Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, and More Rock XXL‘s CMJ Showcase

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Last night (October 21), as fans wrapped around the block of NYC’s Highline Ballroom in the Chelsea district of Manhattan to witness the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, Dom Kennedy, French Montana, and more rip the stage for XXL‘s CMJ showcase dubbed “A Night of New Hip-Hop,” anticipation for the night’s attraction reached fever pitch.

Kicking off approximately at 12:20 a.m., a vintage Starter New York Knicks snapback-sporting, Action Bronson hit the stage churning the lyrics to his “The Come Up” Freestyle followed by “Barry Horowitz.” Running through a gang of favorites including “Bag of Money” featuring Meyhem Lauren, “Muslim Wedding,” and more. West Coast MC Kid Ink then took to rocking the crowd. After performing the Jahlil Beats-produced, “It’s On” and “Blowin Swishers,” the tatted spitter brought out Cory Gunz for their collaboration, “Tatted Up. ”

From there, Chris Webby came through busting crowd favorites such as “Roger That” (“I’m the best in the burbs and bitch you could Roger That!“) as well as “La La La,” where he closes his set saying, “Wear a condom, don’t drive drunk, and get fucked up!”

When it’s announced that Cleveland native and recent Bad Boy signee, Machine Gun Kelly was next, a thick cloud of excitement swooped the room, fueling a the night’s loudest ovation. “Lace Up,” the rapper exclaimed before jumping into the smooth “LTFU (One More Time).”

“First of all I want to thank all you standing in line to come up in here” he says before paying homage to Eminem, reciting the lyrics to “Lose Yourself.”

After more than 20 minutes, it was clear that MGK had made the show into his own as he delivered an exhilarating performance featuring multiple stage dives, crowd surfs, a live band, KurtCobainBack references, pouring water bottles, and more.

Before signing off in nothing but his drawers and socks, the Bad Boy artist staggered the crowd with his riotous Waka collabo, “Wild Boy.” “Yeah bitch, yeah bitch I’m a wild boy…Cobain’s Back!” MGK got so wild that he strained his back and left the stage limping.

The long-running set was followed up by LA spitter, Dom Kennedy who represented for the West rocking to joints such as “Dom’s Prayer,” “Platinum Chanel,” “Me Again” and more.

To cap off the night in the City, Bronx rapper French Montana kept the hometown crowd rocking—who were churning “Free Max B” before he hit the stage— with his string of brooding block anthems including “Break a Bitch Down,” “Choppa Choppa, Down,” “Tony Montana” freestyle, and a slew of others including Uncle Murda’s “Warning,” who joined the stage as a special guest.

“Free Max B and Happy Birthday to Stack Bundles,” he commanded before signing off.—Ralph Bristout

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    believe me..this kid the new great white hope…yellow wolf had that buzz..but he didnt run with it..this kid got hiphop in his veins..he dont even care bout making $…he gonna make it huge..5 years time..ull see

  • cmonson

    machine gun kelly’s music is pure shit. i’m not buying any of this redneck rap culture bullshit. i understand his upbringing might have been rough, but he’s still white in America and there’s plenty people who’ve had it harder who DON’T rap. This guy should make an EP with Rich Hil

  • $yk

    5 THINGS I LEARNED FROM THIS BLOG (shouts to Tony Grands)

    1. Kid Ink is clearly XXL sponsored (no hate, just see it)

    2. Cory Gunz’ career is failing on Young Money

    3. Action Bronson is on the come up (shouts Mayhem Lauren, the dude in the ‘Lo with Action)

    4. Whomever was taking pictures CLEARLY likes MGK

    5. Puffy FINALLY got his great white hype (do your history)

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  • twellvs

    Ok $yk, YOU sir are retarded, the person taking pictures VERY well could have NOT liked MGK.(even though thats almost impossible) there were alot of pictures of him because it was basically HIS show. if uve seen him live, you know theres nothing else even comparable.
    and to Cmonson, u sir, are a fucking idiot. his music is not trash, ur just fucking jealous of his fame. he didnt get big because of his rough childhood, he got big because he can RAP with MEANING. he pours his heart out into every song and performance and relates to all his listeners while holding values to his friends,family, and fans before money and fame. FUCKING RESPECTABLE. LTFU

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