Machine Gun Kelly - Grand Central, Miami

Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 50-photo slideshow of Machine Gun Kelly at Grand Central.

Machine Gun Kelly
Presented by Dope Entertainment
Grand Central, Miami
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Better Than: A rock show. Or a rap show.

"Welcome to the greatest show on Earth. Lace the fuck up."

There's only one place in Miami where you can comfortably rock Lebron James' Cavaliers jersey without drawing awkward stares. And that's Grand Central. 
At least when it's a Machine Gun Kelly party.

Last night, the Cleveland spitter threw it down in the 305, rapping songs off his various mixtapes and his debut studio album, Lace Up.

See also: Machine Gun Kelly on Rap Versus Rock: "There's Only a Divide If You're Ignorant"

Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 50-photo slideshow of Machine Gun Kelly at Grand Central.

"Let me tell you something, when I looked at the tour schedule and saw Miami, I did not expect this," confessed MGK, "I thought everyone was going be too cool, not giving a shit. But if I was sleeping on this city, I apologize. I am now waking the fuck up." 

Backed by a full-band more fitting of a punk rock show than a hip hop show, MGK delivered machine-gun raps with passion and intensity to a captivated crowd. 

Photo by Karli Evans

Signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records and known for his rapid-fire lyrics, MGK rose to fame through the popularity of his mixtapes, which he continues to release today. The latest of these mixtapes is Black Flag, released in 2013.

When we interviewed Machine Gun Kelly he said that there is only a divide between rap and rock if you're ignorant. And nowhere is that more evident than durning one of his shows. 

Photo by Karli Evans

MGK's energy on stage was contagious. It's a wonder he was able to spit his way through his complex rhyme schemes and fast flows with the way he was running and jumping around.

As the show progressed MGK's clothes progressively got more drenched in sweat, until he was performing shirtless showing off his many elaborate tattoos.

There was also a bottle of what appeared to be whiskey making its way around the stage. Throughout the show, MGK would chug from the bottle and pass it off this band-mates. 

Photo by Karli Evans

"The liquor is getting to me," MGK said after a particularly long chug.

"My daughter is coming into town tomorrow and we're going to motherfucking Disney World. The thing is, when I'm with my daughter, I want to be totally focused. No drinking, no smoking, no partying. So I had to get it all out tonight. I was getting fucked up all night backstage before coming out." 

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Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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