean
Muze Guest Artist Blackbear
Muze Guest Artist Young Jeezy
Muze Guest Artist Cassie

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Undisputed
Muze Music Compilations Undisputed(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Feel
Muze Music Compilations MY OWN LANE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Own Lane
Muze Music Compilations LOOK UP(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Lace Up [Deluxe Version] [PA] ~ Machine Gun Kelly
Lace Up [Clean Version] ~ Machine Gun Kelly
Lace Up [PA] ~ Machine Gun Kelly

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/09/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B0017549-02
Music Label Name Label : Interscope (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537161041

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.84)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "His big-label debut ranges from inspirational and R&B-tinged to crazy-ass and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony-tinged..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Mgk
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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