Machine Gun Kelly (Richard Colson Baker) or just MGK for short is an up-and-coming rapper, currently signed to Diddy's Bad Boy label. MGK has built steam on his Waka Flocka Flame featured "Wild Boy," which unsurprisingly is the best cut on this seventeen minute EP, Half Naked & Almost Famous - EP [Explicit]. Furthermore unsurprisingly, Half Naked & Almost Famous appears solely for the purpose to support the momentum established by the promo singing "Wild Boy" in preparation for `bigger things,' aka MGK's debut album coming this summer. The results are mixed - none denying MGK can rap, but there is very little to be overly excited about, particularly in only seventeen minutes of material.
"Warning Shot" features one-hit-wonder starlet Cassie channeling Rihanna on the gimmicky hook: "This is our warning shot..." The production work by J.R. Rotem is superb (co-produced by Alby), featuring sound drum programming and tasteful choice in organ. Otherwise, "Warning Shot" is a B or B+ at best. "Wild Boy" is the obvious draw, easily yielding a great cut for the clubs. MGK's rhymes are solid and overt, particularly the hook in which MGK compares himself to Steve-O from Jackass. Stupid as albeit, Waka Flocka Flame does nothing for the `intellect' of the cut, infusing loud screams, overt rhymes, and pure chaos on his second verse. "Wild Boy" is as wild as it sounds, but is also nothing short of a hit.
"See My Tears" is produced courtesy of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, who smartly sample "Rain" as performed by Armin van Buuren featuring Cathy Burton. The production is unsurprisingly sound and the song itself is ok, but nothing `new' or revolutionary. "Half Naked & Almost Famous" aims for rock and roll driven production, and yields some parallels to the sound of Kanye West's "Stronger" (obviously "Stronger" is a better track). Again containing a sample, "Half Naked & Almost Famous" samples "Young Blood" as performed by The Naked & Famous. The closing cut "EST 4 Life" is arguably the EP's second best cut, yielding solid production work by Slim Gudz. The production is more in accordance with that of "Wild Boy," which may be part of the draw. In addition to MGK, "EST 4 Life" features Dubo & DJ Xplosive.
Overall, Half Naked & Almost Famous - EP [Explicit] seems `too rushed.' MGK's debut effort will have to yield more well crafted cuts than this EP that truly show MGK's skills as an MC. This effort is a mixed bag with the dominating cut being "Wild Boy."
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