Machine Gun Kelly - Lace Up

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"Lace Up" sheds light on opposing characteristics while also revealing an artist who is still growing into his own skin.

As he takes a break from rapping on the nostalgic “On My Way,” Machine Gun Kelly candidly wraps up a series of teenage stories by proclaiming, “We too grounded to be Hollywood, man.” It’s a phrase that is indicative of the Cleveland rappers’ brisk yet fruitful career thus far, which has fluctuated over the last few years between personal success and public controversy. His debut album Lace Up sheds light on these opposing characteristics while also revealing an artist who is still growing into his own skin.

MGK's appearance as a reckless, spur of the moment individual is one that many would initially recognize him for, with “Wild Boy” and the title-track doing little to curb this belief. On the former track, MGK is joined by Waka Flocka Flame for a rowdy offering that is entertaining on the surface but lacks creative value (“Suck my dragon balls bitch, call me Goku”). “Lace Up” fares better, with Kelly finding the right rhythm alongside Drumma Boy’s synth-heavy production. Lil Jon’s presence is also a nice touch, who sounds more relevant here than he has in some time.

Public image aside, what makes Machine Gun Kelly such an admirable act is the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve and does so with a ravishing intensity. With the exception of M. Shadows’ flagrant wailing near the end, “Save Me” is an impressive record that puts MGK’s journey into perspective over slick guitar licks and pressing drums (“Mother fuck this rap shit, trying bury your boy six feet, let me show you ‘bout real / Try telling me that you can make it up out of the city, 26 dollars to multi-mill’s / Face inside of the XXL, try coming back to the Eastside still / Well bitch I did and it’s still the kid, labeled a Bad Boy before this deal”). This same intensity is found on “Edge of Destruction” and “D3mons,” the latter taking a menacing look into his rage-filled psyche. In each instance he chooses the appropriate guests to accompany him, which in turn make for a solid performance.

The album finds its lowest moments when Machine Gun Kelly does indeed go Hollywood, a decision that was arguably out of his control. Regardless, radio-friendly tracks like “Invincible,” which he’s confirmed as manufactured, pull him out of his comfort zone and into industry purgatory. You want to enjoy it, as inspirational rhymes from MGK carry a motivational appeal. But between the blatant cross-promotion (an Interscope artist referencing Beats by Dre? That’s a first) and Ester Dean’s trite hook, the record is quickly run into the ground. Then there’s “All We Have,” a fluffed-up cut that attempts to go deep but misses the mark completely. He would have been better off with something similar to “See My Tears.” Still on the pop side, this track avoids an overtly awkward tone that the aforementioned ones achieve.  

Full of passion, charisma and a lyrical dexterity that is undeniable, Machine Gun Kelly certainly has the ability to rap for the long haul. With that said, Lace Up is an imbalanced project that fails to establish MGK’s grand message. His debut is decent at best, with hope that his following projects yield better results.



  • Riley Houser

    Machine Gun Kelly is the reason I'm still alive. A few years ago I found his music and have NEVER been happier. He speaks about real things, the represents kids on the bottom. Lace. The. Fuck. UP.

    • Hailey Smith

      I know exactly what you're talking about. My friend started playing his music around me and I absolutely loved it and couldn't relate to any other artist more than Machine Gun Kelly. You can really feel his emotions just by listening to one of his songs.

  • The-Influence

    Bought this cd the other day out of pure boredom.. I know MGK, but not too many songs. However, I am definitely a fan of his now. Pretty much every song has substance, which in this day & age is a rarity. Overall, the entire album flows very well together, good sequencing. He has some big name guests on here, which is impressive enough, but they all fit, and belong on each respective song. I can see how some ppl won't like this album or MGK, but by no means can anyone with sense to their brain or an open mind, say that this album sucks or is trash. Very solid album that I just can't stop listening too. (Have it for a week now). Absolutely no less than 3.5 Good flow, lyrics, concepts, and production that compliments each song to the next.

  • Brendan Hernou

    Best Rapper ever!

  • Quinton V.

    Awesome Album. Just bought it and I'm so happy with it. He reminds me a little of Yelawolf except with more rage and a sicker flow. Easily a 4. Close to 5.

  • brandon

    best album ive heard in years

  • name

    I've listened to this album at least 20 times. There's not a song on here i don't want to listen to.

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  • brett

    It's a solid debut album. You can tell MGK is still finding his own way. He'll get there.

