Preview: Machine Gun Kelly at The Bluestone

From the August 30, 2012 edition

Cleveland hip-hop firebrand Machine Gun Kelly plays Columbus more than some rappers who live here, so there’s a palpable sense of camaraderie when he comes to town. And anticipation will be high Friday with MGK’s Bad Boy/Interscope debut “Lace Up” (not to be confused with the 2010 mixtape that launched him to fame) coming later this fall.

With Jimmy Iovine and Diddy on his side, the rapper born Richard Colson Baker may be on the verge of an even bigger breakout moment. He’s got the formula down; MGK’s recent duet with Ester Dean, “Invincible,” reeks of Eminem and Rihanna’s smash hit “Love the Way You Lie.”