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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 TheDoc9 on 10/4/2012 1:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
No you're just one of those in society like the millions of us that know we're not owed anything and have to actually work hard to take care of ourselves and our families.

Artists, especially musicians, often don't make a lot of money. This guy probably lives with his parents or off his family in some way, and what little money he'll make off this stunt will go into his next album. And then he'll be broke again, because that's just the way that world is. The girls are good though. Only the mega stars 'hit the lottery' so to speak.

I honestly wish more kids knew what I knew about artists, the entire entertainment industry would collapse.


RE: Sad state of society
By RufusM on 10/4/2012 2:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
There are many musicians making good money who are not stars. If you're a good musician, there are all sorts of ways to make good money and enjoy a great living:

1. Contracts for regular gigs (bars, coffee houses, clubs, etc.)
2. Events (weddings, schools, conferences)
3. Giving private or class lessons
4. Television shows and commercial scores
5. Studio musicians
6. Self-publishing

By good money I mean around $75K-100K/year and you get to do what you love. I know a couple of people that do one or more of the above for their full-time job and make good money.


RE: Sad state of society
By cyberguyz on 10/5/2012 8:17:10 AM , Rating: 2
To be blunt, I would not call this guy an artist.

Agreed that there are many good rappers out there that deserve their fame and riches. Then there are the outta control gangsta wannabes like this guy that really should not have given up his day job.

Even still u-tube will give this guy his publicity (the who reason for his prank) and he will reap the monetary rewards from it from the gangsta rap fans out there.


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