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MGK laces up for Iron Mic in Edmonton [Review] #IronMic

Edmonton, ABOriginally published on April 22, 2014 – On Apr. 19, Pearl Entertainment delivered the first Iron Mic Music Festival at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Western Canada’s biggest indoor hip-hop music festival debuted with headliners Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK.

After Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch wrapped their Wu Block set of greatness, the last headliner of the evening – MGK – hit the stage running. Just kidding. He didn’t hit the stage running because he had a broken foot and had fractured his ankle. But he performed anyways; alternating between crutches and a wheelchair. Who even does that? I guess that’s what he’s been getting at with that whole “Lace Up” business, ‘na mean? You suit-up and you show-up.

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For the record: when you pay to see an MGK show, you also pay admission to the art gallery that is MGK’s body of tattoos; and you also pay to see his skinny white tush. He’ll probably take his shirt off too. Multiple times. Basically, there’s a lot of bare flesh involved. Machine Gun Kelly is way past his Half Naked & Almost Famous days. Now he’s almost naked and completely famous.

In fact, going to an MGK show is just really sexual (Hi, all-ages show attendees from Iron Mic. Welcome to adulthood). Like when he jacked off his mic. Or when he overtly asked to receive fellatio in his wheelchair. Here’s how it all went down: He took pause to give a shout-out to all of his fans; including the ones that came all the way from out of E-Town just to see him perform. And then he got into some dialogue: “If you don’t mind, I used the show money that I got from this show to buy a brand new car,” MGK begins. And then – low and behold – MGK’s new wheelchair rolls on to the stage. “If you’re a girl and you want to give me a blow-job in my new ride, say yeah!” Cue: endless screaming.

But all of that aside, MGK is the dude who delivers a rockstar show for the heads. See, the “Machine Gun” part of Machine Gun Kelly refers to his chopper flow. And he never misses a beat. Which is mighty impressive when you’re rapping like 548,976,658 words per minute. He does that all while invoking the feelers. Like when he spit his Rise Against-inspired “Swing Life Away” joint. And emotions happened. Oh wait – hold up. The shirt came off.

Then there was that part of the night where the lights dimmed. And it’s all quiet – like one of those wait-for-the-beat-drop moments. And one girl near the front of the stage screeches, “F*ck me!” MGK probably gets this a lot; to the point where it’s become a source of amusement for him. Like, “Hahaha. I am mighty sex god MGK. Hear me roar.” So he yells out “Who wants to f*ck this girl?” and everyone screams. So – um, I guess – props to MGK for helping that girl in front row potentially get some action. Solid wingman status.

Now let’s take a minute to talk about Slim Gudz, here. Because I have a soft spot for hypemen; particularly, I have a soft spot for hypemen who seem to be stuck hyping when it’s obvious they could easily go out and start their own solo journey to rapdom. Let me lay it down for you. There are two types of hypemen: the rapper best friends who – by bro status default – get to rock the stage every night, regardless of talent. Then there are the hypemen who should probably get their own sets, because they can spit for days. Slim Gudz is the latter.

Unfortunately, MGK’s set was cut short. And by cut short, I mean that the lights in the venue turned on and he didn’t get to finish what he started. People were pretty salty about it. But regardless, MGK’s performance was a definite fan-favourite of the night. Now take a minute to check these photos that Sarah Sussman took of MGK and Slim Gudz below.

Photography by Sarah Sussman

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MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

MGK laces up in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic -

Photography by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

About Iron Mic Music Festival

Iron Mic is the first of its kind for Western Canada – it’s an indoor multi-headliner hip-hop festival offered to all ages. The festival is three parts in nature: it features headlining performances from internationally recognized artists. It provides an opportunity for local artists to gain some exposure. And it gives back to the community through charitable efforts. Iron Mic Music Festival was made possible through Pearl Entertainment’s partnerships with Nightshift, Mez Muzik, Dubsac, Jakmove, Diamond Kings Entertainemnt, IPartySask, and HipHopCanada.

Twitter: @machinegunkelly | @SlimGudz216 | @IronMicFest

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

  1. Ishmael

    Frustrating that Ghostface got a single line mention here considering he is not only the best-selling artist out of the bunch, but also the most popular. MGK went last only so that GFK could perform a whole set. I’m also not sure about “fan favourite…” a lot of people left after Ghostface anyways.

  2. @IHeartTART

    We actually reviewed all of the acts at Iron Mic. Here’s the Wu Block post for you to check:

  3. MGK live in Edmonton [News] #HHCSponsered ·

    […] welcome!). And since you’re likely now beyond hyped for the show, peep our last MGK review that Sarah Sussman killed, when he performed at the Iron Mic […]

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