life and hip hop. It was a tough life for the 21-year-old growing up, living in nearly a dozen different places (including Egypt and Kuwait) and dealing with a broken home and disturbing school life. “My mom ditched on me at an early age when I was like nine,” recalled MGK. “My dad was so depressed over that shit that he just stayed in bed for probably the first three years of the divorce, so as a 10-, 11-, 12year-old I was raising myself. After that me and him just had beef with each other because he was never there during those years so we just kind of never really reconciled so he was never really that much a part of my life outside of when I came home. He was physically there but he was never emotionally there for me. I don’t know. Everything. I was getting locked up when I was young. Suspended, failing classes. It’s like the typical American youth fuck up story that describes me. Getting jumped all the fucking time. I had a big mouth. Writing checks my ass couldn’t cash.” When asked about his early love for hip hop, MGK simply says, “I didn’t choose it. It chose me.” Dealing with so many difficult situations, he found himself turning to lyrics as a way of coping with some heavy shit. “It’s amazing but it’s also rare because to go back and dig that deep but also you don’t wanna keep being repetitive,” said MGK of writing the perfect lyric. “You wanna talk about new things that are going on and sometimes life is great but on a lot of my best records, life is shitty, so I’ve gotta wait for some bad shit to happen. I write very few songs but the songs I do write have very deep meanings to them and they last forever. Even though I have fewer songs than a lot more artists, they’re more powerful than others. I really just treasure ‘em, dude. I don’t have a choice. When you have those rare records and shit, and they come at the perfect time, you kind of have to hold on to ‘em and wait for the right time and let ‘em go.” His single, “Invincible,” co-starred Ester Dean on vocals and was featured in a Verizon ad played just about every commercial break during the NFL season. In the commercial a guy strolls through an imploding city reminiscent of the one in “Inception,” as he obliviously listens to MGK on his phone. It’s part of the times in which we live. Gone are music videos, replaced by spots on commercials or
tabbed as entrance music for wrestlers (“Invincible” was also used by wrestler John Cena). Despite it being a common way in which to display your music, MGK can’t be bothered with such trivial things. “I don’t even give a fuck how that shit is out, motherfucker. I’m here for the music. I’m not here to get on commercials and shit like that. I never asked for that shit,” he said. “Yeah, it feels awesome but I’m not in this shit to get fucking sponsors and all that shit. I don’t give a fuck about that. When that shit happens on its own, it’s beautiful but if it’s like I’m begging for it, that’s just whack, which I’m not.” Currently submersed in a wicked 90 cities in 99 days tour with Tech9, MGK is learning how to cope with the road as he goes and does a variety of things to loosen up before a gig. “We always say a prayer. If I can have sex before I go onstage, that’s ideal. Fucking whatever, dude. It doesn’t matter. Shots. Jack off, whatever. Just whatever’s random. Every day is different. I try to sober up, really. That’s the biggest thing with me,” he said. “I’m a really heavy drinker and a heavy smoker so that’s just not gonna fly on a 90-city tour. I’m not in a group either so it’s not like if my voice goes out, I have other people to hold me down. If my voice goes out, I’m the center of what goes on onstage. Fucking my people up.” His “people” and most passionate of fans are part of the Lace Up Movement but MGK isn’t about promoting it. If you’re a part of it, you get it. If you’re not, take a hike. “I’m not talking about the Lace Up Movement,” he said. “There’s no point, dude. Why would I talk about something that you can’t put in words? Words can’t describe how beautiful that movement is. My movement and Tech’s movement, it’s like two colts coming together. They seem to mesh really well and it’s like fucking mosh pits, boobs, tits, all that shit. Two of hip hops best performers in my opinion, on one stage.” Some might call MGK an egomaniacal asshole. It doesn’t matter because, in his mind, he’s already conquered you.
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