Despite a year where new youngsters took over, there was only one who could be named MTV’s “Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011.” That emcee is … Bad Boy signee, Machine Gun Kelly.
Since dropping his 2010 mixtape Lace Up, the Cleveland-bred rapper has built a cult-following that eventually helped him attract all the major labels, all of which were courting MGK. In the end, it was Diddy and Bad Boy that landed the buzzing young artist.
MGK beat out the likes of Lil Twist and Mac Miller, as well as A$AP Rocky, Future, French Montana, Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Roscoe Dash.
“He has just such a movement, just hundreds and thousands of loyal fans that came from the place he came from, in different parts of the country,” Diddy gushed during a “RapFix Live” appearance. “He wasn’t always the coolest kid in school, and just the process of growing up and the problems that they all encounter, they relate to him in such a way.”
MTV said that Lil Twist, who finished in the #2 spot with 39 percent of the vote, was MGK’s most formidable competition, thanks to his die-hard fans, Young Money team and best friend Justin Bieber, who all tweeted in support.
After earning the honor, MGK Skyped with MTV, graciously accepting the title.
“I can’t explain how grateful I am for all those kids who sat there and got in voting circles and sat there for hours and hours and did votes upon votes,” MGK said of his fans, who voted for him in the week-long poll. “I know that we have probably the least amount of fans, but like I told my fans: Heart is always gonna prevail over connections and who these people know and who tweets what.”
Next thing on MGK’s list is his upcoming Lace Up album, which has yet to receive a release date. For more info, keep it locked to MGKLaceUp.com.