  • ryan

    I think it's a solid album. I'd give it a 4. The fact that it's not a perfect album shows he has a long career ahead of him. Rappers that make 'Classic' hip-hop albums on there debut album often struggle the rest of there career on concepts...50 cent is an example After Get Rich or Die Trying, it was just disappointing unless you were in high school lol. Jay-z dropped Reasonable Doubt then DMX career started shortly after. Until Blueprint dropped, DMX was the illest in the Game. Lyrically, Nas is better than Jay and DMX. But when it comes album to album Nas has 3 classics Illmatic, Stillmatic, Life is Good. Jay has 5 Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime Vol.2, Blueprint, American Gangster and Black Album. DMX's first 2 albums are Classics and At that time perfect for Rap after The Death of Tupac.

    • Lyrical Hitman

      Dude u knowledge of hip hop is not bad, bt it aint vast. U started listening 2 rap music wen let's c, bout 10yrs ago & dat stl puts u in da millenium era wher rap musics' concentration went frm lyrical & conciousness 2 money, cars & bitches. Now pls tell me wen Jigga entered da game wat rap music was bout? At dat time da game was gr8 to listen 2 caus there were mor rappers wit a conscious up bringing & a lyrical state of mind. Jigga came out wit da same contribution wich made him a real figure in hip hop. Now compare 1 of his earlier albums wit any of his recent shit & u'll realise dat ur boy is a sell out. An example 4 ur inexperiencd hip hop mind is wen the market turned their interest 2 rap songs bout money, cars, hoes & all dat meaningless crap he(Jigga) decided 2 change his approach & spit bout dat shit. Now dat pissd off alot of us hardcore hip hop fans caus he suddenly turned into a corporate puppet & is now living off da votes & sales of da ignorant & young kids who dn't listen 2 da lyrical content & substance bt a hook nd cool beat. Dat was 1 of his many offences as well as da ' the takeover' attempt housing da attack on one of hip hops' greatest influences & contributions, Nas. Now every real underground rap fan knows dat lyrically Jigga cud not hold a candle 2 Nas and as long as BIG was around Jigga wud stay in da 'gud but not gt8' column. Now 4 da whole 'king of NY' scam, i feel dat if u hav 2 promote urself as being da king & no fans or anybody in da game says so den ur not truly da king. Wit BIG it was da NY community & fans who crownd him, nt a marketing scam for$. Holla. U've jus been schoold by me, LYRICAL HITMAN. (i'm oldschool bra, cummin frm da 80s & 90s era. My 1st exposure 2 dis artform was Mc Shan, Kool Moe Dee, KRS-1, Nas & a few othas, so u c wher i get my mental archive)ps: take dis as knowledge 4 growth caus u shud learn 2 use every bit of info as ammo 4 ur VERBAL BURNER. So giv it sum thought bra.

    • Anonymous

      one track doesnt make a cd a classic but thats if you ask me. shouldnt give those out so easily. whos in your top 5 doa ryan?

    • ryan

      On the song Blue Magic: Jay-z makes a reference to B.I.G.'s death very subliminally but easy to catch. Kinda scary. It's like he's saying he's the best because of it. I don't think he's overated at all, only rapper to have a great mix of radio friendly songs to the same ratio as lyrical gems. Want to hate on Big Pimpin? Fine. Listen to D'Evils or 22's.

    • Anonymous

      camel face soooo overrated

    • Anonymous

      you gotta b kidding american gangster classic??

    • Anonymous

      american gangster album is so underrated. that shit is my jam. if you fuck wit real hip hop chek this video wit big ass boobs and crazy pig zombies



  • Wild Man

    This album gets a 3 from me. He's a better rapper than i originally thought. This isnt bad for a debut album. He's further proof that EMinem is the cream of the white rapper crop

    • ryan

      No rapper can be compared to Eminem on there first album. It's what happens for the next 2 albums is the critical point. That's where I think Lupe went wrong, his first album pure classic but his second album a far drop off from that which lead to label disputes and a radio friendly Lasers. His New Album was his come-back to Hip-Hop Fans its like his version of Stillmatic.

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  • BelgiumHiphopfan

    Solid. Nothing special.



  • Iseah

    MGK gets a lot of undeserved hate. He raps about shit going on around him and to him. Not to mention he spazzes and has some dope songs and crazy lines. Solid album, not great but not terrible. Anyone saying it's terrible/trash/garbage or any other synonym for "not good" obviously has not heard it and should give it a chance.

