After years of building a buzz, Machine Gun Kelly has announced a partnership signing of his EST 19XX shingle to Bad Boy and Interscope Records. In a video that shows him signing the contract next to Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jimmy Iovine, the DX Next alum explains how he’s grown from being homeless in Cleveland, Ohio to rocking in front of thousands of people.

“In just the past three years, me and my friends were able to go from sharing our dream with 15 people to living it in front of 15,000. I’m a 21-year-old kid from Cleveland, Ohio who truly started from the basement,” he explains.

In a press release, he shared his excitement in signing to the labels. “The moment we started the EST 19XX movement during the recording of the Lace Up mixtape, I made a pledge to my fans to protect our brand and become the honest voice of our generation,” he said. “We represent the underdogs, the outcast, the uncool.  We are a true cult with a loud voice.”

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