MGK

Half Naked & Almost Famous

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Great thing about EPs is that you can make claims like "I'm Eminem, I'm Jay-Z" and only have to back it up with three or four more tracks. That's just what happens on this MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) debut, which takes the hyped mixtape hero into the official world, which here is mega-official thanks to the EP's appearance on the Bad Boy label. That means the motor-mouthed MC from Cleveland gets Cassie to deliver the hook on the high-polish opener "Warning Shot," while superstar Wacka Flock Flame shows up for the hard-knocking, slowly lumbering party song "Wild Boy." "See My Tears" is a worthy soul-searcher somewhere between B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" and any of Eminem's early therapy sessions, while "Half Naked & Almost Famous" shows the man can deal with an electro/near-dubstep beat right before the closing "EST 4 Life" drops some insider lingo for the faithful. All this makes for one well-rounded EP, and with MGK delivering deadly punch lines and keeping his Twista-fast pace throughout, Half Naked & Almost Famous is a desirable, quick glimpse of a scrappy mixtape maven successfully going legit.

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