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  • doustg36

    THis guy is complete garbage I just dont get it. People will Flock to anything its kinda disapointing

  • Anonymous

    how come someone doesnt like a white rappers music, his fans say its bc he's white....stop playing the damn race card already

  • Anonymous

    if you like this check out

  • Anonymous

    shit is just wack, he fucking tries to fucking hard to be eminem. And btw Yealwolf is 1000 times better than this dude.

  • Nostalgic

    worst release under da Bad Boya imprint!

  • codezilla

    I stumbled across a youtube video of his (chip off the block) in my facebook feed... immediately grabbed the deluxe version of Lace Up via itunes. Money well spent. The only thing I've listened to for the last week. Can I vote 6 stars??

  • jon do

    "Decent at best" What really, MGK is lyrically one of the best artist today, he does not rap about drugs, he raps about life, and that can be portrayed throughout the whole album.

  • you suck

    This reviewer sucks!!! lace up is litterally the best album of the year, your talking about things that are bad? the reason you think they are bad is because they are unique! no one does it like mgk! LTFU!

    • KILLLaaaaaa

      No. MGK is a garbage piece of shit who hides the fact that he has no lyricism behind a rapid fire delivery. GKMC !!!! ALBUM OF THE YEAR. TDE YA BISH

  • me bitch

    I heard the first MGK song a month ago and i am a fan now. if u rate rick ross higher then MGK then hell you like listening to raps about food more than real life.

  • lantz

    hilarious someone said this was better then kendricks hahaha its okay but no mad city

  • Charis

    I can listen to this album over and over. As long as the music connects, I dont care if its rap, "true hip hop" punk, whatever... This music makes me happy. EVERY time I replay it...

  • ark

    It's funny, no one gave a fuck about MGK when he was a fat fuck, had no tats, and was getting owned in freestyle competitions. Now, all of a sudden, he's hard and has a crazy style. The kid is a joke. Fake ass Slim Shady. Only wiggers like this shit.

  • Holla

    Complete bullshit review, this album is very good. If you decide to give rick ross a 4.0, or prodigy's bumpy johnson album a 3.5, then give this a fucking 8.0 because it's a LOT better. Reviewers on this site should fuck themselves

  • name

    This review was completely off the mark. This album is great. D3mons is a huge misfire as far as DMX. He didn't bring shit to the track. There aren't any songs on this album I don't like. I can listen to this on repeat over and over again with no problem, and I have since it came out. You mad bro?

  • jarrid

    Fug that noize kells is already the best, he pours everything into music the good the bad and his style...some people are just pussies so they dont get the real shit.........Lace the fuck up...and fuck haterz

    • doustg36

      your right just becuase he white doesn't make his music bad his music is just bad son Raps about nothing and is fake as fuck dont you ever say gibbs is overated sons been doin his thing For YEARS and has way more substance in his music then mgk dl the mixtape "The Miseducation Of Freddie Gibbs" fuckin fool

    • anonymous

      just because hes white doesent mean hes bad. Freddie Gibbs is overrated, why dont you look past skin color and actually listen to the music?


      no actually machine gun kelly is a pussy and he makes music for faggots. listen to the new freddie gibbs if u wanna hear some gangsta shit not this faggot white boy

  • Dangerous Dave

    Machine Gun Kelly is actually dope. At first I was hating on this guy because he's white, but fuck it. I heard 'Half Naked and Almost Famous', and was like "damn, this song is hot"

  • E

    Fair review. Some highlights, some lowlights...all in all tho it just don't stand out and forms just an average project

  • BOSS

    DX has just lost a fan!! this album needs a much better review, in my opinion the was a great first album, there are countless tracks with quality

  • BOSS

    DX has just lost a fan!! this album needs a much better review, in my opinion the was a great first album, there are countless tracks with quality, an to top it off the track with dmx was sick!!!! one of the best albums of the year

  • BOSS

    DX has just lost a fan!! this album needs a much better review, in my opinion the was a great first album, there are countless tracks with quality, an to top it off the track with dmx was sick!!!! one of the best albums of the year. also id like to put money on it that mgk will blow up, in 5 years this guy will be at the top of the game! no doubt

  • BOSS

    DX has just lost a fan!! this album needs a much better review, in my opinion the was a great first album, there are countless tracks with quality, an to top it off the track with dmx was sick!!!! one of the best albums of the year. also id like to put money on it that mgk will blow up, in 5 years this guy will be at the top of the game! no doubt!!!

