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Machine Gun Kelly, Lace Up

Machine Gun Kelly feels like an underdog. It doesn’t matter that he’s signed to Bad Boy/Interscope, has had a Gold single, sells out shows, or sees money from each of these accomplishments. He’s continued to channel the mindset he had as an unknown teenager handing out CDs on the street up to this point, and that doesn’t waver on his debut, Lace Up. Kells’ rock aesthetic has been ushered to the forefront of late, and the album’s first section creates such a musical mood. The opener, “Save Me,” featuring M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of the metal band Avenged Sevenfold, ...

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