Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) is one of the much-talked-about hip hop artists in Hollywood right now. Ever since confirming his romantic relationship with actress Megan Fox in May 2020, the American rapper has become a favorite subject of many entertainment news outlets, effortlessly making the headlines almost every single day. But MGK has already made a name for himself in the music industry long before he and Fox became an item. With over 15 years of experience as a musician, MGK is one of the most successful and most-looked-up-to artists today. That being said, fans are curious about his net worth.
Machine Gun Kelly net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Machine Gun Kelly has a net worth of $25 million, as of February 2023. Clearly, MGK makes enough money to live in a newly-built home in Sherman Oaks, California, which he reportedly co-rents with Fox for $30,000 per month. The property, which they began leasing in early 2020, comes with a pool, a basketball court, a spa, and tons of stunning spots for events and parties. But how did MGK earn so much money over the years? Here’s a breakdown:
MGK as a musician
MGK started to become interested in rap music when he was in the sixth grade at Hamilton Middle School in Denver. Ludacris, Eminem, and DMX are reportedly the first three rappers that got MGK into the genre of hip hop as a child. DMX’s We Right Here from the album The Great Depression was one of MGK’s favorites.
While finishing up high school, MGK convinced an MC manager to help him launch his rap career. After adopting the stage name “Machine Gun Kelly” as a reference to his fast-paced vocal delivery, MGK began performing at local venues and releasing mixtapes, In March 2011, Baker appeared in his first SXSW show in Austin, Texas, where he met Sean Combs. According to reports, it was Combs offered MGK a recording contract with Bad Boy Records.
The following year, MGK released his debut album Lace Up, which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200. Lace Up includes his breakout single Wild Boy, featuring fellow American rapper Waka Flocka Flame. His second studio album, 2015’s General Admission, as well as his third and fourth studio albums, 2017’s Bloom and 2019’s Hotel Diablo, achieved similar commercial success.
MGK then changed things up with his fifth studio album, Tickets to My Downfall. Released in 2020, it marked MGK’s departure from hip hop and entry into pop-punk. MGK’s genre switch was a success, as the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with songs from it occupying half the spots on Billboard’s Hot Alternative Songs chart. The album’s single My Ex’s Best Friend reached number 20 on the Hot 100.
Apparently, a lot of people have downloaded MGK’s music, as the Recording Industry Association of America notes that MGK has currently sold 11.5 million certified units of digital singles.
MGK’s sixth and latest studio album Mainstream Sellout was released in March 2022 and debuted atop the U.S. all-format Billboard 200 albums chart in April, becoming his second number-one album in the country.
MGK collaborated with several music artists in the past. These include Pusha T, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Juicy J, Camila Cabello, and many more.
MGK has won several music awards over the years. He has taken home trophies from American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, iHeartMusic Awards, and Ohio Hip Hop Awards, just to name a few. He also received his first-ever Grammy nod in 2023 for Mainstream Sellout, which was nominated for Best Rock Album – a milestone in his music career.
MGK as an actor
While most of MGK’s money comes from his music, he has also received paychecks from appearing in movies and TV series. Some of the most notable films he starred in include 2014’s Beyond the Lights, 2016’s Nerve, 2018’s Bird Box, 2019’s The Dirt, and 2021’s Downfalls High. In 2022, he starred in the romantic stoner comedy film Good Mourning, which he also wrote, directed, and produced. In the same year, he appeared in the action thriller film One Way, starring Kevin Bacon and Travis Fimmel.
On the TV front, MGK starred as Wes Mason in the short-lived Showtime comedy-drama Roadies and most recently made an appearance on FX’s Dave. He has also guest-starred as himself on USA Network’s WWE Raw and MTV’s Catfish and Ridiculousness.
MGK as an endorser
Payment from endorsements and sponsored content also contribute to Machine Gun Kelly’s net worth. Over the years, MGK has secured deals with different brands like Reebok and Young & Reckless.
MGK also earns money from officially licensed merchandise items featuring his brand. For instance, in February 2022, collectible maker Funko released a Pop! vinyl figure in his likeness.
Stage your own private performance in your music collection with Pop! Machine Gun Kelly!
Rocking out while sporting his iconic vibrant pink outfit with his bubblegum pink guitar, this stylized vinyl figure is approximately 5.15 inches tall and comes with a stand.
MGK as an entrepreneur
In addition to his own merch line, which you can buy here, Machine Gun Kelly also launched his own nail polish line called UN/DN LAQR in December 2021. Available on undnlaqr.com, this assortment of nail polish products champion self-expression.