  • firealarm

    one of the most undeserved hated artists today. Solid album.

  • Edgar

    Mgk bitch!!!!! Lace the fuck up!!!!

  • Breezy

    Damn -- 3.0? Edwin Ortiz is on some bullsh**. Not saying it was a 4.5, but at least 3.5-3.75 quality.

  • David

    Yall scored his album way to low. 2012 album of the year, definatly beats out Kendricks album which production wise was shit!!! I find myself only listening to 1 track off Kendricks album, and find myself listening to lmost every single song on MGKS....Yall needa learn how to review albums better!

    • Anonymous

      i see wat ur saying but the genius of kendricks album is the way its all one story intertwined into each other as apposed to a bunch of songs that can skipped and interchanged in order but i def think the rating shud be higher about a 4

    • Anonymous

      that kendrick album will be on repeat for a while...

    • Anonymous

      ...actually I agree, there is more good songs on MGK's album then there is on Kermit-dots, and believe me I gave Kermit a shot

    • Anonymous

      You sir, have poor taste in music.

  • JR

    I think this was a 3.5. I was originally an MGK fan, but then started to jump off the wagon when Wild Boy came out. This CD was a good surprise, and I don't think it was as pop-oriented and compromising as the review made it out to be. Still impressive for a debut album

  • Anonymous

    The rating's about right. It's not a bad album, but I'm definitely not in his marketing base.

  • SoulCulture

    An unlikely hero amongst the people, Machine Gun Kelly is the Cleveland City representer who went from sleeping on couches down on his luck to inspiring a generation of youths with his reality check rhymes and tales of hope. Signed to Diddys Bad Boy label, MGK is one of the premiering artists who are a part of Diddys Bad Boy reinvention. His rapid fire flow and emotionally driven lyrical content combine to create a well rounded individual who could well become an underground icon over time if he manages to keep his huge following in tact. As a fan of punk, rap, rock, and pop, MGKs debut album Lace Up is an amalgamation of styles, genres, and musical delivery. One minute youre listening to the albums introduction, Save Me, which features M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of the metal band Avenged Sevenfold, while the next youre thrust into lyrically honest pop song All We Have. With a live show discussed the world over due to MGKs high octane work ethic and unfiltered onstage antics, its no surprise to discover that some of his music offers the same kind of rowdy delivery. As a case in point, immediately following one another the tracks Wild Boy MGKs breakthrough single featuring Waka Flocka Flame and the Lil Jon assisted Lace Up push the boundaries of aggression like a bulldozer through concrete. On a more dark tip than aggressive one, teaming up with DMX once again on D3mons offers a chilling journey in to the mind of an individual tormented by spiritual demons. With the use of sinister sound effects and spooky ad-libs, the track itself sounds like an extension of DMXs own Damien audio series; the only thing missing is Xs Damien vocal change. Eerily outstanding from start to finish, playing this after dark is not a good idea for those with a heart condition. MGK really did his thing on this one. On the flip side to his combative nature MGK is also a street disciple with much love for his people. With a long list of unfortunate past events which include homelessness, seeing close friends die, and dealing with his best friend being locked up for a very long time MGK is the perfect spokesperson for those wanting to rise from the bottom to the top. No track oozes passion, or encourages self-inspiration, like End Of The Road does. With some sentimental production courtesy of MGK himself and Slim Gudz, and an uplifting hook sung by blackbear, the marriage between vocals, lyrics, and production on this particular record make it an emotionally-charged force not to be reckoned with; Live for the moment, not by the past/ Homie live each day like its your last. With a tongue that twists and turns faster than some of the industrys finest emcees, it only made sense that MGK team up with Twista and Tech N9ne. Edge Of Destruction hears the Cleveland rhymer spit rapid rhythms with the aforementioned over a sped up hi-hat and piano-driven instrumental with no negotiation as far as verse pauses are concerned. Screaming, Fuck the world, the three emcees are forced to address the ups and downs of todays world. MGK even goes one step further and questions what the late great Christopher Wallace would think; Do you really think the Notorious B.I.G. would believe these guys?/ All these internet thugs that the internet finds. Switching things up slightly, commercial smash Stereo is an obvious choice for a single. Upbeat, catchy, with a vocally ear pleasing hook performed by Fitts of The Kickdrums, its actually one of the better pop records of 2012. While some of MGKs usual mic offerings suit only one demographic this record is something all listeners can enjoy, sing along to, and ultimately dance to. While some of the music on Lace Up sounds the same in parts Invincible and Runnin particularly the album still stands up as a potentially time testing creation and respectable body of work. MGK is an artist with tons of authenticity, drive and passion for living life. Not concerned with bling blinging, popping bottles every day of the week, or topping pop charts the world over, hes just a gifted individual who chooses to live life as if the world were his playground and with this outlook on life comes creative, comical, honest, lyrically potent and enjoyable music.

