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  (Source: hiphopwired)
Musician destroyed Microsoft computers then proceeded to turn his aggression on store employees with cocky freestyle

Richard Colson Barker, alias MGK ("Machine Gun Kelly"), comes with some pretty impressive "cred".  He rose to fame/infamy via winning rap battles at the Apollo Theater and was recently named MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011.

Seeing as MGK's mix tapes were burning up the underground, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) salivated at the chance to win "street-cred" and joined hip-hop magazine The Source to hold a special event at the Atlanta, Georgia Microsoft Store.  Past events with artists such as Flo Rida (who performed at the Microsoft Store in Orlando) had gone well.  This event did not.

MGK felt compelled to take his performance up a notch by jumping onto tables in the store, stomping around and destroying a number of laptops.  The distraught Microsoft Store employees tried to plead with their guest to stop and cut his mic.

But that only egged on and provoked MGK further as shocked/amused onlookers watched and recorded the incident.

Warning: Video contains strong language and may be inappropriate for children.


Addressing the store employees he offered them a bit of Shakespeare-caliber freestyle poetry, commenting, "Suck my [redacted], I'm up in this mother[redacted]. MGK in this [redacted]. [Redacted] these computers."

In the aftermath Microsoft distanced itself from the incident, saying it didn't hire MGK.  But it did invite him inside.  Microsoft was hoping for attention, clearly, by the guest event, but that hope was soon extinguished when a cocky MGK ditched the script.

Sources: YouTube, AllHiphop



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RE: Sad state of society
By msheredy on 10/4/2012 11:40:24 AM , Rating: -1
It's not a sad state at all, it's called variety. Not trying to sound cliché but if you don't like it don't listen—you didn't have to click play.

I like just about all types of music, just depends on the mood I'm in. Having said that, if I'm in a pissed off mood this music would be perfect.

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...this jackass actually makes a living doing it.


God [insert yours here] Bless America! Cause if it weren't for this country opportunities like this wouldn't exist for anyone. Can't hate the guy for becoming successful.


RE: Sad state of society
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/4/2012 12:20:10 PM , Rating: 4
I disagree. Trash like this is not needed in society, it is tasteless and to people in the Music professions (Composers, singers, musicians) this sort of nonsense only serves to further tarnish the reputation of real music.


RE: Sad state of society
By Solandri on 10/4/2012 12:36:08 PM , Rating: 4
I'm inclined to agree. But I'll bet our parents said the same thing about the bands we liked when we were kids.


RE: Sad state of society
By RufusM on 10/4/2012 2:22:38 PM , Rating: 3
This /\

In the 50's Elvis was decried as being too sexual and suggestive for shaking his hips. Today he's an icon. I'm not comparing this idiot to Elvis but rather an older generations view of certain types modern music.


RE: Sad state of society
By Cannyone on 10/5/2012 1:09:59 PM , Rating: 1
Don't take this wrong... But RAP isn't so much a type of "Music" as it is a combination of bad poetry and performance art. Now it is similar to what some Bards did in the past. Still it fails in that comparison because the accompaniment is less lyrical.

Oh and comparing Elvis to RAP is ludicrous.


RE: Sad state of society
By m104 on 10/5/2012 7:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
I Agree. The only reason this kind of 'music' has become so widespread, is because it is so easy to produce, meaning that big record labels/the music industry, can make lots of money with little effort. All they need to do is to heavily promote the artist through radio and tv, and then the money start rolling in (from the 13-23 age segment).


RE: Sad state of society
By NellyFromMA on 10/4/2012 12:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, I don't think anyone (ok, the more credible ones) are saying rap across the board sucks or whatever. I like it myself.

However, this guys behavior I think is what everyone refers to as being trashy. Hard to argue against that, even for a devil's advocate like myself.

Basically, they guy was pretty disrespectful and also WTF MS for even allowing it. It honestly makes no sense from a marketting perspective, at least pick an artist that has a more general appeal.

I guess they got what they paid for, minus the equipment loss. Very funny from the outside looking in though hahaha


RE: Sad state of society
By cyberguyz on 10/5/2012 8:10:46 AM , Rating: 3
There's rap and then there is cussing out a crowd to a beat. You are referring to the latter as music or creativity?

Exactly where is the creativity on climbing on a table, jumping around like a spastic hyena and yelling "F**K you motherf**ker! Don't like it suck my ****" while you stomp all over and destroy a store's merchandise?

I really don't see it, yet there are some out there that like this kind of crap and will make this goofball tons of money by buying his *ehrm* music.

As I said, society is in a sad state when someone pulling this kind of crap can make money doing it from the few people just like you.


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