If you have recently been bitten by the MGK bug, below are additional facts about the rapper:
Machine Gun Kelly’s real name
The real name of Machine Gun Kelly is Richard Colson Baker. MGK is usually credited with his real name in his acting projects. As mentioned above, he adopted the pseudonym “Machine Gun Kelly” as a reference to his fast-paced vocal delivery.
How old is Machine Gun Kelly?
Machine Gun Kelly is 32 years old as of February 2023. He was born on April 22nd, 1990.
Where is Machine Gun Kelly from?
Machine Gun Kelly is originally from Houston, Texas.
Machine Gun Kelly’s parents
Machine Gun Kelly was born to missionary parents, so he and his family moved all around the world during his childhood. As a matter of fact, MGK lived in Egypt for the first 4 years of his life. He also resided in Germany for quite some time and lived in different parts of the U.S., including Chicago, Denver, and Cleveland. While in Cleveland, MGK attended Shaker Heights High School.
After MGK’s mother left home when he was 9 years old, he and his father moved to Denver to live with his aunt. After separating from his wife, MGK’s father fought depression and unemployment. The rapper previously shared that he had just two school outfits and that he was bullied as a child.
Are Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox still together?
MGK and Fox got engaged in January 2022. But in February 2023, Fox hinted at a possible breakup between them in a seemingly cryptic Instagram post.
Her post includes a series of photos of herself and a video of an envelope being burned in a fire pit. The Jennifer’s Body actress captioned it with lyrics from Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade, writing, “You can taste the dishonesty/ it’s all over your breath.” The lines are specifically from Beyoncé’s song Pray You Catch Me, which reportedly talks about Jay-Z’s infidelity in their marriage.
This has led some people to speculate that MGK and Fox’s relationship is going through a rough patch. In the comments section of Fox’s last post, before she deleted her Instagram, one fan suggested that MGK had cheated on Fox with guitarist Sophie Lloyd.
“He probably got with Sophie,” wrote the fan. And in a surprising moment, Fox responded back, joking that it could’ve been her. “Maybe I got with Sophie,” the New Girl actress wrote, alongside a fire emoji.
While it’s not clear whether Llyod had really something to do with the recent tension between MGK and Fox, Lloyd is believed to have been in a relationship with drummer Christopher Painter since 2018, according to Page Six.
For those who are not familiar, MGK performs with the same backing band, which is composed of Lloyd (guitars), Steve “Baze” Basil (bass, keyboards), Brandon “Slimxx” Allen (keyboards, backing vocals), JP “Rook” Cappelletty (drums), Travis Barker (drums), and Justin “Jus” Lyons (guitars).
Adding fuel to the fire, eagle-eyed fans noticed that Fox was following only three people on Instagram before she deleted her account. Those three people were Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet, and Eminem, who publicly feuded with MGK for years.
As fans can remember, their fight started in 2012 when MGK tweeted about Eminem’s then-16-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade Mathers: “I have to say, she is hot as f—k, in the most respectful way possible cuz Em is king.” In 2018, MGK even released the song Rap Devil in response to Eminem’s diss track Not Alike against him.
Before sparking breakup rumors, MGK and Fox spent the Super Bowl weekend together. On Friday, February 10th, the two were seen together at Cash App and Visa’s H.wood Homecoming Party. But something huge reportedly happened after that.
A source Us Weekly that the pair “had a big fight.” The source said that Fox was supposed to go to MGK’s performance at the Sports Illustrated party on the night of February 11th, but they had a fight, and Fox canceled all her plans and flew out Saturday evening.
MGK still performed at the Sports Illustrated party, but insiders told Us Weekly that the rapper “seemed off” during the show. While he performed just fine, a source told the news outlet that he “seemed distracted.”
Despite the split rumors, an insider told People that MGK and Fox “haven’t officially called off” their engagement, but the actress “took her ring off”. The source also noted that the pair “have had issues in the past, but things seem pretty serious this time.”
Interestingly, MGK and Fox were spotted together on Tuesday, February 14th. According to the Daily Mail which shared some snaps of the pair, the duo was looking “emotional” as they left a “marriage counseling office” in Los Angeles.
The tabloid reported that Fox “appeared emotional as she wiped her eyes with her hand while leaving the building while a pensive MGK followed closely behind.” Although they were seen talking to one another as they walked into the car park, the two left the vicinity in separate cars. The Daily reported that they are believed to have spent “two and a half hours” inside the building.
Prior to having a romantic relationship with Fox, MGK was in a relationship with Emma Cannon, with whom he has a daughter, who was born in July 2009. He also dated model and actress Amber Rose for two months starting in April 2015 and model Sommer Ray from March to April 2020.
How tall is Machine Gun Kelly?
Machine Gun Kelly is 6’3” tall (1.9 m). For comparison, his fiancée Megan Fox is 5’3” tall (1.63 m).