Lace Up [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Cleveland MC MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) signed to Bad Boy/Interscope on the strength of several mixtapes showcasing his relentless style and some of the hungriest-sounding tracks in recent memory. Lace Up is the official debut, collecting touched-up versions of some of the strongest individual tracks from previous offerings as well as an album's worth of brand-new material. MGK's rapid-fire delivery is all frenzy, all starving, all bombast, and the beats are equally aggressive. Even the indie rock-based backing of "Stereo," featuring Fitts of the Kickdrums crooning on the chorus, is transformed into a high-power sex metaphor beneath MGK's storm of syllables. A barrage of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Cleveland MC MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) signed to Bad Boy/Interscope on the strength of several mixtapes showcasing his relentless style and some of the hungriest-sounding tracks in recent memory. Lace Up is the official debut, collecting touched-up versions of some of the strongest individual tracks from previous offerings as well as an album's worth of brand-new material. MGK's rapid-fire delivery is all frenzy, all starving, all bombast, and the beats are equally aggressive. Even the indie rock-based backing of "Stereo," featuring Fitts of the Kickdrums crooning on the chorus, is transformed into a high-power sex metaphor beneath MGK's storm of syllables. A barrage of guest stars shows up on Lace Up, including party-starters of several generations with Lil Jon on the title track and Waka Flocka Flame helping out on the Jackass-inspired dumbness of "Wild Boy." DMX, Young Jeezy, Tech N9ne, Twista, Ester Dean -- the list of cameos goes on and on. Despite the laundry list of guests, MGK stays in the dead-center spotlight with underdog rhymes, hard-time tales, and heaps of Cleveland love. "On My Way" is a collection of fond reminiscence of growing up broke and wild in Cleveland while "All We Have" is an against-all-odds look at lost friends and family members that somehow works in a "Go hard or go home" message. Production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Alex da Kid, and a track-by-track host of others keeps the album moving but always at a screaming pace. At times the beats are a little predictable, and the extreme flavor that runs through the album sometimes uses too many cornball metal guitars or crunchy synths to accentuate its rage. The hotheaded persona of the 22-year-old, tattoo-covered skinny white rapper from the rough streets of urban Ohio will no doubt remind some of Eminem's rise to fame more than ten years prior. The vibe on Lace Up isn't identical to the early era of Slim Shady, but there are more than a few parallels. MGK's fan base expanding exponentially overnight, his constant referencing of his rough back-story, and his flair for storytelling are all reminiscent of Eminem's frantic beginnings. He's less campy or sophomoric, but there's even the occasional interspersion of melancholy heartstring-pulling alternative hooks into his songs, as on the world-weary "Runnin'" or "See My Tears." However, his trigger-happy delivery probably owes more to the influence of Cleveland natives Bone Thugs-N-Harmony than it does Marshall Mathers' over-enunciated flow. These comparisons are more of an afterthought than anything. Lace Up is a beast of a debut, and some of the heaviest mainstream-friendly hip-hop happening in 2012, a picture of young energy at its zenith. The Sean "Diddy" Combs connection adds a little too much gloss to the grime, hanging Lace Up somewhere between the underground intensity that it seems born from and the commercial overexposure that MGK seems bound for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537156559
  • Catalog Number: 001751002
  • Sales rank: 20,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save Me (3:12)
  2. 2 What I Do - Dub-O (4:32)
  3. 3 Wild Boy (3:51)
  4. 4 Lace Up (3:02)
  5. 5 Stereo - Fitts (3:54)
  6. 6 All We Have - Anna Yvette (3:27)
  7. 7 See My Tears (4:09)
  8. 8 D3MONS (4:21)
  9. 9 Edge of Destruction (5:07)
  10. 10 Runnin' - Planet VI (2:48)
  11. 11 Invincible (3:06)
  12. 12 On My Way (4:10)
  13. 13 End of the Road - Blackbear (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
MGK Primary Artist
Synyster Gates Guitar
M. Shadows Vocals
J Browz Bass, Guitar
Anna Yvette Vocals
Mat Musto Piano
Anthony "DJ Xplosive" Jackson scratching
Technical Credits
Chris Bellman Mastering
Armin van Buuren Composer
Harve Pierre Executive Producer
L. Gerrard Composer
Adrian Broekhuyse Composer
Drumma Boy Producer
Frequency Producer, Engineer
Klaus Badlet Composer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Producer
Ester Dean Composer
Raz Nitzan Composer
Justin Sampson Engineer
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine Engineer
James McMillan Executive Producer, Management
Alex Da Kid Producer
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Executive Producer
Boi-1DA Producer
Brian "DJ Frequency" Fryzel Composer
Juaquin Malphurs Composer
Frequency Producer, Engineer
Southside Producer
Justine Massa Creative Coordinator
MGK Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Anna Yvette Producer
Kenneth Bartolomei Composer
Phil Schlemmer Engineer
R. Nitzan Composer
Irvin Whitlow Composer, Producer
Rami Eadeh Composer, Producer
M. De Geoij Composer
Jon "JRB" Bishop Producer
GB Hitz Producer
Byron Kirkland Management
Briton "Woodro Skillson" Ewart Composer, Producer
Ashleigh Veverka Management
Alex Kickdrum Producer
A. Masone Composer
SykSense Producer
Slim Gudz Producer, Engineer
Michael "Silent Mike" Brascom Composer, Producer
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