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“They’re idiots,” the Cleveland, Ohio, representer tells BET.com of the white rappers who have made the derogatory term a part of their vocabulary. “It’s just not a hot look, that’s not my swag. I wouldn’t do it, I think it ruins careers.”
Currently experiencing an early taste of fame the lanky wordsmith is mindful of the sensitivity of the N-word and dislikes the tasteless method some artists use to gain notoriety or acceptance in the culture. MGK is understandably agitated by the backlash some white rappers face because of the controversy sparked by Kreayshawn associate V-Nasty with her use of the N-word.
For MGK, the story of his rough upbringing is enough to validate his authenticity.
“I had zero [dollars], I was living in my manager’s mother’s house when I was shutting down malls all without a big single,” MGK passionately shares while sitting in the sleek midtown Bad Boy offices. “You can’t really take that away from me, so as far as comparing me to white rappers, I’m just a rapper who happens to be white.”
Eager to veer the conversation back to the talk of music, MGK hypes his latest high-powered banger “Wild Boy,” featuring Waka Flocka Flame, which is being touted as the first single from his Bad Boy Records debut, Laced Up. The once homeless MC is convinced that his rags-to-riches tale will not be tarnished by the Bad Boy prestige and Diddy’s opulent lifestyle.
“Puff is hands off creative-wise and lets me do my thing,” he explains. “They agreed to keep my brand as is, and not touch it. It’s a legendary label, and to be put with the people that are on here is an honor.”
The 21-year-old is still cautious not to divulge too many details about his pending freshman effort, Kelly does promise the project will have features from Bun B, Mike Posner, along with a big JR Rottem produced banger. Opting not to have an album diluted with too many features MGK vows that the project's main focus will be to get back to the essence of his movement.
“The direction is back to the old Lace Up,” says MGK. “It’s very motivational it’s very under-doggish, its theme songs of what you’d want to hear if you were down and out, something to run away to.”
Lace Up is due out spring 2012.