  • Eton

    Wow. I agree that it was unbalanced, but the rating seems unjustifiably low, and the reviewer overly-focused on the inclusion of a single (Invincible) that dropped about a year ago. To me, the bigger issue (to the extent that there is one) is that the record was made over the course of a couple of years, which seems to have detracted from the cohesion. Regardless, there is a lot here to like -- at least a "4.25" as a fan and a "3.75" as an objective observer. I do look forward to future projects.

  • huh.

    I like this guy as a person, not at all as a rapper.

  • Aceone

    This is for sure one of the best albums i've ever heard it's scored WAY TOO LOW. I'm a big tech n9ne fan but Lace Up was way better than E.B.A.H

  • Anonymous

    Best album for 2012 !!!

  • Anonymous

    Better than Eminems last couple albums....Atleast its not all poppy corny shit

    • Anonymous

      please stop comparing white rappers to other white rappers....that's racist

    • owwwwwww

      cant say anything to that 2nd comment pure ether Eminem worst day (touchdown with T.I. prolly)>>>>>>> MGK

    • Anonymous

      Cosign the latter, MGK has nothing on Eminem so to compare them would be useless.. Eminem's rhyme structures and flow dwarfs anything MGK puts out

    • ....

      "Atleast its not all poppy corny shit" 3 a.m., My Mom, Insane, Bagpipes from Baghdad, Hello, Same Song & Dance, Medicine Ball, Stay Wide Awake, Old Time's Sake, Must Be the Ganja, Underground, Hell Breaks Loose, Buffalo Bill, Elevator, Taking My Ball, Music Box, Drop the Bomb on 'Em, Cold Wind Blows, On Fire, Won't Back Down, Cinderella Man, So Bad, Almost Famous, Untitled, Ridaz, Session One etc. are "poppy corny shit"!?

  • carAnthony

    Fuck that lame boi...

  • Anonymous

    album is classic you haters.

  • Anonymous

    yo dx rated this album way to low this is by far my album of the year so far i was impressed with this album if you dont have it i recommend picking it up!

