Almost a year since his appearance at Barrymore’s Nightclub in Ottawa, Machine Gun Kelly returned to the city to perform at Algonquin College for his “Road Trippin” tour thanks to Kapacity Entertainment and Rickey D Events. Laced up and lit up, a small army of fans filled the AC theatre in anticipation for the Ohio rapper better known as MGK. Having a reputation for being a little untamed, the energy in this guys performance was nothing short of perfection. When you’re at a show where crowd surfing ensues in the first 30 seconds, you know it’s going to be a good one. We weren’t wrong.
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The night started off with performances from Ottawa artists Mace Milly, Swisha-T, and Aspects with an appearance from Toronto rapper JD Era who has been on a few of the tour’s Canadian dates. Every time we see these guys they do Ottawa and Toronto proud justice. It’s dope seeing guys like this deservingly on the same stages as renowned artists. Directly preceding MGK was EST19XX artist Dub-O, also hailing from Ohio, performing tracks off his ‘Old Lights New Lights’ album. All of the opening performances were consistently solid and set a hyped tone for the rest of the night.
After a short video intro where MGK and his crew can’t get their van to start for the road trip, the man himself bursts onto the stage to ‘Wild Boy’ and throws himself into the crowd. Luckily, the fans were ready for a shit-show and they caught him right away because that could have ended badly. Before the show began, we heard talk of super soakers but we’re guessing the tech guys who didn’t want their equipment destroyed won that battle; Maybe next time plan for water balloons, Kells. The spirited antics continued with a turnt setlist of ‘Till I Die’, ‘Sail’, and ‘Ratchet’, a cover of Blink 182’s ‘I Miss You’, and a preview of a new track off his upcoming ‘General Admission’ album (releasing on Oct. 16th). With a full band behind him and producer Slim Gudz (when he’s not off saving babies) to his side, he kept his set going for a full 90 minutes with his vitality never wavering. Machine Gun Kelly is more than a rapper and it shows in his performances; He is an artist in every true sense of the word. How many rappers do you see pulling out an acoustic guitar halfway through their set? Don’t worry, we’ll wait.
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