  • TheVersed

    It'd be tough to argue that Machine Gun Kelly isn't one of the more "interesting" artists in hip hop today. With a relatively limited catalog of music out, compared to other up-and-coming artists (which really only includes one song that's seen major national exposure, "Wild Boy") he's undeniably built a pretty big buzz around his name, and has had some success building both a loyal following and brand with his "Lace Up Movement". With that said, it'd be safe to say that his newly released, not -so-surprisingly-titled full length debut, Lace Up (not to be confused with his mixtape of the same name) has been one of the more anticipated, but at the same time, questioned, hip hop projects of the last few months of 2012. However -and even more difficult than trying to deny his current relevance in the industry - is trying to truly figure out if his success so far has been due more to his artistic decisions, or his knack for racking up a rap sheet of what seems to be strategically petty arrests (i.e. PR inducing, and non-threatening to his freedom), and Diddy/Bad Boy affiliation. Anyone familiar with his music would probably quickly admit that he brings a certain type of energy to the table, which is obviously embraced by (at the very least) a specific type of fan. The noticeable size of his fan base is proof of that fact. But, on the other side of the coin, it's hard not notice other, more established and successful artists that offer the same energy and "feel" he does - in a slightly more believable and focused package. Artistically, those have been his loudest and most common criticisms to date, and for those that are familiar with the grander scope of modern hip hop, they're probably legitimate. His style is a slightly more refined take on "trap", that's laced with some occasionally impressive tenacious lyrical delivery. He tries to keep trunks banging like Waka Flocka Flame, and attempts to rhyme with the lightening fast and rough aesthetic of Tech N9ne or Twista. Sometimes he does "slow" things down a bit, but even then, he remains committed to keeping things up-tempo and relatively loud. Unfortunately, he fails to practice his craft with the ability that has made all of the previously mentioned artists bonafide icons of their respective sub-genres. It's pretty obvious too, especially considering all three of them are featured on the album, and outshine MGK in a big way which isn't a good look considering it's his debut. He also calls in (or maybe Diddy did) legend Bun B, and two (probably) past their prime greats in DMX and Lil Jon. From start to finish, every single one of them proves that MGK just isn't cut from the same clothat least not yet. His wordplay and ability to switch lyrical cadences pales in comparison to Tech N9ne and Twista on "Edge of Destruction", and he isn't close to as gritty as DMX on "D3MONS". He can't come anywhere near capturing the energy of Waka on the album's year old lead single "Wild Boy", and he definitely can't effortlessly ride a beat like Bun B either, though few can. Granted, it wouldn't exactly be fair to knock an artist for being unable to compete with some of the best to ever do it. However, he's so transparent with his influences, that the album feels more like MGK trying to say "Hey everybody, I'm just like these guys", instead of forming an actual artistic identity for himself. The result is a somewhat awkward collection of tracks, that lack a coherent direction or message. While several of them are enjoyable in their own right, the album feels more like a random assortment of singles, than what would be traditionally considered an album. Lyrically speaking, MGK definitely doesn't do anything that really stands out from his "hype rap" peers in the least bit. From a substance perspective, a lot of what he says is honestly pretty cliche. To sum it up in one sentence, his message would be, "I had it rough in the streets of Cleveland, and am on the come up - and I like acting out" for a guy who has a diploma from one of the best public high schools in the country, which happens to send 90% of its graduates onto college, and has only ever called one of the cities wealthiest suburbs home, he pulls it off pretty well. (Unless you consider honesty and authenticity an important aspect in your music, of course). Technically, he can put double-time lines together quite impressively, and it's that facet of his personal performance that is the most enjoyable here. From a writing perspective though, there isn't much that could be considered redeeming, outside of a few hints of introspection on the before-mentioned "D3MONS", or what might be the album's most well executed track "Stereo". While the later sounds much more "pop radio-friendly" and subdued than the image he tries to create for himself, it's an interesting metaphor for the way that commercial hip hop is typically embraced the strongest by the youth. To be fair, hip hop doesn't need a strong message to be good, but he just can't compete with other artists that rely on raw energy either. The production here is equally as inconsistent. While there was an obvious effort made into the mixing, mastering, and engineering here, every single track, regardless of its content, tries its hardest to integrate "trap" style drums. That'd be fine if the rest of the production or lyrical decisions fell in line with that aesthetic, but they don't. While there are plenty of interesting samples and instrumentation decisions throughout the project (like the album's opening trippy key work on "Save Me", or the horns on "What I Do") they're almost completely drowned out by the over-the-top percussion. The result is an overall musical experience that tries too hard capture the intricacies of more refined hip hop, while at the same time harnessing the infectious power of "trap". Much like the overall lyrical effort, it's unfocused, and at times, painfully awkward. Overall, Lace Up is perfectly appropriate considering the image and direction that MGK's career has taken to date. Traditional hip hop fans will probably only enjoy this one at moments, and outside of checking out a few of the features, probably won't find much they like. That probably won't surprise that segment of hip hop's fan base though. If you've already bought into the Lace Up "movement", you're going to get exactly what you want too. MGK brings his brand of music throughout, and while it isn't what a lot of hip hop heads would embrace (for a variety of reasons), it displays his signature style in abundance. Even so, at only 13 tracks deep, a few of which have been out for free for over 6 months, this project doesn't even offer much value to the die-hards. By no means is this a terrible or painful musical experience, and MGK has some obvious technical rapping talent. With time and some more life experience, it wouldnt be tough to envision him putting out some great material. But, with his currently questionable artistic integrity, niche appeal, and the fact that hes directly competing for ears with guys like Yelawolf, 2 Chainz, and Waka Flocka Flame, in the hype rap category, its tough to call Lace Up anything but well below average.

  • dyale

    mgk is an average artist who has a majority fan base in his home town respectively, well any way he makes music about struggle with his past and things he sees thats wrong around him, with this being said he stayed true to the music that got him a record deal, not the best album ever but its an album from an artist who stayed true to himself and fans and shows that hes improving it deserves a 3.5 but ill give it a 4

  • Anonymous

    definently talented lots of respect but still needs to grow